The $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) will be celebrated April 1 at Gulfstream Park, highlighting a record stakes schedule announced Thursday for the 2016-2017 Championship Meet.
- By Tom LaMarra
- Thoroughbred Racing, Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Kentucky, Mid-Atlantic Region
Kentucky Downs and Laurel Park will host automatic qualifying races for this year's Claiming Crown, which is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Gulfstream Park.
Gulfstream Park, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announced the Claiming Crown will continue to be held at Gulfstream through 2018.
Total handle on the 17th edition of the Claiming Crown, contested for the fourth year Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park, was $10.12 million, up 0.6% from 2014.
Jockey Javier Castellano guided Royal Posse to victory in the Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes to secure his fourth win in the event on the day Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Claiming Crown survived, and now thrives
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Frank Angst preview the Claiming Crown with focus on the Claiming Crown Jewel. Sponsored by Equibase Watch Video
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Frank Angst preview the Claiming Crown with focus on the Claiming Crown Jewel. Sponsored by Equibase Download Equibase Past Performances for the Claiming Crown Jewel.
The $1.1 million Claiming Crown, which gives claiming horses their shot in nine stakes restricted to horses who have started for a tag in 2014 or 2015, will return to Gulfstream Park Dec. 5.
The Dec. 5 Claiming Crown, with total purses of $1.1 million for nine races, has attracted 309 nominations and will highlight opening day of Gulfstream Park's Championship Meet.
Starship Truffles is from the family of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Laurel Park has attracted 110 horses, including those on also-eligible lists, for its $410,000 Claiming Crown preview Nov. 1. The Claiming Crown will be held Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park.
The Maryland Jockey Club Sept. 18 announced it will partner with Gulfstream Park and the Claiming Crown to hold nine "Win and You're In" races Nov. 1 at Laurel Park.
Gulfstream Park will present a stakes program worth a record $11.61 million in purses during its 2015-2016 "Championship Meet," highlighted by the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) April 2.
The committee narrowed down three finalists, and ultimately selected St. Borealis as the inaugural Claiming Crown Horse of the Year.
Gulfstream Park announced July 15 it will kick off its 2015-2016 Championship Meet Dec. 5 with the 17th running of the Claiming Crown, a slate of races with purses totaling $1.1 million.
The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association ended its winter convention Feb. 8 with a new affiliate and a call for the organization to take more of a leadership role in the industry.
The New York Racing Association's inaugural Claiming Championship Series will offer 10 stakes worth $710,000 when it debuts at Aqueduct Racetrack March 21.
Catholic Cowboy recovered from two lackluster efforts at Keeneland in the fall to grind out a victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park, upsetting a group of 14 at odds of 17-1.
While other concepts in the Thoroughbred business failed to come to fruition, and other racing events came, went, were scrapped, and are generally forgotten, the Claiming Crown survived and actually has grown.
There will be a sense of normalcy, with no neighborhood competition from Calder Casino & Race Course, and a scent of some still-fresh paint Dec. 6 when Gulfstream Park opens its 2014-15 "Championship Meet."
A two-time stakes winner this year, Page McKenney will try for the day's top prize in the $200,000 Jewel Stakes Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park, one of eight races in the $1 million Claiming Crown.
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Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Jewel Stakes and Canterbury Stakes from the Dec. 6 Claiming Crown event at Gulfstream Park. watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Jewel Stakes and Canterbury Stakes from the Dec. 6 Claiming Crown event at Gulfstream Park. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Brother Bird||Michael J. Maker||
|Bubbling Springs||Juan C. Vazquez||
|Commander Tate||Kathleen O'Connell||
|Cunaguaro||Manuel J. Azpurua||
|Follow the Leader||Kieron Magee||
|He's Spectacular||Hubert Pinnock||
|Only Boy||Penny Rone||
|Red Hills||Jose Garoffalo||
|Saintly Love||Howard E. Wolfendale||
|Starship Truffles||Martin D. Wolfson||
|Today's Man||Juan C. Vazquez||
|Tritonk||Manuel J. Azpurua||
|Victory Notion||Tim Glyshaw||
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