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Midwestern hospitality evaporates with venue change: Claiming Crown moves from usual Minnesota site ... and adds $100 nominating fee

July 24, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

We're not in (or anywhere near) Kansas anymore, friends.

Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN, was host to the 1999 Claiming Crown debut, and hosted 10 of its 13 renewals. But the series moved to Louisiana last year, where Fair Grounds management could not fill all the races planned for the series, and ran only five Claiming Crown races—all with less than full fields.

Now, Gulfstream Park is host for the 2012 renewal on December 1. On July 23, management announced a new nominating procedure that includes a $100 fee. (Details of the new nominating procedure were not posted on the Claiming Crown website as of web-publication time. Contact Gulfstream Park if you need specific information, or keep checking the claiming Crown website.)

In an interview with turf media, the track's racing secretary explained the change. “Rather than having trainers nominating horses this far out from the Claiming Crown, we felt it would be easier to change the nominating process,” said Dan Bork. “Trainers who nominate a horse in August for the event may not have that horse by December 1. We believe this also gives trainers the ability to get a horse for one of the Claiming Crown’s seven races or make a horse they currently have eligible for the event.”