AGOS Claimer of the Week: Top Dude at Oaklawn Park

Horse Racing Claimer of the Week at Half Dome Dude contested the early proceedings, took command in the stretch and continued on to win the third race at Oaklawn last Friday afternoon. Half Dome Dude has been named the Claimer of the Week. The victory over $6,250 claimers was the eighth career win for the son of Kela. The Kentucky bred returned $9.20 to his backers once the race was made official. Ridden by Ricardo Santana, the gelding stopped the timer at 1:10.63 for six panels. The 8 year old is trained by Robertino Diodoro and has finished in the money (top three finishers) 24 times from 42 career races. Owned by Randy Howg, Half Dome Dude has now accumulated $194,000 in career earnings.

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Rich Nilsen is an 18-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 and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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