11/20/2010 10:16AM

Fayette winner Successful Dan likely Clark Handicap highweight

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Successful Dan has been assigned 121 pounds for the Clark Handicap.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Successful Dan is expected to be the starting highweight for the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap on Friday at Churchill Downs. An impressive winner of the Fayette Stakes last out at Keeneland, Successful Dan will carry 121 pounds, including jockey Julien Leparoux, in the 136th running of the 1 1/8-mile race.

Dakota Phone, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, actually is listed as the Clark highweight with 124 pounds but will not be returning from California to run.

Successful Dan, already 2 for 2 at Churchill in his brief career, sharpened for the Clark by breezing five furlongs in 1:00.40 Saturday morning over the Polytrack surface at Keeneland.

Apart, winner of the Super Derby and the Ack Ack in his last two starts, also had his final pre-race work when going a half-mile in 48.80 seconds Saturday at Keeneland.

“They tell me he was really reaching and wanting it,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said from Fair Grounds. “We’re ready.” Stall said he will travel from New Orleans to Louisville early Friday.

Other probable starters, with weights, include Apart, 118; Redding Colliery, 117; Brass Hat, Demarcation, Dubious Miss, Duke of Mischief, Stately Victor, and Win Willy, all with 116; Giant Oak, 115; and Our Dark Knight, 112.

In Friday works for the Clark, Redding Colliery breezed a half-mile in 48 seconds over the Belmont training track, while Brass Hat and Demarcation both breezed five furlongs at Churchill, going in 1:02 and 1:03.40, respectively.

Entries for the Clark will be taken Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Funny Moon has been named the 121-pound topweight for the first of the four stakes on closing weekend, the Grade 2 Falls City, which will be run Thursday. Distinctive Dixie, winner of the Chilukki Stakes, is next at 120.

Two more Grade 2 races, the Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod, will conclude the stakes schedule as part of a “Stars of Tomorrow” program for 2-year-olds on Saturday.

Mine That Bird to make closing-day appearance

Churchill has set closing day, Sunday, Nov. 28, as the date for a public farewell for 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.

Leonard Blach and Mark Allen, co-owners of the gelding, will travel from New Mexico for the festivities, as will Chip Woolley, who was the trainer of Mine That Bird throughout his 3-year-old season. Jockey Calvin Borel also will take part in the farewell.

Mine That Bird was recently retired after failing to be a factor in his four starts at 4 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He will be vanned home to New Mexico and will live at Allen’s Double Eagle Ranch.