This Saturday at Gulfstream Park is the Claiming Crown, one of my favourite weekends of the horse racing year.
It is a full day of eight stakes races, all run under starter conditions. It is a day for the claiming horses: some have become stakes mainstays, others are currently inching up the class ladder and trying to prove their mettle against tougher company. For the fans, it is a day full of honest and often remarkably consistent runners. For the horseplayers, it is a day of full fields and challenging handicapping questions.
Paul Mazur and I tackled the entire card at Picks and Ponderings. I looked at the Iron Horse, Express, Rapid Transit, and Canterbury; Paul analyzed the Glass Slipper, Tiara, Emerald, and Jewel. Dirt or turf, sprint or route…there’s a little something for everyone, so take a look!