Ide Ball named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

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Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comIde Ball took the Fairgrounds’ 14th race last Friday (March 30, 2012) and won like a favorite should. The chestnut gelding was always breathing down the neck of the pacesetter and took the lead at the 3/16 pole to win the State Bred Optional $25,000 race in the New Orleans night. Entered to be claimed, Ide Ball and rider Rosie Napravnick zipped the six furlongs in 109.92 and returned $3.40 to her backers. The seven year old is trained by Tom Amoss and owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds. The win was the 15th career victory for the Louisiana bred, who has now amassed over $400,000 in career earnings. Ide Ball has finished in the money an impressive 27 times from 41 starts.

-Art Parker, author of the 2012 edition “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns”

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Rich Nilsen is a 16-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 twice. He cashed on the NHC Tour for 2018 with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with, 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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