The July 17 Claiming Crown, a series of six races at Canterbury Park, lured 281 nominees, organizers said June 10.
Canterbury Park in Minnesota will open May 14 with a 10% increase in purses. The daily average will be $138,000, the highest since the track reopened in 1995.
As organizers of the Claiming Crown gear up for the sixth edition of the event in 2004, the focus will be on obtaining sponsorships and getting the races into more wagering outlets around the country. Meanwhile, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has signed on as a sponsor of the event.
The Claiming Crown is scheduled to return to Canterbury Park in 2004. In five runnings to date of the event, Canterbury has hosted it four times.
Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone stole the show Saturday during the Claiming Crown series at Canterbury Park, winning the two biggest races of the day aboard Image in the $118,250 Emerald Stakes and on Daunting in the $141,000 Jewel.
Trainer Jerry Dobbs, who has one of the hottest stables at Canterbury Park, will attempt to keep the fire burning with an equally hot jockey Buck Harris, who rides Wadsworth in the $100,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit on Saturday.
A record 88 horses were pre-entered Tuesday for this year's Claiming Crown, a $550,000 day of racing to be held July 19 at Canterbury Park. Claiming Crown 2003 will consist of six races with purses ranging from $50,000 to $150,000.
Registration is now open for the 2003 Claiming Crown Handicapping Contest at www.ntra.com. The contest, keyed to the July 19 Claiming Crown Day card at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., challenges handicappers to pick one horse in each of the 11 live races run that day.
Canterbury Park will kick off its 63-day Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meet May 16. Highlight of the spring/summer season is the $550,000 Claiming Crown, a five-race series scheduled for July 19.
For the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the racing industry, the phrase "strength in numbers" can apply to sponsors, the wagering public, legislative clout, and even movie theaters.
The Claiming Crown, inaugurated in 1999, is on its way back to Canterbury Park in Minnesota for 2003, but the date has been moved up from previous editions of the event.
In his first start in the East in more than two years, Ailshie & Aidekman's Truly a Judge shipped from California and ran away with the $150,000 Jewel, the last and richest race of the six Claiming Crown Championship events at Philadelphia Park Aug. 31.
Fifty-three horses were entered for the $550,000 Claiming Crown Championship scheduled for Aug. 31 at Philadelphia Park. It's the first time in the four-year history of the event that it will held away from Canterbury Park in Minnesota.
With 71 horses pre-entered, the Claiming Crown is taking shape for its fourth edition, set for Aug. 31 at Philadelphia Park. Purses for the six events will total $550,000.
Philadelphia Park will offer a $1.8-million stakes schedule this season with 10 fewer events than last year.
The fourth running of $550,000 Claiming Crown will be held at Philadelphia Park on Aug. 31. The series will offer six races with purses between $50,000 and $150,000.
Pending resolution of final contractual matters, the Claiming Crown will make its Mid-Atlantic debut at Philadelphia Park in August or September this year, event organizers said Thursday. No date has been announced.
Richard Englander's Sing Because tracked an honest pace set by Power of Humor and Five Straight, then drew off in the stretch to win Saturday's $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes at Canterbury Park.
The nation's leading owner in wins, Richard Englander, has four horses entered for the third renewal of the Claiming Crown Saturday at Canterbury Park.
In Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships style, a charter flight carrying 18 Thoroughbreds pointing for the Aug. 4 Claiming Crown is scheduled to arrive at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Sunday afternoon.
An information campaign paid off this year for the Claiming Crown, which lured a record 244 regular nominations, up from 177 in 2000. In addition, there were 36 "open" nominations, up from 33 last year.
Claiming Crown preview days have been scheduled at four racetracks in anticipation of the main event, which is set for Aug. 4 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. The preview days will feature races with conditions identical to those of the Claiming Crown.
Canterbury Park, the Minnesota racetrack that hit rock-bottom in the early 1990s, could have its best meet since its "second coming." Officials report heightened interest in the Shakopee track's racing program, which this year will offer $120,000 per day in purses.
Some changes have been made to this year's Claiming Crown, scheduled for Aug. 4 at Canterbury Park. There will be one less race, but the same amount of purse money, and a new eligibility requirement organizers hope will generate more nominations for the event.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association expects to move its office from south Florida to Kentucky and have a full-time executive director on board within the next year. Scott Savin, recently named general manager at Gulfstream Park, will remain part-time executive director of the organization through the end of this year.
The Mid-Atlantic racetracks haven't signed a contract to simulcast the seven Claiming Crown races on Aug. 6.
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