11/17/2006 1:00AM

Premium Tap possible for Clark

Email

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer John Kimmel said Friday that Premium Tap "is in the 50-50 range" to ship from New York for the Clark Handicap, the Grade 1 race that helps close out the Churchill Downs fall meet with its 132nd running Friday.

Premium Tap finished third behind Invasor and Bernardini in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Classic and thus figures as a logical favorite in the $500,000 Clark. Kimmel said the colt was scheduled to breeze Saturday at Belmont Park, "and we'll probably make a decision by Monday on whether or not we'll be coming."

Off that outstanding effort in the Classic, which earned him a lifetime-high Beyer Speed Figure of 111, Premium Tap has been assigned high weight of 122 pounds. With or without him, the 1 1/8-mile Clark is shaping up as a terrific race. Among those expected to start are Wanderin Boy, 119 pounds; It's No Joke, 119; Super Frolic, 118; Wild Desert, 118; and Irene's Mon, 111.

In addition, Dale Romans has three prospective starters for the race - Bright One, 115; Wiggins, 114; and M B Sea, 113 - while Michael McCarthy, the local assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said the stable plans to run A.P. Arrow, 113, and either or both Master Command, 120, and Magna Graduate, 117.

Entries for the Clark will be drawn Tuesday. This is the first year the Clark will carry a Grade 1 ranking after having been upgraded from its previous Grade 2 status.

Summerly tries to go out a winner

At least seven fillies and mares are likely for the $300,000 Falls City Handicap, the Grade 2 race that kicks off the closing three-day weekend with its 91st running on Thanksgiving Day.

Summerly, the 2005 Kentucky Oaks winner, will be the 120-pound highweight when she makes her final career start in the 1 1/8-mile race. The other known prospects are Promenade Girl, 119; Sea Siren, 118; Cryptoquip, 115; Joint Effort, 115; Ermine, 114; and Marimba Rhythm, 114.

The co-features on the Nov. 25 closing-day program are twin stakes for 2-year-olds, both of them Grade 2 races with $200,000 purses. Churchill officials say at least six runners, and probably a few more, are likely for both the Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod.

Those known prospects for the KJC are Any Given Saturday, Going Ballistic, Joe Got Even, Tiz Wonderful, U D Ghetto, and What a Tale. For the Golden Rod, the probables are Bear Bullet Too, Change Up, Cohiba Miss, Debbie Got Even, Lady Joanne, and Wellofaprize.

One filly who won't run in the Golden Rod is Dream Rush, who is unbeaten in two starts. West Point Thoroughbreds spokesman Jeff Lifson said the filly recently had a minor illness and will soon ship to Florida to point for the Old Hat or Davona Dale, both to be run Feb. 10 at Gulfstream Park. Dream Rush, trained by Rick Violette, had been headed to the Golden Rod or the Demoiselle at Aqueduct after a highly impressive allowance win here.

Over the Edge impressive in debut

Rusty Arnold and his longtime assistant Jack Bohannan unveiled an exciting prospect here Thursday when Over the Edge, a 2-year-old Thunder Gulch filly, earned a 97 Beyer for winning her career debut by 3 3/4 widening lengths under Rafael Bejarano.

"All the credit goes to Jack," said Arnold. "He did a tremendous job working with her here in Kentucky. He thought she'd run that type of race, and she did."

Arnold said watching Over the Edge win in such spectacular fashion was "the second time that's happened to me this year," with the first being Magical Ride's winning debut (92 Beyer) at Belmont Park in July. "When they win like that, it really makes you take a step back and wonder what you've got."

Over the Edge was bred and is owned by Arnold's primary client, G. Watts Humphrey Jr. Arnold said the filly will train this winter at Palm Meadows in south Florida, although she might race once beforehand, in the Dec. 23 Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park.

o Calvin Borel returned to riding Friday after taking off two days with a sore knee. He said the diagnoses is "a tiny hairline fracture."

"But I got some cortisone injections in it, and it feels okay," he said. "All I need is to make it another week or so until the end of the meet. We'll be fine." He plans to take off after the meet ends until Oaklawn Park starts Jan. 19.

* Jockey Jordan Springer, formerly Jordan Charkoudian, recently divorced and reassumed her maiden surname. Springer, who rode Case of Gold Music to a narrow victory in the second race here Thursday, is headed for Tampa Bay Downs when the Churchill meet ends next Saturday.

* Jesus Ponce, a recent arrival from the northern California circuit, has been named to ride two horses on the Sunday card. Ponce (pronounced pon-SAY), an 18-year-old native of Panama, intends to ride at the upcoming Turfway Park holiday and winter-spring meets. Ponce, whose half-brother is Florida-based jockey Elvis Trujillo, won 14 races at Bay Meadows before coming here.

* Churchill announced last week that $25,000 was raised for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund at the "Breakfast of Champions" fund-raiser held here the morning before the Breeders' Cup. Nearly 30 current and retired jockeys were among those in attendance.