Rash of Activity at Santa Anita Claiming Box

(from Santa Anita notes)
In a racing oddity, there were 18 claims for five of the six starters in Wednesday's first race at Santa Anita, a $20,000 claiming event at 1 1/16 miles.

There was a six-way shake for the even-money favorite and winner, View From the Top, who went to trainer Andrew Harris. There were four-way shakes each for Lucky Turk (Summer Mayberry) and Cease Span (Bob Hess Jr.), three claims in for A Reel Tizzy (Jerry Hollendorfer), and one for Potri Llama (Jeff Mullins).

In Wednesday's sixth race, there was a seven-way shake for Coldbeerathebit, taken for $32,000 by trainer Steve Knapp.

"I don't know the reason for the sudden rash of claims," said Jack Carava, one of the most active claiming trainers on the circuit. "Michael Gill's been claiming a lot of horses and that puts a lot of money back in people's accounts and those people who have had their horses claimed need to replace them, but Gill hasn't been claiming as much as usual. I think when some trainers are very active claiming horses it depletes some stables, and the way my owners work, if they have two horses in the barn, they want to maintain that number, so if they lose one, they want to replace it. It's kind of a chain reaction, but I don't see any outside force that's causing people to claim."

Mark Glatt, also active at the claim box, had another view. "There are people who have some money behind them right now," the 31-year-old trainer said. "There is a shortage of horses so any horse that looks reasonably OK on paper is going to get claimed."

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