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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- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Jewel Stakes and Canterbury Stakes from the Dec. 6 Claiming Crown event at Gulfstream Park. watch video
A record 314 horses were nominated to the 16th annual Claiming Crown, the $1 million Dec. 6 day of racing for the country's top claiming horses being hosted by Gulfstream Park for the third consecutive year.
The nomination deadline for horses for the eight Claiming Crown races scheduled for Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park is Nov. 8, and the supplemental nomination deadline is Dec. 3, officials said.
The Claiming Crown has dropped its trainer nomination program and has altered the lineup for the eight-race series to be held Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
This year, Patricia Pavlish has been on "fire" -- literally. Pavlish bred Fire with Fire, who has been a dominant presence on the turf.
Gulfstream Park announced a record $11.25 million stakes program for its 2014-2015 Championship Meet, highlighted by the 64th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28.
Racing Medication and Testing Consortium executive director Dionne Benson discussed the implications of a British steroid ban on U.S. horses Aug. 6 during TOBA's annual members meeting.
Favored Heitai ran his rivals off their feet with a comfortable front-running romp in the inaugural $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint the night of June 21 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel.
Although she hasn't run since Oct. 5 and hasn't won since June 20, Juddmonte Farms' Riposte looks to have a decisive class edge over her seven opponents in the $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes (gr. IIIT) Feb. 8 at Gulfstream.
Gulfstream Park had all-sources handle six times greater than Calder Casino and Race Course during the Dec. 6-8 weekend.
Nevada Kid went to the lead and was never headed in the $192,000 Claiming Crown Jewel at Gulfstream Dec. 7, wrapping up a solid day of racing that featured eight events worth a total of $1 million at the South Florida oval.
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- By Claire Novak
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak talk about the claiming crown and drill down the Claiming Crown Iron Horse and Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes. watch video
The first major event of the Gulfstream Park Championship Meet will take place Dec. 7 with the Claiming Crown, a collection of eight stakes races worth a total of $1 million.
The number of trainers that have nominated themselves for the right to nominate horses to the $1 million Claiming Crown increased this year to 283 from 276 in 2012.
Trainer Marty Wolfson sent out four horses in the $100,000 Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream Park Sept. 21, and hit the board with two of them when My Pal Chrisy won and Starship Truffles came in third.
Calder Casino & Race Course had been host of premier state-bred juvenile racing program for 32 years.
Trainers have until Sept. 20 to become eligible to nominate horses to the 2013 Claiming Crown, to be held at Gulfstream Park Dec. 7.
The Claiming Crown, with purses totaling $1 million this year, will continue to be held at Gulfstream Park through 2015, it was announced Aug. 15.
Total purses for The Claiming Crown of 2013 are expected to reach $1 million and the program expanded to eight races. The program will likely be run for a second year in a row at Gulfstream Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Ainsley||Marcus J. Vitali||
|Decennial||Carlos F. Martin||
|Falbala||Joseph F. Orseno||
|Fleur de Lilly||William Bradley||
|Idle Talk||Mary E. Eppler||
|Juanita||Michael J. Maker||
|Lemons to Lemonade||Jamie Ness||
|Malibu Yankee||Thomas M. Amoss||
|My Precious Baby||J. David Braddy||
|Silver Screamer||Rudy R. Rodriguez||
|Sky Glow||Timothy E. Hamm||
|Starsilhouette||Michael J. Maker||
|Witch's Orchard||Peter R. Walder||
|Write When Ready||Diane Alvarado||
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