California Veteran Racehorse takes Claiming Honors

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comA true veteran of the racing wars in California has been named Claimer of the Week. Streets of Heaven won the fourth at Santa Anita Friday afternoon with authority and notched his 11th career victory. The 8 year old ran like he always does; staying behind early and gradually making progress before making a winning stretch move. Owned and trained by Richard Baltas the tough gelding was guided to victory by Rafael Bejarano in 1:10.73 for the 6 furlongs in the $10,000 claiming event. Streets of Heaven returned $7.00 to his backers. The son of Street Cry has a lifetime bankroll of $173,000 and has finished in the money 25 times from 42 races.

— 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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