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Canterbury Park set to host ‘2006’ Claiming Crown

January 4, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Shakopee, MN  -- Canterbury Park will host the ‘2006’ Claiming Crown for the seventh time in the last eight years. The date is set for Saturday, July 15 with total purse money for the seven-race event reaching $600,000. Thoroughbred racing’s special day for the “blue collar” runners has always been a fan favorite at the Shakopee racetrack with full fields and top barns from across North America it has become a fixture in the Minnesota racing scene. The seven-race program will include three sprints on the dirt, two turf routes and two routes on the dirt including the $150,000 Jewel at a distance of a mile and one sixteenth for three year olds and up.

Canterbury Park first hosted this event back in 1999 and has been the home of the Claiming Crown in six of the event’s seven year run. Some giant names in the industry have found success at Canterbury Park in the Claiming Crown including jockeys Laffit Pincay Jr, Julie Krone, Mark Guidry, Eddie Martin Jr and Tyler Baze. Some big name trainers have also found the winners’ circle in this event including Wayne Catalano, Nick Canani, Jeff Mullins, Steve Asmussen and Scott Lake. Lake leads all trainers with an impressive six Claiming Crown victories.

The Claiming Crown has always been an attractive day for the serious horseplayer with rolling Pick Three wagers, multiple Pick four wagers, and an all-stakes Pick Six. In the 2001 Rapid Transit won by Sassy Hound a track record was set with a Superfecta that paid $46,261.00 and when Intelligent Male won the 2004 Jewel for trainer Wayne Catalano it keyed another juicy Superfecta payout of $26,511.80.

Nominations for the Claiming Crown close on Friday, April 14. For additional information please contact Claiming Crown Coordinator Nat Wess at (800) 245-6361, Ext. 6411 or go to <>.