Claimer of the Week: A Dandy Performance

Dandy Deal went from last to first to win the sixth race at Churchill Downs last Friday and has been named the Claimer of the Week. The 6 year old passed all foes and ran with determination in deep stretch while being guided by the highly experienced hands of rider Perry Ouzts. The dark bay mare notched the eighth victory of her career and returned a hefty $45.20 to her supporters for their win wagers. The race was carded for $5,000 claimers and the winner covered the 6 furlongs over the fast Louisville oval in 1:13.32. The daughter of Yankee Gentleman is owned and trained by Kenneth Miller. She has finished in the money (top three) 12 of 27 times and her career earnings now exceed $72,000.

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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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