07/29/2010 4:21PM

Parade Clown returns at Ellis Park


Donamire Farm won the biggest race of the Ellis Park meet three summers ago when Pleasant Hill captured the Grade 3 Gardenia Stakes. The venerable Lexington, Ky., stable, owned by Don and Mira Ball, has been a fixture in Kentucky racing for more than 40 years, with its black-on-white silks.
Parade Clown initially looked like he had a chance to join the farm’s list of elites early in his 3-year-old year, but that bid has stalled. On Saturday, when the richest race on the Ellis card is run as the fourth of 10, Parade Clown will try to get back on his best stride when facing five opponents in a $33,500 allowance at six furlongs.
Six-time Ellis riding champion Jon Court has the mount on Parade Clown, whose victory in the 2009 WEBN at Turfway Park was followed by a sharp runner-up finish in the John Battaglia Memorial. Several creditable efforts ensued, including a fourth in the Lane’s End and a second in a Churchill Downs allowance.
K.K. Ball, the daughter-in-law of the farm’s owners, is the trainer of Parade Clown, a gray homebred making his first start in six months. His main challengers appear to be Indian Silver, Bee Line’s Edge, and Classical Crossing.
First post Saturday is 12:50 p.m. Eastern. The next stakes at the Ellis meet is the Grade 3, $100,000 Gardenia on Aug. 14.