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$500,000 Claiming Crown garners 52 entries


July 21, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Jeff Maday, Canterbury Park

Entries were taken today for the 12th Claiming Crown, to be run at Canterbury Park on Saturday, July 24. The six Claiming Crown races attracted 52 entries with horses, jockeys, trainers, and owners from across the country. Claiming Crown is known as Thoroughbred racing’s day for “blue-collar” runners—the claiming horses that make the majority of American races go—and offers $500,000 in purse money. The event will bring together many of racing’s biggest names. This is the 10th time in 12 years that Canterbury Park will serve as host.

Three of the four winningest trainers in the country are shipping entrants to Canterbury. Steve Asmussen, the leader with 321 wins, has entered Sea Gaze in the $50,000 Iron Horse. Joe Woodard, second with 152 wins, has Cape Hatchet in the $50,000 Express. Jamie Ness, third with 150 wins, entered five, all for Midwest Thoroughbreds, the country’s leading owners.

First post on the 11-race Claiming Crown Day program is 1:30 p.m. The card also includes the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders’ Cup Stakes. General admission and parking are free.