Penn National runner takes claiming honors

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comMaking his first start for a new barn, Tar Beach defeated a field of $5,000 claimers in the fourth race at Penn National last Wednesday night and has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. Making his first start for trainer Stephanie Beattie, the gelding took an early lead, backed up into third and then made a final takeover of the lead just before the top of the stretch in the one mile and 70 yards contest. The 7 year old covered the distance over a fast track in 1:42.92 and returned $12.60 to his supporters. Ridden by Kevin Navarro, Tar Beach notched his seventh career victory with the fine effort. Tar Beach is owned by Donald Brown and his trainer. The son of Sky Mesa has finished in the money (top 3) 26 times from 53 lifetime starts and has a career bankroll of $263,000.

-Art Parker

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