Clark Winner Proxy To Head For Fair Grounds, Lucrative Races On Radar - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Clark Winner Proxy To Head For Fair Grounds, Lucrative Races On Radar

Tapit colt Proxy, under Joel Rosario, wins the G1 Clark at Churchill Downs

Godolphin's homebred Proxy earned his first career stakes victory Friday with a determined three-quarter length win in the $750,000 Clark (G1) at Churchill Downs and earned a 102 Brisnet Speed Figure for his effort.

Proxy's BSF is just one point shy of his career best, which he earned for his third in the Stephen Foster (G2) July 2 at the Louisville track in his start prior to the Clark and runner-up finish in the New Orleans Handicap (G2) March 26 at Fair Grounds.

“He's always been a horse who's been a little bit behind and immature,” trainer Mike Stidham said. “He's finally grown up now and it's pretty satisfying to get his first graded stakes victory in a Grade 1.”

Stidham stated following the Clark win that their plan was to freshen Proxy after the Stephen Foster, run in the Clark, and then target races such as the $3-million Pegasus World Cup (G1) on Jan. 28 and $12-million Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 25.

A 4-year-old Tapit colt out of Include's Grade 1-winning daughter Panty Raid, Proxy is expected to join Stidham's string at Fair Grounds.

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