AGOS Claimer of the Week: Blinkers On

horse racing blinkers Blinkers make the difference at Churchill

Condestable, racing with blinkers for the first time, was forwardly placed early, challenged for the lead on the turn, took control at the top of the stretch and went on to win the second race at Churchill last Friday by a neck. Condestable stopped the clock in 1:17.01 in the 6 ½ furlong heat. The son of Rock Hampton returned $17.20 to his backers when his eighth career victory was declared official. Brian Hernandez rode the winner in the $16,000 claiming event. The Keith Bourgeois trainee was claimed two races back at Delta Downs. The 5 year old is owned by Charles Boudreaux and has now earned $145,000 in his lifetime. The dark bay has finished in the money (top three finishers) in 19 of 36 career races.

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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 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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