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Gulfstream Park Championship Meet Begins; Claiming Crown Saturday

Winter racing continues to heat up with the opening of the Gulfstream Park Championship Meet on Wednesday. Racing will be conducted every Wednesday through Sunday through March 28. Saturday at Gulfstream features the Claiming Crown, an event that began at Canterbury Park in 1999 showcasing the ‘working class heroes’ of the sport. It has grown […]

Claiming Crown Saturday

Saturday marks the 21st edition of the Claiming Crown. This day of racing now held at Gulfstream Park was created to celebrate claiming horses and their owners. The event began in 1999 at Canterbury Park as a collaboration between the National HBPA and TOBA. The Shakopee, Minn. racetrack hosted Claiming Crown 10 times from 1999 […]

Y2 Claim

By Noah Joseph 1999: a year in pop culture that soon led to reality. From the song by Prince 17 years before the event itself to the Y2K bug scare leading up to it, 1999 was a year thought about before it happened. The year was also a banner one for thoroughbred racing. From the […]

Maker’s Mark

Headache winning 2010 Claiming Crown Jewel

By Noah Joseph On Monday, Shadow Rock won the $50,000 Honor the Hero Stakes at Canterbury Park. That win was just one of several stakes winners at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack for trainer Michael Maker. Maker is a nationally acclaimed trainer who has horses, and wins races all over the country.  During the past few […]

Opening Day at Gulfstream Park features $1.1m Claiming Crown

Gulfstream Park begins Saturday with an 11-race card featuring the 18th Claiming Crown. First post is 11 a.m. central.  Wagering windows in the Canterbury Park Racebook open at 10:30 a.m. Jennie Rees, director of live-racing publicity for Kentucky Downs, provides this report on Kentucky connections in Claiming Crown: Kentucky will be well-represented among the 118 […]

$1.1 million Claiming Crown Saturday at Gulfstream Park

The annual Claiming Crown began in 1999 at Canterbury Park.  While the purses were much more modest, the intentions were the same: to create a day of racing that would attract national attention and celebrate the claiming horses and their owners that daily supply the majority of the product for this sport.  This rendition, the […]

Claiming Crown 2015 Saturday…… plus an honor

Claiming Crown, an annual event that originated at Canterbury Park in 1999, will be held Saturday at Gulfstream Park.  Claiming Crown has grown to nine restricted races for claimers with purses totaling $1.1 million. The nine races attracted 121 entries for an average field size of 13.4. Handle will be in the millions, making for […]

$1 million Claiming Crown Saturday at Gulfstream

Entries were taken Wednesday for the eight Claiming Crown races and handicappers should be salivating over the opening-day Gulfstream card.  The fields are full for the 16th renewal of an event whose roots reach back to Canterbury Park in 1999 where it all began. “I think the Claiming Crown is a great thing,” said trainer […]

Claiming Crown 2012 Preview

Paupers become princes on one special day – Claiming Crown Day. Hallandale’s Gulfstream Park has taken over this year as the host venue for the seven-race Breeders’ Cup for claimers, which will take place on the initial day of their meet, Saturday, December 1st. The format, purses, and fields for this year’s event are exactly […]

Claiming Crown 2012 to Gulfstream Park

Lexington, Ky. – Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida will host the 14th running of the Claiming Crown on the opening day of its 2012-2013 meet, Saturday, December 1, 2012. The 2012 event will see a significant increase in purses to $850,000 for seven races with the individual race purses ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. […]