New barn wins with Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comNormandruth was claimed by trainer Jane Cibelli on June 2nd for $16,000. It was the second effort on the turf and a successful one for the 6 year old horse. Cibelli brought the game competitor back to the Monmouth turf course last Saturday afternoon in a $22,000 claiming event, and Normandruth responded with another victory by over a length after taking the lead down the backstretch. The Came Home bay offspring stopped the timer at 1:41.68 for a mile and 1/16 and paid $5.00 to his backers. Owned by Panic Stables, Normandruth has 5 wins, a second and 4 third place finishes from 20 career races with lifetime earnings of approximately $135,000.

-Art Parker

Presque Isle runner is AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comJ. T. Kingfisher captured the fourth race at Presque Isle Downs last Wednesday night (May 30) with an exciting late run under veteran rider Harry Vega. The Glenn Wismer trainee covered the 6 ½ furlongs on the Tapeta surface in 118.43. The 8 year old paid 17.60 to win even though he had five previous victories at Presque Isle. It was the ninth career win for the gelding that has tallied 23 in the money finishes from 49 lifetime starts. All of his victories have been on either grass or All-Weather surfaces. Owned by Joseph Novogratz, J. T. Kingfisher has earned approximately $115,000 in his career.

— Art Parker

Maker’s “Marvel” is AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comThe versatile Major Marvel made it back-to-back wins with a runaway victory in the third race at Churchill Downs Friday afternoon. The 6 year old gelding is trained by Michael Maker. His victory at Churchill was by more than 6 lengths going a mile on the turf in the $10,000 starter event. Major Marvel was a couple of lengths back at the quarter pole but when asked by rider Miguel Mena, the son of Bernstein turned on the afterburners and embarrassed the competition. Major Marvel got the mile in 134.27 and paid $3.00 to his backers. Claimed for only $10,000 in April by owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Major Marvel has won in two different countries, on turf, on an all-weather surface and dirt. He has enjoyed victories around one and two turns. Major Marvel has 11 career victories and 18 in the money finishes from 37 career starts. His lifetime earnings now exceed $250,000.

— Art Parker

“Hot” Mr. Rod named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comMr. Rod has set Woodbine’s Polytrack on fire recently. Claimed for $6,250 on the second day of the meeting by trainer Scott Fairlie, Mr. Rod stepped out a couple of weeks later to blister an $8,000 field by 4 lengths. Last Wednesday (May 16) the 6 year old horse did the same to a field of $10,000 claimers in the Toronto night and won by more than 2 lengths. Ridden by Todd Kabel, Mr. Rod ran the 6 panels in an impressive 109.44 and paid $9.20 to win. Owned by Ace Racing Stable the dark bay recorded his sixth career victory and has finished in the money 13 times from 32 career starts. Mr. Rod’s lifetime earnings now exceed $200,000.

— Art Parker

Consistent Emerald Downs runner named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comThe game and consistent mare, Perfect Pie, won the 8th race at Emerald Downs Saturday afternoon to add to her distinguished career in the northwest. The 5 year old stalked the early pacesetters, took control at the top of the stretch and held off a late challenge for her second consecutive victory. The Charlie Stenslie trainee captured the 6 furlong $20,000 claiming event in 1:10.04 and paid $ 3.80 to win. Ridden to victory by Debbie Hoonan, Perfect Pie is owned by the One Horse Will Do Corp. and Tony Loften. Sired by Tale of the Cat, Perfect Pie increased her career bankroll to more than $56,000, has won 8 races and finished in the money 13 of 18 attempts.

— Art Parker

D’Wildcard named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comFor a brief moment it looked like a couple of recent Kentucky Derbies. A horse hugs the rail all the way around the track and then slips in front, at mid-stretch, while being bumped and squeezed on the rail. One reason it looked that way in the seventh race at Churchill Downs Saturday night is because the rider that guided the winner home was none other than Calvin Borel. The race wasn’t a Grade One with a huge purse, but a typical $5,000 Starter Allowance race instead. The winning horse that followed Borel’s orders perfectly was D’Wildcard, a horse claimed in March 2011 for $5,000. The Lon Wiggins trainee has made a good living in the Starter allowance ranks ever since. It was the third race he won in 13 months for Wiggins who is also a co-owner. It was the seventh career win for the tough 7 year old and the first time the gelding ever won on an off track. The son of Forest Wildcat has finished in the money 17 times from 41 lifetime starts and his career earnings now exceed $140,000. The winner clocked in at 1:47.21 for the wet 1 1/16 miles event and paid $7.00 to win.

— Art Parker

Ide Ball named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comIde Ball took the Fairgrounds’ 14th race last Friday (March 30, 2012) and won like a favorite should. The chestnut gelding was always breathing down the neck of the pacesetter and took the lead at the 3/16 pole to win the State Bred Optional $25,000 race in the New Orleans night. Entered to be claimed, Ide Ball and rider Rosie Napravnick zipped the six furlongs in 109.92 and returned $3.40 to her backers. The seven year old is trained by Tom Amoss and owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds. The win was the 15th career victory for the Louisiana bred, who has now amassed over $400,000 in career earnings. Ide Ball has finished in the money an impressive 27 times from 41 starts.

-Art Parker, author of the 2012 edition “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns”

Bridge To Nowhere named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comComing off a poor performance six weeks ago in a $10,000 starter handicap race, Bridge To Nowhere won the closing race at Aqueduct Saturday afternoon. Contestants ran the mixed conditions, one mile race for a tag of $10,000. The 5 year old, owned by Hedgebright Stables, was sixth at the quarter pole and rallied to eventually win by a half length under rider Ruben Silvera. Trained by Glenroy Brown, the gelding finished the mile in 139.71 and paid $9.80 to win. Bridge To Nowhere, who was sired by Well Noted, has now won 10 times, accumulated 23 in the money finishes from 36 lifetime starts and has career earnings of approximately $150,000.

— Art Parker, author of “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns – 2012 Spring Meet edition”

Cowboy Cadillac named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comCowboy Cadillac showed his late kick to win the fourth race at Oaklawn Park Saturday afternoon in a race for $5,000 claimers. The one mile event was for horses winless in the last three months. The chestnut gelding began to advance approaching the quarter pole and was 2 lengths behind the early pacesetter with a 1/16 of a mile to go. Cowboy Cadillac ran on to win by more than a length. Veteran rider Jon Court lost his whip during the procession but it made no difference as the 7 year old earned his tenth career victory. Sired by the obscure stallion Booklet, the Al Gates trainee recorded his third lifetime win in Hot Springs and broke the $100,000 career earnings barrier. Owned by Eugenia Thompson, Cowboy Cadillac has finished in the money 22 times from 54 career starts.

-Art Parker

All In No Outs named AGameofSkill Claimer of the Week

Claimer of the Week at AGameofSkill.comAll In No Outs, claimed in his last race by owner-trainer John Rodriguez, captured the sixth race at Parx Saturday afternoon in his first race after an 80 day layoff. The eight year old sat in perfect position to strike the leaders turning into the stretch and took command at the 3/16 pole. Veteran rider Jose Flores kept the bay busy all the way to the wire and withstood a late run from the race favorite to win by a head. All In No Outs covered the 7/8 mile event in 124.89 and paid $6.40 to win. The race was for horses winless in six months for a claiming price of $5,000. The Cherokee Run gelding sports an impressive career record of 12 wins, 10 seconds and 6 third place finishes from 44 career starts. Saturday’s victory boosted his lifetime earnings close to $300,000.

— Art Parker