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    It's time once again for the Claiming Crown, a special seven race event held specifically for claimers, hosted this year by Ellis Park.

    I'll be rooting for Hoodoo Peak in my favorite division, the Claiming Crown Iron Horse Stakes (a mile on the dirt for horses who ran in races for a claiming price of $7500 or less.) The nine year old gelding took fourth in the 2005 Iron Horse.

    Here are the entries for the full card (Claiming Crown starts with race 4): August 4 entries at Ellis Park

  • #2
    I was actually debating heading up there for this, so maybe I'll be able to give everyone a first hand account come Sunday.

    Looking at the entries a little more closely, it caught my eye that former MD Champion Turf horse One Eyed Joker is running in the Emerald...
    Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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      I heard this is being televised by HRTV and TVG. Does anybody know when it starts (to record it)?

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        Originally posted by miss_critic View Post
        I heard this is being televised by HRTV and TVG. Does anybody know when it starts (to record it)?
        TVG will carry it - Aug 4th

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          #5
          *sigh.* No TVG up here in New Hampshire. (God forbid there be televised gambling in this state.)

          This article from brisnet provides some info on a few of the runners: Claiming Crown contenders line-up at the Pea Patch

          (BTW, "Pea Patch" refers to the soybean crop which is planted in the infield at Ellis Park, considered by some to be a derogatory nickname, but I think it could be considered endearing as long as it is not meant to imply a lack of class. In any case, a fitting location for the Claiming Crown IMO.)

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            Originally posted by Barnfairy View Post
            *sigh.* No TVG up here in New Hampshire. (God forbid there be televised gambling in this state.)
            I feel your pain...

            That's why I have to drive the 150 miles one way to Ellis if I want to get my racing fix.
            Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Texarkana View Post
              That's why I have to drive the 150 miles one way to Ellis if I want to get my racing fix.
              About 40 minutes on a METRA commuter rail line and it dropps me off at the "front door" of my nearest track

              Infact I was at the track the Friday before last and at 3:30 pm there were tons of people: at worst it was just shy of 20,000 but likely near the 21k mark. Which is impressive when the races were all allowances and claiming. Since last year's summer of hell with the breakdowns and the new poly track the daily numbers of fans (and also tons of families from Arlington and other suburbs) is always over 14,000 on the weekdays.

              Worth putting in a plug for the place: it is a very clean, roomy, full-service, low cost, and easy accessed race track. You can get exceptionally close to the horses being saddled, in the post parade, and winners circle. Better food, snacks and drinks then I've found anywhere else. Plenty of windows and self-betting machines to be found. Did I mention its clean? From the grounds to the parking lot to the washrooms all are kept as tidy as you'd find a corporate office complex. Saratoga as much as I love the old place tends to classify trash and litter as "character"

              Anyhow regarding TVG it does provide great access to races but after a while it becomes all so bland. It is nothing like say ESPN and their coverage with the buildup of races and post race analysis. Lets face it - they are provding a constant betting channel so every 3 minutes there is a race to be aired somewhere in the US. No real recognition if a horse rises to an occasion and puts in the effort of a lifetime as it is off to Monmouth or DelMar ...

              Arlington used to air nightly a program on CLTV [ChicagoLand TV] which was a 1/2 hour condensed bit of coverage from that day's racing. It was done pretty well with recognition of the jocks and horses when they did do a good job.

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                I thought any state could get TBG - Dish and I think Direct TV carry it. I didn't think a state could block it... Sorry to hear that because I love it!

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                • #9
                  Glimmer, I have to say I'm jealous. I've never been to Arlington but have always wanted to go. Although I don't exactly have the urge to negotiate Chicago traffic!

                  When it comes to racing, I really, really miss living in the mid-atlantic area. I could be at 3 different tracks in under an hour, and countless others driving just another hour further. Heck, there were days when I worked for MGR that it wasn't uncommon for me to be at two or three different tracks in one day!

                  A year ago if you told me I'd consider driving 150 miles one way to watch a bunch of claimers run, I would have said you're out of your mind!
                  Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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                    What time does it start?

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                      Originally posted by miss_critic View Post
                      What time does it start?
                      Estimated local post time for the fourth race at Ellis (which is the first race of the Claiming Crown) is 2:04, as per the equibase entries link I provided in the original post. Don't forget to adjust to your particular time zone.

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                      • #12
                        DRF 8-2-07 "Claming Crown in fitting location"

                        Semi Lost, who will start from post 4 under Jesus Castanon, and Soupy, who will break from post 6 with Victor Lebron aboard. Both horses have flown under the radar back home, but that's pretty much the point of the Claiming Crown: to pay tribute to the blue-collar ethos of everyday runners.

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                        • #13
                          Thank you Barnfairy
                          I think this Claiming Crown is a wonderful idea.

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                          • #14
                            I went when they held in at Philly Park, it was a wonderful event. They really went above and beyond to make it a first class experience. I have mixed emotions about it being ran somewhere other than Canterbury however. Granted I never would have gone if it was there because its just way too far, but it seems to me that it was their idea and they sort of own it. If some other track wants to offer something similiar or even something equal, that's fine, but they could just have it both places. The more money for the claimers the better imo.
                            McDowell Racing Stables

                            Home Away From Home

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                              As posted on the "Beloved Old Warriors" thread, 8-yr old Golden Hare the horse once long ago part of singer Toby Keith's stable but claimed by Scott Blasi, chief assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen [i.e., Curlin] took the $50,000 Claiming Crown Express.

                              With the 7th win in 2007, per the Courier Journal, that ties him for 2nd in the US for horse with the most this year.

                              Making his record in the last 13 starts to 12-1-0., he lost by a nose in May. However his lifetime record is 16-7-3 in 43 career starts.

                              Over all the Daily Racing Form said had this in their article on the races:

                              Aug 4, 2007 "Ellis Park's first Claiming Crown a success"

                              Ron Geary, the first-year owner of Ellis, was all over the place Saturday, insuring as he could that things went smoothly. By virtually all accounts, they did, as the long mutuels and concessions lines in evidence for the July 11 meet opener were mostly non-existent Saturday.

                              "I am totally ecstatic," said Geary. "We've been working on this for a year. It was great racing, with photo finishes, competitive races, longshots winning, pretty much everything you could ask for. Everywhere I went, from the Sky Theatre to the picnic area to the clubhouse, everybody said they were having a ball. The heat may have kept a few people from coming out today, but all in all, this is what it's all about."

                              The official attendance was 6,611, down from the 8,000 that Geary had hoped for. But although ontrack and all-sources handle were not immediately available, going into the 12th and last race, the all-sources figures appeared to be on a par to break both the all-time records for Ellis ($5.3 million) and the Claiming Crown (just over $4 million).

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                                I didn't make it up to Ellis Saturday, but I was looking over the charts yesterday and saw Hoodoo Peak stopped and was vanned off. Anyone have any updates?

                                One Eyed Joker won the Emerald! Woohoo... go MD-breds! Once a champion, always a champion.
                                Don't fall for a girl who fell for a horse just to be number two in her world... ~EFO

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                                  Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                                  As posted on the "Beloved Old Warriors" thread, 8-yr old Golden Hare the horse once long ago part of singer Toby Keith's stable but claimed by Scott Blasi, chief assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen [i.e., Curlin] took the $50,000 Claiming Crown Express.

                                  With the 7th win in 2007, per the Courier Journal, that ties him for 2nd in the US for horse with the most this year.

                                  Making his record in the last 13 starts to 12-1-0., he lost by a nose in May. However his lifetime record is 16-7-3 in 43 career starts.
                                  Golden Hare is set to go off in the 5th race at Calder today 7 furlongs on the dirt for a claiming purse of $6,250. Grinders making this sport what it is.

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                                    #18
                                    Golden Hare is set to go off in the 5th race at Calder today
                                    Ermmm...not quite. That was the mare, Golden Hair , who took second in the 5th at CRC today, bringing home a whopping $1870. Ka-ching.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Barnfairy View Post
                                      Ermmm...not quite. That was the mare, Golden Hair , who took second in the 5th at CRC today, bringing home a whopping $1870. Ka-ching.
                                      Yep, yep - I stand very much corrected! SHE went off today as the favorite (finished 2nd) and I kept wondering why he was in a race that was for fillies and mares

                                      Now we know why the JC doesn't like "same" names

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                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                                        ... and I kept wondering why he was in a race that was for fillies and mares...
                                        I'm not sure he would ever be eligible for that, poor fella, even if he ran out of conditions.....

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