04/05/2011 1:50PM

Clarke Lane possible for Blue Grass at Keeneland


Clarke Lane, second in an allowance race over a mile on Sunday at Santa Anita, could start in the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 16, trainer Simon Callaghan said on Tuesday.

“It’s just a thought, but we could supplement to the Blue Grass,” Callaghan said of the Grade 1 race over 1 1/8 miles. “He’s a real tough horse and he’s not lost any weight from the race. It’s something to look at. It’s back quick but it is that time of year with 3-year-old colts.”

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In Sunday’s race, Clarke Lane, a Kentucky-bred by Giant’s Causeway, rallied from last in a field of eight in the final furlong to finish a neck behind pacesetter Uncle Sam as a 30-1 shot.

The allowance race was Clarke Lane’s first start since he finished seventh in a minor handicap at Newmarket, England, last August. He was acquired by Callaghan for approximately $80,000 last fall, and later sold to IEAH Stable and Pegasus Holding Group.

The Blue Grass Stakes is expected to draw a large field, including Santiva, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Futurity there last fall.
Callaghan said another option would be to try an allowance race for Clarke Lane and then consider the Belmont Stakes on June 11.

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