claiming races

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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NYRA Announces ‘Under 20s Claiming Challenge’ For 2018 Belmont Meet

The New York Racing Association has announced an “Under 20s Claiming Challenge” for modest-sized stables to compete for cash prizes during the upcoming 2018 Belmont spring/summer meet. The Under 20s Claiming Challenge is open to all trainers stabled at NYRA facilities with 20 or fewer horses in their care nationwide at the start of the […]

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Jamgotchian Takes Challenge Of ‘Claiming Jail’ Rules To U.S. Supreme Court

Jerry Jamgotchian is nothing if not persistent. The California-based Thoroughbred owner has fought a five-year battle over Kentucky regulations that prohibit a claimed horse from racing out of state until the meet during which the horse was claimed comes to an end. Jamgotchian challenged the so-called “claiming jail” or “jail time” rule in Franklin Circuit […]

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Supreme Court Of Kentucky Upholds ‘Claiming Jail’ Rule

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has upheld the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s “claiming jail” regulation that prohibits a horse claimed in a race from competing at another track until after the meeting during which it was purchased has taken its final day’s entries. The unanimous decision, written by Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes, stems from a […]

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