10/10/2012 5:53PM

Remington Park notes: Prospective possible for Clark at Churchill

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Barbara D. Livingston
Prospective’s wins this year include the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and Grade 3 Ohio Derby.

Prospective, a five-time stakes winner who in his most recent start finished fifth in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, will be considered for the Grade 1, $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23, said trainer Mark Casse. Prospective’s wins this year include the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and Grade 3 Ohio Derby.

“I don’t have specific plans for him, but maybe the Clark,” Casse said Wednesday.

Prospective was one of two 3-year-olds Casse sent to Remington for stakes last month. The other, Lockout, defeated older horses in the $125,000 Remington Green, run on the same card as the Oklahoma Derby. Lockout was up for a head win over multiple stakes winners Golden Yank and Global Power.

“After seeing what he was in against I thought it was a tough assignment,” Casse said. “He handled it well. I’m quite happy with him. I’m not sure yet what we’ll do next. We haven’t totally decided.”

Casse said Lockout is at Churchill Downs, along with Prospective. Prospective made a strong bid in the Oklahoma Derby, moving up to second then ending up five lengths behind winner Politicallycorrect. Casse blamed himself for the effort, noting the race was Prospective’s first since July 28. The horse had been scratched from the Smarty Jones at Parx because of wet track conditions, then shipped back to Woodbine for the Ontario Derby and was also scratched from that race. Because of the travel schedule, Prospective had a lighter work into the Oklahoma Derby.

“He likes to run,” Casse said. “He’s big, strong, needs a lot of racing. Through circumstances, I probably didn’t have him up to his full potential. . . . He went six weeks without any real serious prepping.”

Both Prospective and Lockout race for John Oxley.

◗ Officials from Saddlebrook Park, a yet-to-be constructed track in Amarillo, Texas, informed the Texas Racing Commission at a meeting Tuesday that plans are to launch pre-opening simulcasting in Amarillo in early November. The original date had been mid-October. Also at the meeting, the panel tabled action on setting race dates for 2013.

◗ So Far So East, who has not seen action since finishing fourth to stablemate Isn’t He Clever in the $150,000 Borderland Derby in February, returns in the 11th race Friday at Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M. The allowance for 3-year-olds is worth $42,000.

◗ Ready Love will be Steve Borunda’s first starter as a trainer when she starts as a top contender in Friday night’s featured ninth race at Retama Park near San Antonio.