Updated on 09/15/2011 1:31PM

Ubiquity nips Include at 19-1

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Ubiquity wins Clark Handicap

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Veteran jockey Craig Perret completed an unlikely stakes double on closing weekend at Churchill Downs when his longshot mount, Ubiquity, gamely held on Friday to defeat favored Include by a neck in the 127th running of the $452,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Ubiquity, a 4-year-old colt still eligible for three-other-than allowance conditions, returned $40.40 after leading all the way in the 1 1/8-mile Clark, a Grade 2 race that probably unfolded quite differently than most handicappers suspected when Gander was taken back to last in a field of 10.

Perret, a former Eclipse Award winner who began his riding career in 1966, won the Falls City Handicap the previous day aboard 22-1 shot Forest Secrets. Both victories were accomplished in much the same way, as Forest Secrets pressed the pace the whole way before defeating a terrific field of fillies and mares.

"I'm riding for the right people," said Perret, 51. "They're putting me right there."

Ubiquity, a Colonial Affair colt owned by Gary and Mary West and trained by Bill Mott, broke well to make the lead from post 2. Meanwhile, Gander, the 7-2 second choice who normally shows speed, was last after breaking a bit sluggishly under Jorge Chavez.

With Tahkodha Hills and Mr Ross chasing him through fractions of 23.76 seconds, 47.37, and 1:11.19, Ubiquity led comfortably down the backstretch and around the far turn before drawing off in upper stretch to have just enough left to hold off Include, the 6-5 favorite under Pat Day.

Include, said Day, "had a very good trip," settling into mid-pack after being shuffled back slightly in the first turn. "He wasn't quick enough," said Day. "I was getting to the winner, but it just wasn't enough."

Mr Ross held on for third, a length behind Include. Then came Connected, Gander, Woodmoon, Storm Day, Tahkodha Hills, Outofthebox, and Tribunal.

Ubiquity finished in 1:48.26 over a fast track, earning $280,240. "I think he earned a trip to Gulfstream this winter," said a jubilant Ralph Nicks, Mott's longtime assistant. "I don't know about a four-other-than now."

The 2-7 exacta paid $125 and the 2-7-5 trifecta paid $1,494.80.

* Earlier on the card, Steve Asmussen sent out victorious Debbie's Promise ($16.20) in the third race to clinch his first Churchill training title. It was Asmussen's 12th winner of the fall meet.