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Sixty-Four Horses From Around the U.S. Entered for Saturday’s 10th Annual Claiming Crown at Canterbury Park


July 31, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

Sixty-four of the best claiming horses in the country were entered today for Saturday’s 10th running of the Claiming Crown at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Claiming Crown features seven races, with purses ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 and is open to horses that have started at least once in 2007-08 for claiming prices ranging from $7,500 to $35,000. The 64 entered horses have, collectively, made their most recent starts at racetracks in 17 different U.S. states.

The Claiming Crown, offering a total of $600,000 in purse money, is a partnership of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) and the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). TVG will provide exclusive live coverage with hosts Matt Carothers and Ken Rudulph anchoring from Canterbury Park. The Claiming Crown events will fill races 3 through 9 on Saturday’s 12-race card, which also features the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. Central Time, with the first Claiming Crown race expected to go off at about 2:30 p.m. Central Time.

Saturday’s first Claiming Crown race is the $50,000 Iron Horse, open to three-year-olds-and-up who have run for $7,500 or less in 2007-08. The mile-and-a-sixteenth, main track heat drew a field of nine topped by 3-to-1 morning line favorite Antrim County, who will break from post two under Fernando De La Cruz. Antrim County has won his last three dirt starts, all at Churchill Downs, for trainer Cliff Wilkinson.

Race four on the program is the $75,000 Glass Slipper, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares who have run for $16,000 or less in 2007-08. The race drew a select field of five, headed by 9-to-5 morning line choice Morghyn. The 2-to-1 second choice is Quick Sale who is trained by Scott Lake and will be ridden by Lake’s wife, Jennifer Stisted. Lake is far and away the leading all-time Claiming Crown trainer with eight wins in the event. Another in the field is 10-to-1 longshot Adore You who, with a win, would be the first horse ever to capture back-to-back Claiming Crown victories. Adore You won last year’s Glass Slipper at Ellis Park.

Race five is the $50,000 Express, for three-year-olds-and-up who have run for $7,500 or less in 2007-08. The Express attracted an extremely contentious field of 12, including Chickster, a $2,500 supplementary nominee, whose nine wins in 2008 make him the winningest horse in North America this year. Still, Chickster’s exploits made him no better than the third betting choice at early odds of 9-to-2 in the deep field.

The day’s first grass event is race six, the $100,000 Tiara, a mile-and-a-sixteenth grass event for fillies and mares who have run for $25,000 or less in 2007-08. Philadelphia Park shipper Allnightdance was installed as the 5-to-2 morning line favorite in the field of seven. Kendrick Carmouche has the mount for trainer Derek Ryan. Also in the field is 4-to-1 third choice Inhonorofjohnnie, who won the 2005 Tiara.

The day’s largest field comes in race seven, the $75,000 Rapid Transit, a six-furlong race for three-year-olds-and-up who have run for $16,000 or less in 2007-08. Among the 13 entered to run are 7-to-2 morning line choice Eagle Storm, a winner of his last four starts by margins of at least 4 lengths; Forest Attack (4-to-1), who came within a neck of graded stakes winner First Defence in an allowance race on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill; Tempo Five (5-to-1), a winner of five of seven career starts, including triumphs at Mountaineer Park, Presque Isle Downs, Keeneland and Fair Grounds; and Fearless Anthony (6-to-1), who has won four of his most recent six starts thanks to wins at Sunland Park and Lone Star Park.

The day’s penultimate Claiming Crown event is the $100,000 Emerald, a mile-and-a-sixteenth grass affair for three-year-olds-and-up who have run for $25,000 or less in 2007-08. The field of nine is headed by 2-to-1 morning line favorite Self Made Man, who is owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Michael Maker. Self Made Man is one of five Maker trainees slated for action in the Claiming Crown. Last year at Ellis Park, Maker broke his Claiming Crown training maiden in a big way, accounting for three of the day’s seven winners.

The day’s featured event is race nine, the $150,000 Jewel, a mile and one-eighth event on the main track for horses who have started for $35,000 or less in 2007-08. The tepid favorite at 7-to-2 in the field of nine is the Scott Lake-trained Coyoteshighestcall. The six-year-old veteran of 64 lifetime starts has really hit his stride this year, having won six of his last 10, including the Norristown Stakes at Philadelphia Park. But he figures to have his hands full with the Mike Mitchell-trained Sensational Score, who ships into Canterbury fresh off a four-length score in an optional claimer on July 20 at Del Mar.

This year’s event will mark the eighth time that Canterbury Park has hosted Claiming Crown. Race sponsors for 2008 include Bremer Bank, John Deere, Daily Racing Form and Allied Waste Services. For more information, race histories and complete entry information, visit http://www.claimingcrown.com.