Fastus Cactus named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comSix-year-old Fastus Cactus took the honor of Claimer of the Week with an impressive victory in the sixth race at Aqueduct Saturday afternoon. The winner paid $3.40 in the $7,500 claiming event. Fastus Cactus left the gate and owned the lead at the blink of an eye. The Cactus Ridge gelding took the field coast to coast with very limited urging from rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. He completed the six furlongs in 111.64 and won by nearly three lengths. Trained by Bruce Levine and owned by Saul and Max Kupferberg, Fastus Cactus now has career earnings that exceed $240,000 from 29 starts. He has won 9 races and finished in the money 19 times. The speedy chestnut was claimed out of the race by Glenridge Stable and trainer Joseph L. Signore, Jr. It is the fourth time Fastus Cactus has been claimed in 7 months.

-Art Parker

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