Clark Handicap to Arabs Arrow
The Clark, which saw a field of six older horses compete at a mile and a sixteenth, resulted in a one-sided victory for Louise J. Hickman’s Arabs Arrow, which accounted for both the Louisville and Churchill Downs Handicaps here last spring. Arabs Arrow, carrying jockey Carroll Bierman to his second saddle success of the afternoon, followed Torchy’s pace to the second turn and then taking command himself, drew steadily away until he was six lengths in front at the wire.
Torchy, a 9-to-0 favorite, was a tiring second, with Sortie Star third, a neck back. Co-Sport was best of the others, but he, too, was tiring badly in the drive.
Arabs Arrow, which shared top weight with Torchy at 116 pounds, ran the distance in 1:45 and through his efforts earned $2,130, representing first money of the $2,500 added purse.
The Hickman five-year-o-ld was always within striking distance of the pace and when called upon on the second turn respond well. He quickly opened up a sizeable lead on Torchy and then in the final furlong was able to make a runaway of the race.
Co-Sport was close up and in hand to the far turn and then was put to a drive to which he could not respond, while none of the others figured prominently.