New York-bred takes claiming honors at chilly Aqueduct

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comToque, a New York-based New York bred racehorse added to his professional career resume with a victory in Aqueduct’s second race Saturday and, as a result, has been named the Claimer of the Week.  Toque wasted no time in taking command in the six furlong contest and took the field from coast to coast in 1:11.58 and returned $11.00 to his supporters. The gray gelding was coming off a seven month layoff to score in his first ever race at the Big A.  The seven year old, ridden by Channing Hill and trained by Charlton Baker, notched his tenth career victory and expanded his lifetime bankroll to $166,000. The son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup, Toque has finished in the money 20 times from 27 lifetime races with most of his success coming at Finger Lakes. Toque is owned by Francis Paotangeli.

-Art Parker

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