A hero takes claiming honors

Symphonic Hero captured the fourth race at Suffolk Downs on Monday afternoon and has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. The son of Concerto stalked the early pace and took control in the stretch before drawing away to win by a couple of lengths. Trained by Charles Assimakopoulos, the gelding stopped in the timer in 1:45.84 seconds for the Mile and 70 yard contest for $5,000 claimers. The five year old returned $7.80 for the win and was ridden by James Vail. Symphonic Hero is owned by Symphonic Stables and the victory at Suffolk was his seventh lifetime win. Symphonic Hero has finished in the money 19 times from 39 starts and has now accumulated more than $100,000 in career earnings.

-Art Parker

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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