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72 horses pre-entered for Claiming Crown

July 16, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

Pre-entries for the 11th annual Claiming Crown, which will be held Saturday, July 25, were taken on Wednesday, and 72 horses have been pre-entered for the event known as Thoroughbred racing’s day for “blue-collar” runners. The Claiming Crown consists of seven races, five on dirt and two on turf, with purses totaling $600,000.

Heading the roster of entrants in the $150,000 Jewel is Antrim County, the HBPA’s Claimer of the Year for 2008, who won 10 of 15 starts last year, including the $50,000 Claiming Crown Iron Horse. He had been claimed for $7,500 shortly before the 2008 Claiming Crown and four races after that victory current owner Carl Moore claimed him for $50,000.

Four of the entrants, all owned by Ed Denike of Kent, Washington, will be ridden by Russell Baze, the Northern California-based jockey who is the winningest rider of all time, with more than 10,000 career victories.

Baze, who will be making his first Claiming Crown appearance, began his riding career at the age of 15. Now 50, he has led the nation in annual victories 10 times “Claiming horses are the foundation of horse racing,” Baze said. “It’s great to participate in a day when they get their accolades.”

Baze will be one of about a dozen top jockeys from all parts of the country who will be at Canterbury Park for Claiming Crown 2009.

There were nine supplementary nominees among the 266 horses made eligible for this year’s Claiming Crown, for which final entries will be taken Wednesday, July 22. Claiming Crown Day also will feature the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders’ Cup Stakes and a $15,000 stakes race for quarter horses.