All Surface Runner takes Claiming Honors

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comA winner on dirt, turf and all-weather surfaces has been named the Claimer of the Week. Deputiformer saved ground along the rail in the first race at Fairgrounds Friday night (3/8/13) and won by four lengths after gaining control of the race at the top of the stretch. The $5,000 starter allowance race was held at one mile on the New Orleans lawn and Deputiformer stopped the clock at 1:40.30. The son of Silver Deputy paid $14.80 to supporters while recording his third consecutive victory. The eight year old is trained by Dallas Keen and was ridden smartly by Richard Eramia. Owned by Brent Gasaway and Ian Yarmot, the bay gelding has accumulated $568,000 in career earnings and notched eight wins. He has finished in the money 33 of 58 races in his career.

— 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 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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