11/22/2010 12:54PM

Farina replaces injured Borel aboard Brass Hat in Clark

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Calvin Borel rode Brass hat to victory in the Sycamore (above), but Tony Farina picks up the mount for the Clark.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With regular rider Calvin Borel sidelined through the end of the year with the injury he sustained Saturday, Tony Farina will get the mount on Brass Hat for the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Friday.

Borel sustained fractures to his lower jaw in a spill at Delta Downs and is expected to be out of action for at least five or six weeks. Borel incurred the injury when his mount in the $1 million Delta Jackpot, Aces N Kings, threw him approaching the quarter pole. Borel then was kicked by a trailing horse.

Meanwhile, trainer Buff Bradley said Farina, who has been aboard $2.2-million earner Brass Hat in two prior races, will pick up the mount as his stand-by rider. The 9-year-old Brass Hat, with Borel up, won his last race, the Oct. 21 Sycamore Stakes on the Keeneland turf.

Successful Dan, with leading jockey Julien Leparoux to ride, was expected to be the 121-pound highweight when entries were drawn Tuesday for the 136th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark. Brass Hat was one of a handful of runners weighted at 116 for the 1 1/8-mile race. Apart (118) and Redding Colliery (117) are among the other probable starters.

Distinctive Dixie tops six-horse field for Falls City

Distinctive Dixie will try to follow up her sharp victory in the Grade 2 Chilukki Stakes by taking another Grade 2 race at Churchill, the $150,000 Falls City Handicap, the Thanksgiving Day feature that drew just six fillies and mares.

Distinctive Dixie, trained by Wally Dollase, dominated the one-mile Chilukki on the Nov. 6 Breeders’ Cup undercard and will be the starting highweight with 120 pounds when she stretches out to 1 1/8 miles in the 95th running of the Falls City. Robby Albarado has the mount back.

This is the second straight year the Falls City has drawn just six starters; the 2009 running was won by Serenading in a subpar field. One notable absentee from the 2010 lineup is Seeking the Title, who will ship from Churchill to run Saturday against 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 1 Gazelle at Aqueduct.

From the rail, the Falls City field is Dundalk Dust, Third Dawn, Striking Dancer, Distinctive Dixie, High Quail, and Ravi’s Song.

First post for a 12-race Thursday card is 11:30 a.m. Eastern, with the last race set for 4:53 p.m. The Falls City goes as the 11th.

The final three programs (Friday-Sunday) will start at 12:40 p.m. and will require the lights being turned on for some later races.

Goncalves out with hand injury

Jockey Leandro Goncalves also could be out for a substantial amount of time after incurring possible ligament damage in a hand in a training accident Saturday morning at Churchill. Goncalves was scheduled to see an orthopedic specialist Monday, according to his agent, Jimmy McNerney.

Goncalves, 28, had to take off full slates of mounts Saturday and Sunday. He ends his meet with four wins.

Handle rises for Friday night card

Churchill reported an increase in all-sources handle of 38 percent over the comparable 2009 date here Friday, when the only night card of the 21-day fall meet was staged. The all-sources handle was $6,238,179, versus $4,530,664 during the afternoon on the same Friday last year.

Ontrack attendance of 15,583 was the lowest of eight cards since Churchill introduced night racing at the 2009 spring meet, but this was the first one held in the fall, and the attendance nearly tripled the 5,363 from the 2009 date.

As a matter of company policy, Churchill Downs Inc. tracks typically do not announce attendance and handle figures except for special dates.

◗ Leparoux enters the final five-day stretch with a 22-18 lead over Albarado, his closest pursuer atop the jockey standings, with Shaun Bridgmohan next with 14. Meanwhile, the trainers’ race looks like it’s all Steve Asmussen, who has 12 wins heading into the final week.