Keeneland’s closing day produces Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comStrike The Tiger, a 5 year old gelding, captured the third race at Keeneland on the closing day of the fall meet in Lexington. The son of Tiger Ridge was making his first start since racing at Gulfstream in January and he was switching from turf to polytrack. Strike The Tiger raced on the rail in the back flight of the 5 ½ furlong contest and gradually made up ground before angling out at the quarter pole. The dark bay worked hard to run down another tough gelding to win by a neck. Strike The Tiger has now won on all surfaces; dirt, turf and all-weather. He is owned by his breeders, Wesley Ward, Mitchell Dutko and Ray Sainz, and is trained by Ward who has been a red hot conditioner at Keeneland. Ridden by veteran Julio Garcia, Strike The Tiger paid $8.00 to his backers as he notched his fifth career win. Out of 17 career starts Strike The Tiger has finished in the money 11 times and earned more than $175,000.

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