Lord of the Game, Desert Boom Rumble in Claming Crown Jewel

Lord of the Game and Desert Boom highlight a field of six pointed toward Saturday's $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, going 1 1/8 miles at Canterbury Park.

In addition to the Claiming Crown Jewel, five other races complete the crown. The additional races are: $50,000 Express; $75,000 Glass Slipper; $100,000 Rapid Transit; $100,000 Tiara; and the $125,000 Emerald.

Lord of the Game was claimed out of his first career start for $10,000 by trainer Tom Tomillo for the 2 Blondes Stables of Bill Slevin from his breeders, Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm, and has won seven of eight starts. His last two wins came in the Hanshin Handicap (gr. III) and the Cornhusker Handicap (gr. II).

After being claimed, Lord of the Game rolled off four straight wins in allowance and optional allowance company before finishing third behind Pollard's Vision and Badge of Silver in the National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III).

Lord of the Game, listed at 2-1 on the morning line, will break from post two under jockey Eusebio Razo carrying a co-highweight of 124 pounds.

Also listed at 124 pounds is Desert Boom, who is trained by Art Sherman for Bob Bone. The son of Boomerang enters the claiming crown off a gate-to-wire score in the Berkley Handicap (gr. III).

Sherman, on behalf of Boone, claimed Desert Boom for $32,000 from Melvin Ross last November at Hollywood Park. Desert Boom has five wins from seven starts for the team of Sherman-Boone. His lifetime record is 13-2-5 from 32 career starts.

Desert Boom will break from post one under jockey Roberto Gonzalez. The pair is listed at 5-2 on the morning line.

The field for Saturday's $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel includes:
1-- Desert Boom (Roberto Gonzalez, 5/2)
2-- Lord of the Game (Eusebio Razo, 2/1)
3-- Superman Can (Scott Stevens, 10/1)
4-- Hababeros (Danny Sorenson, 3/1)
5-- Morine's Victory (Tom Turner, 9/2)
6-- Extra Fit (E.T. Baird, 8/1)

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