Claimer of the Week: That’s the Ticket

Leilani’s Ticket stalked the early leader, took control in the stretch and then cruised to a four length victory in the fifth race at Belmont Park last Friday afternoon. The bay horse covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.95 over a fast track and returned $5.70 to his supporters. Manuel Franco was in the irons to guide Leilani’s Ticket to his sixth career victory over the field of $25,000 claimers. The 5 year old is trained by Gary Contessa and has finished in the money (top three finishers) 22 times from 35 races. The New York bred son of Whywhywhy is owned by DCK Racing and has earned over $340,000 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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