Artificial surface specialist honored with Claiming Award

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comAfter easily winning the fourth race at Presque Isle Downs last Wednesday night, I’am Toorific was named the Claimer of the Week. The dark bay mare seized the lead when the gate opened under rider Ricardo Feliciano and led the field every step of the way in the $5,000 claiming event over a mile as the favorite. The six year old mare stopped the timer at 1:38.53 for her third win of 2013 and returned $5.00 to her supporters. Owned by Anne Walsh and trained by Ryan Walsh, the daughter of Teton Forest has fallen in love with artificial surfaces. Of her 6 career wins 5 have been on artificial surfaces. Her career earnings now exceed $94,000 and she has been in the money 14 times from 37 starts. I’am Toorific was sold at auction in 2008 for only $1,700.

— Art Parker, author of Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns

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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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