Claiming Crown to Canterbury for Fifth Year

Edited from a release

The 2004 Claiming Crown, racing's $555,000 day for "blue collar" runners, will return to Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., on Saturday, July 17.

"This will be the fifth time we have hosted Claiming Crown at Canterbury Park," said Claiming Crown Coordinator Nat Wess. "By now we are looking forward to greeting old friends as well as making new ones. The races are always competitive and across the country interest from both fans and horsemen continues to grow."

Canterbury has hosted the event for four of its five runnings. In its fourth year, 2002, it was held at Philadelphia Park. The crown is also scheduled to be in Minnesota in 2005, but other tracks could again host future runnings.

The format for Claiming Crown 2004 will be identical to last year, featuring six races for horses which have started at least once for claiming prices ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 since July 15, 2003.

The six races will be run at varying distances between six furlongs and a mile and one-eighth with purses ranging from $50,000 to $150,000.

"We again want to thank TOBA and both the National and Minnesota HBPA for bringing this great day of racing back to Canterbury," said Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson. "Everyone here is thrilled to be a part of Claiming Crown once again."

For information regarding Claiming Crown 2004, please contact Nat Wess at (800) 340-6361, Ext. 6411.