11/22/2005 12:00AM

Perfect Drift continues his cycle

Perfect Drift will run in the Clark Handicap for the fourth time Friday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For Perfect Drift and his connections, the pattern has become an extremely familiar one.

Return to the races in April. Run in the Breeders' Cup Classic and maybe one more race. Knock out a million bucks or so. Then head back to the farm to get ready to do it all over again.

Indeed, after Perfect Drift makes his final start of the year Friday in the 131st Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, the same cycle will have been completed for the fourth straight year.

"He's like an ATM," said Murray Johnson, who trains 6-year-old Perfect Drift for the gelding's breeder-owner, Dr. William Reed of Stonecrest Farm. "I'm not that stupid to think that this is going to last forever. But it is a really nice routine to be in."

Perfect Drift will enter the Grade 2, $500,000 Clark off a third-place finish in the Oct. 29 BC Classic, a performance that pushed him past the million-dollar mark for the year and increased his career earnings to $4,232,840. It was the fourth straight year that Perfect Drift ran in the Classic, and Johnson said the gelding could not have returned in better shape.

"It's like he thrived on going there to run," said Johnson. "He's doing well, really well. He came out of the race in very good shape, and we're all set for Friday."

Mark Guidry will have the mount back on Perfect Drift, who has been assigned high weight of 122 pounds for the 1 1/8-mile Clark. Perfect Drift is expected to face about nine others, most notably Suave, the fifth-place finisher in the BC Classic.

The Clark had a notable addition and one notable defection Tuesday. Total Impact, with Garrett Gomez to ride, arrived Tuesday from Southern California, while Gotaghostofachance was not on that same charter flight, as originally planned. Total Impact, trained by Laura de Seroux, won the 2004 Hollywood Gold Cup.

The other probable starters for the Clark are A.P. Arrow, Alumni Hall, Andromeda's Hero, M B Sea, Magna Graduate, Purim, and Stolen Time.

Closing day stakes coming up strong

Churchill racing officials say they are expecting a large field of 2-year-olds for the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, which will help close the meet Saturday with its sister race, the Golden Rod Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

Probables for the Grade 2 KJC are led by Private Vow, winner of the Grade 1 Futurity at Belmont, and Catcominatcha, winner of the recent Iroquois Stakes at Churchill. The other probables are Carse, Great Point, High Cotton, Hyte Regency, King Cole, Liquoreux, Red Raymond, Skip the Details, and Snuck By.

The field for the Grade 2 Golden Rod probably won't be as big but will have She Says It Best, winner of the Alcibiades, and French Park, winner of the Pocahontas. Other prospects include Beau Dare, Dance Daily, Giant Commander, Ermine, and Tiztimetokinect.

* From the 125 perfect tickets that were bought Saturday on the pick six at Churchill, where a nine-day carryover produced a track-record jackpot, 18 were bought through the Television Games Network wagering hub. Each winning ticket returned $32,865.20. Just 10 of the winners were bought at Churchill.

* Churchill has announced that its live racing programs and other special events are now available by downloading podcasts from the Internet. Membership in the track's rewards program, the Twin Spires Club, is required. More information is available on www.twinspiresclub.com.