Claimer of the Week: Old Pro goes Coast to Coast

Layers made every pole a winning one in the third race at PARX last Saturday afternoon and defeated a field of $5,000 claimers by more than a half-dozen lengths for his eighth career victory. The son of Menifee stopped the clock in 1:17.39 for the 6 ½ furlong contest over a fast track. Ridden by apprentice Michael Ritvo, the 8 year old paid $5.60 to win. Trained by Hugh McMahon the Pennsylvania bred has now earned over $380,000 in his career. Owned by Joseph Besecker, Layers has finished in the money (top 3 finishers) 27 times from 45 lifetime races.

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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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