Santa Anita runner named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comAfter winning at $25,000 three weeks ago, El Martillo took a sharp drop in class when meeting $10,000 claimers at Santa Anita Saturday afternoon and recorded another career victory. The bay horse defeated his foes going a mile on the main track in 137.53 for his seventh career win. El Martillo stalked the leaders, took over in mid-stretch and won by an easy 5 lengths. The winner paid $3.20 and was ridden by Martin Garcia. Sired by champion Tiznow, the 7 year old has won on dirt, turf and artificial surfaces. The versatile Bob Baffert trainee has also won going one turn and two turns. From 31 career starts he has finished in the money 15 times and earned $260,000. El Martillo was claimed from the race by trainer Dean Greenman for the Luch Racing Stables.
-Art Parker

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