Claimer of the Week: A Shining Star from Penn National

Horse Racing Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comStarship Captain was close to the lead and ran down the opposition at the furlong marker before winning the eighth race at Penn National last Wednesday night. The one length margin was enough for the son of Exclusive Quality to tally his tenth career victory. The 6 year old stopped the timer 1:11.64 and returned $8.20 to his backers. Veteran Jockey William Otero navigated the win over $4,000 claimers. Trained by Lester Stickler, the chestnut gelding has finished in the money (top 3 finishers) in 28 of 51 lifetime races. Owned by Bush Racing Stable, Starship Captain has now earned $169,000 in career earnings.

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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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