Grand Daddy named Claimer of the Week

It was a grand day for Grand Daddy at Turfway Park last Friday night (12/23/11). The Thomas Drury trainee was laid up from early July to mid-November when he returned to the track and just missed at the $25,000 level. His second race back was a winning effort as the son of Johannesburg captured a $40,000 optional event with his usual off the pace style. Grand Daddy was handled perfectly by top rider Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comVictor Lebron, who kept the 5 year old in the clear on the outside and away from the pace. Grand Daddy was wide in the turn but had the opponents measured all the way. Owned by Pattons Creek Farm, Grand Daddy has made a pretty good living on the Kentucky circuit. His victory last week shoved his career earnings in excess of $125,000. Grand Daddy has an excellent career record of 7 wins from 21 starts and has finished in the money 13 times. — Art Parker

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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.


  1. Regular Guy says

    Check out the pedigree on Grand Daddy – I believe he is a full sibling to a graded stakes winner. Tom Drury has done an excellent job nursing the wins out of this guy. He knows where and when to start his runners.

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