claiming races

Forest Fire Brings Stakes Experience To Claiming Crown Jewel

Shirley Lojeski’s Forest Fire will bring stakes credentials into Saturday’s $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, which will highlight the $1.1 million, nine-race event for horses that have raced for a claiming price of $35,000 or less. The Claiming Crown, which will be hosted by Gulfstream Park for the eighth consecutive year, is a tribute to the […]

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NYRA Renewing ‘Under 20’s Claiming Challenge’ For Small-Numbers Trainers At Aqueduct

The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) today announced the return of the Under 20’s Claiming Challenge for the Aqueduct winter meet. The program, launched in 2018, will begin on December 12 and again remainĀ open to local trainers with 20 or fewer horses. Trainers earn points based on their horses’ performances in all winners’ claiming […]

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Maximum Security, Tax Among Nominees For Claiming Crown

Triple Crown-tested 3-year-olds Maximum Security, the multiple Grade 1 winner and disqualified first-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (G1), and two-time graded-stakes winner Tax are among 261 horses nominated to the 21stĀ running of the $1.11 million Claiming Crown Saturday, Dec. 7 at Gulfstream Park. Maximum Security is scheduled to make his next start Dec. 7 […]

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Blog: New York Races Defy State’s Task Force Safety Recommendations For Claimers

According to a blog post by Tom Noonan, New York racing officials are not following one of their own recommendations to improve equine safety. A task force formed in 2012 to examine the circumstances behind a spate of sudden deaths at Aqueduct determined, among many other things, that fatal injuries were more likely to occur […]

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Expanded Voided Claim, Shockwave Rules Take Effect In Florida Thursday

The FHBPA Board of Directors approved an amended Voiding a Claim Rule at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West beginning with races on Thursday April 18, 2019. The previous rule involved fatalities on the track and horses that were vanned off. The new expanded rule allows a successful claimant to request the voiding of a […]

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Enhanced Soundness Measures Allow NYRA To Boost Claiming Purses

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced purse values for open claiming races will increase, beginning with the Friday, March 8 card at Aqueduct Racetrack. In January, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) formally adopted an amendment allowing racing organizations to apply for adjustments to the purse-to-claim ratio, with the provision that […]

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Gorajec: Horseplayers Deserve To Know When Claims Are Voided

Joe Gorajec, writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog, recently called on all state racing regulators to adopt rules voiding the claim of horses in claiming races if they suffered fatal injuries or were placed on the vet’s list immediately after competing. To date, Gorajec writes, nine states have adopted such rules. In his latest post, the […]

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Thistledown Stewards Suspend Pair Over Program Training, Hidden Ownership Scheme

On June 12, 2018, at JACK Thistledown Racino at North Randall, Ohio, Emily Szczepanski put in a successful $7,500 claim for a 5-year-old Hard Spun mare named If You Believe who had won seven of her 31 career starts. The claim was made in the name of Wendy Montoney, an individual with no previous starts, […]

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Gorajec: Voided Claim Rule Should Become Standard Practice In Every State

Nine states have adopted rules voiding the claims of horses that either suffered fatal injuries or were placed on the vet’s list immediately after their claiming races, writes former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec in his latest InsideRacingRegs blog entitled “The Voided Claim Rule: Some Regulators Deserve Your Thanks.” “The voided claim […]

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Trainer Armata Hoping To Take Woodbine Mile With Former $40,000 Claimer

Trainer Vito Armata already has enjoyed previous graded stakes success here with a claimed horse, sending out $32,000 acquisition Ikerrin Road to capture last year’s Grade 3 Bold Venture on Woodbine Mile Day. Armata will be looking to pull off a much more audacious coup when he saddles Vanish for the Ricoh Woodbine Mile itself, […]

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