11/19/2012 5:36PM

Churchill Downs: Shackleford staying home for Clark

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Shackleford, with Jesus Castanon to ride, will be the 120-pound starting highweight Friday in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Dale Romans has settled on the Clark Handicap, and not the Cigar Mile, as the final career start for Shackleford, the 4-year-old younger half-brother to Afleeting Lady.

“I guess the main factor is just that we wanted to stay home,” said Romans.

Shackleford, with Jesus Castanon to ride, will be the starting 120-pound highweight Friday in the Grade 1, $400,000 Clark, the annual fall-meet showcase. Entries were to be taken Tuesday, with the other probables being Neck ’n Neck, 119; Pool Play, 118; Bourbon Courage, 117; Cease, 117; Take Charge Indy, 117; Lunar Victory, 116; Eye of the Leopard, 115; Mission Impazible, 115; Stealcase, 115; and Fast Falcon, 113.