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Claiming Crown attracts nation’s best


July 22, 2009     E-mail this page to a friend!

All-time leading jockey Russell Baze has five mounts



Entries were taken today for the 11th Claiming Crown, to be run at Canterbury Park Saturday, July 25. The seven Claiming Crown races attracted 62 entries with horses, jockeys and trainers from across the country. Claiming Crown is known as Thoroughbred racing’s day for “blue-collar” runners—the claiming horses that make–up a majority of American races—and offers $600,000 in purse money. The event will bring together many of racing’s luminaries.

The all-time leading rider in North American Thoroughbred racing history, Russell Baze, will have mounts on five horses. Baze has won 10,598 races in his career and is currently the leading rider this year with 239 victories.

Jockey Julien Leparoux will ride in four races. He is the nation’s leading money earner with $9.3 million in purses.

Scott Lake, Claiming Crown’s winningest trainer, will saddle four horses. Lake is the second leading trainer in the country with 198 victories.

Michael Gill, the leading owner in the country with 211 wins, will be represented by Calm and Collected in the Claiming Crown Iron Horse. Gill is second in 2009 earnings with $3.8 million.

Post time for the 11 race Claiming Crown Day program is 1:30 PM. The card also includes the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders’ Cup Stakes. General admission and parking are free.