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n. 1) an "X" made by a person who is illiterate or too weak to sign his/her full name, used in the expression "His Mark," or "Her Mark." On the rare occasion that this occurs, the "X" should be within or next to a notation such as "Theresa Testator, her mark." If the mark is intended as a signature to a will it should be formally witnessed (as signatures are) to make the will valid. (See: will)

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MARK. This term has several acceptations. 1. It is a sign traced on paper or parchment, which stands in the place of a signature, usually made by persons who cannot write. 2 Cart. R. 324; M. & M. 516; 12 Pet. 150; 7 Bing. 457; 2 Ves. 455; 1 V. & B. 362; 1 Ves., jr. 11. A mark is now held to be a good signature, though the party was able to write. 8 Ad. & El. 94; 3 Nev. & Per. 228; 3 Curt. 752; 5 John. 144. Vide Subscription.
     2.-2. It is the sign, writing or ticket put upon manufactured goods to distinguish them from others. Poph. R. 144; 3 B & C. 541; 2 Atk. R. 485; 2 V. & B. 218; 3 M. & C. 1; Ed. Inj. 814. Vide Trade Marks.
     3.-3. Mark or marc, denotes a weight used in several parts of Europe, and for several commodities, especially gold and silver. When gold and silver are sold by the mark, it is divided into twenty-four carats.
     4.-4. Mark is also in England a money of accounts, and in some other countries a coin. The English marc is two-thirds of a pound sterling, or 13s. 4d., and the Scotch mark is of equal value in Scotch money of account. Ency. Amer. h.t.

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"It's one thing running around in the summer months, but it's not so easy when the big boys come out and with such a high handicap mark you are very limited in what you can do.
The aim is to get a handicap mark for him, and then go down that route.
After his great effort in defeat last week, his handicap mark is expected to shoot up again.
Needs one more run for a handicap mark, so expect him to make hay in nurseries later in the summer.
Marcus Tregoning's three-year-old had bolted up on her previous two starts on the all-weather when upped to middle distances, after which she was switched back to turf to take advantage of a lower handicap mark.
'At the moment, there is an incentive sometimes for a horse to have a lower handicap mark so that it can win races off that mark.'
Stalls 5f: Centre; Remainder: Inside ALL-WEATHER form figures in bold type Handicap ATR (Class 5) Winner PS3,752.02 (1m 13y)1m AW 11.55 RACE 1 PS7,021 guaranteed For 3yo+ Rated 56-70 (also open to such horses rated 71 and 72; such horses rated 55 and below are also eligible - see Standard Conditions) Weights highest weight: 4yo+ 9st 8lb; 3yo 9st 7lb Minimum Weight 8-8, 3-y-o 8-7 Penalties after December 8th, each race won 6lb Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 1lb Mametz Wood's Handicap Mark 72 Entries 13 pay PS26 Penalty value 1st PS3,752.02 2nd PS1,116.50 3rd PS557.96 4th PS300 5th PS300 6th PS300 7th PS300 8th PS300 DRAW ADVANTAGE: SLIGHT HIGH
Le Beau Bai was third in the 2009 renewal but had shown little form since before taking advantage of a falling handicap mark at the Monmouthshire venue earlier this month.
And King High, successful over fences at Clonmel last time, might avail of his handicap mark and continue the fine run of trainer Eoin Doyle in the Down Royal Punters Pack Handicap Hurdle.
Now rated almost a stone lower, the eight-year-old showed enough on his return from a five-month break at Market Rasen three weeks ago to suggest he can land this less competitive event off his declining handicap mark.
We just thought we'd use his decent handicap mark here and try him at the distance."
Montroe can ruin a potentially good handicap mark but pick up some decent prize-money by landing the pounds 16,000-added Tote Exacta 1-2 Handicap Chase at Ascot today.