Bullsbay was entered on Tuesday for the Grade II Clark as he will attempt to become the first Herringswell runner since Better Talk Now in 2005 to win three graded stakes the same year.
Bullsbay was entered on Tuesday for the Grade II Clark as he will attempt to become the first Herringswellrunner since Better Talk Now in 2005 to win three graded stakes the same year.
The strapping bay has won the Grade III Alysheba and Grade I Whitney along with the Harrison E. Johnson in his 5-year-old breakout season. With a win in the Clark, the Tiznow colt could become the first Herringswell horse to win four stakes in a season since Broken Vow and Confessional accomplished that feat in 2001.
Friday’s Clark is as competitive as the handicap division gets. Familiar faces Macho Again and Einstein will head postward, while up-and-comers Etched and Blame look to show they belong.
Macho Again and Bullsbay have started a quiet rivalry throughout their 2009 seasons.
In the Alysheba, Bullsbay beat the grey by 4 1/2 lengths in a winning performance. Just six weeks later, Macho Again turned the tables in the Stephen Foster beating Bullsbay by 1 1/4 lengths. Then came the Whitney. Bullsbay 2-1. In the Woodward, Macho Again evened the score when he ran second compared to Bullsbay’s third. 2-2.
They have literally taken turns beating each other. Follow the pattern, Bullsbay’s turn.
Both rivals come into the Clark off dull efforts, Macho Again ran a form-breaking distant fourth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, while Bullsbay didn’t care for Santa Anita’s Pro-ride in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
With each other’s company expect the two bring out the best in each other.
While the two competitors tangle again, they better not ignore the two new faces in Meadowlands Cup winner Etched and Fayette-winning 3-year-old Blame. Both are coming into the Clark off-of a pattern of three career best performances.
Other major contenders include the ageless Einstein and 3-year-old Indiana Derby champ, Misremembered.