Claimer of the Week: Golden Gate runner toots his horn

Trumpet Player Jay closed from the back of the pack, took the lead passed the furlong marker and held on to win by a head in the eighth race at Golden Gate last Wednesday afternoon. The 9 year old gelding ran the 5 ½ furlongs on Golden Gate’s artificial surface in 1:04.28 and returned $8.40 to his supporters. Russell Baze rode the winner in a race carded for $4,000 claimers. The win gave the son of champion Orientate his ninth career victory. He is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. The Kentucky bred has finished in the money (top 3 finishers) 26 times from 59 starts. Owned by Janet Hollendorfer, Trumpet Player Jay has now earned over $231,000 in his career.

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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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