Grass Sprinter takes claiming honors

Ziptronic won the tenth race at Belmont Park Friday afternoon and has been named the Claimer of the Week. The son of City Zip escorted the field of $25,000 claimers from coast to coast on the Belmont turf and won in his first start of 2013 with Luis Saez aboard. The 7 year old covered the 6 panels in 1:08.71 and paid $10.80 to win. Trained by Gary Contessa the gelding recorded his sixth career win and has finished in the money 16 times from 35 lifetime races. Owned by Harold Lerner & Nehoc Stables, Ziptronic has accumulated over $190,000 in career earnings.

-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.

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