AGOS Claimer of the Week: A Veteran Woodbine Runner

Gentleman Jackson contested the lead for the opening half mile, took command in the stretch and won the seventh race at Woodbine on Thursday by 3 lengths. Gentleman Jackson has been named the Claimer of the Week. The gelding defeated fellow $10,000 claimers over 7 furlongs on the Toronto polytrack and stopped the clock at 1:22.92. When he returned to the Winner’s Circle for the 13th time in his career, the Kentucky bred paid $7.50 to win. The 8 year old veteran was ridden by Alan Garcia and is trained by Martin Drexler. Sired by Alert, which makes him a grandson of Derby winner Unbridled, Gentleman Jackson is owned by his trainer and several others. Gentleman Jackson has finished in the money (top three finishers) an impressive 30 times from 51 starts and his lifetime earnings now exceed $350,000.

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