Presque Isle Downs Runner Takes Claiming Award

Safe Word stormed from off the pace and won going away in the fifth race at Presque Isle Downs Wednesday night and has been named the Claimer of the Week. Safe Word took the 6 furlong race for $5,000 claimers in 1:11.45 over the Tapeta surface and returned $5.20 to her backers. It was the seventh lifetime win for the 6 year old mare, who was ridden by Erick Rodriguez. The daughter of Benchmark has finished in the money 13 times from 33 starts. Owned and trained by Michael Rogers, the mare has now accumulated $113,000 in career earnings.

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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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