HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park, which will play host to the $1.1 million Claiming Crown for the fourth consecutive year, reminds horsemen the nomination deadline is Sunday, Nov. 8.
The 17th running of the Claiming Crown will be held on Opening Day of Gulfstream’s Championship Meet Saturday, Dec. 5. The eight-race program last year handled more than $10 million. This year’s Claiming Crown has added a ninth race - a 5-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares with a purse of $110,000. The feature event will again be the $200,000 Jewel, won last year by the 17-1 longshot Catholic Cowboy.
Supplemental nominations will be made at time of entry on Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Created in 1999 to honor the blue-collar horses that are the foundation of the racing industry nationwide, the Claiming Crown historically has drawn entries from all parts of North America and from many of the country's leading stables.
The Claiming Crown is a “joint venture” between the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA). The Claiming Crown was created to be the claiming horse owner’s Breeders’ Cup; a special racing event, created for the “average owner,” and featuring some of the most competitive horses in the country. The Claiming Crown has been held annually since 1999.