AGOS Claimer of the Week: Ben Battles for Win in Lexington, KY

Let’s Go Ben battled for the lead throughout, was headed in the final furlong but came back to win the opening race at Keeneland last Wednesday defeating $32,000 claimers. Let’s Go Ben has been named the Claimer of the Week. The son of Songandaprayer covered the 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.90 and returned $13.80 to his backers once his fifth career victory was official. Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the gelding has now finished in the money (top three finishers) in 11 of 24 lifetime races. The 7 year old is trained by Charles Lopresti and has earned $156,000 in his career. Marianna and Brandon Chase own Let’s Go Ben.

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AGOS Claimer of the Week: Meteor strikes at Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa-Bay-Downs_groupon Moonlit Meteor stalked the early leaders, took command around the quarter pole and sped to an easy 7 length victory in the fourth race at Tampa last Thursday afternoon. Moonlit Meteor has been named the Claimer of the Week. The chestnut gelding returned $5.20 to his backers once his tenth career victory was made official. The son of Malibu Moon covered the six furlongs in 1:10.61 while defeating his fellow $5,000 claimers. The 8 year old was ridden by Manoel Cruz and is trained by James Tsirigotis. Owned by Julie Perez, Moonlit Meteor has finished in the money (top three finishers) an impressive 17 times from 22 starts and has now earned more than $113,000 in lifetime earnings.

AGOS Claimer of the Week: Winter Games a Winner at Big A

winter horse racing Winter Games, laid off since last summer in Indiana, placed forwardly early and then battled to win the third race at Aqueduct (Big A) last Thursday afternoon by a half-length. The son of 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy has been named the Claimer of the Week. The 6 year old defeated $32,000 claimers at a mile over the inner track in 1:38.58. Ridden by Manuel Franco, the gelding returned $6.60 to his backers. Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, Winter Games has now won 6 career races and finished in the money 11 times from 18 lifetime starts. Owned by Neal M. Allread, Winter Games has earned accumulated $218,000 in career earnings.

Claimer of the Week from Del Mar

Del Mar racingOlympic Blue broke from an outside post, contested the lead after the opening quarter mile, took command at the top of the stretch and hung on to win the first race on opening day of the Del Mar meet. It was the ninth career victory for Olympic Blue, who has been named the Claimer of the Week.


The 5 year old defeated fellow $12,500 claimers on the fast main track going a mile, and stopped the timer in 1:37.11. The gelding’s backers were well rewarded with a win ticket that returned $19.60. The son of Olympio, who has now won on dirt, grass, and artificial surfaces, was masterfully ridden by Rafael Bejarano. He was claimed from his last race at Golden Gate by trainer Andy Mathis. The California bred has finished in the money (top three finishers) 17 times from 30 career starts. Owned by the Bran Jam Stable, Olympic Blue has now accumulated nearly $218,000 in lifetime earnings.

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

Super claimer Rapid Redux goes for 22nd win in a row

Rapid ReduxOpening day at Laurel Park’s winter meet got an unexpected boost when Rapid Redux’s name showed up in the entry box for Wednesday, January 4.

Rapid Redux surpassed the great Zenyatta’s streak of 19 straight wins last year when he extended his amazing win streak to 21 races in a row. This is believed to be a modern day record.

Leading horse owner Bob Cole claimed Rapid Redux for only $6,250 in the fall of 2010. Since then, the gelding has won 22 of 23 races with earnings of $256,384. The win streak began Dec. 2, 2010 at Penn National.   Read the full story from the Daily Racing Form.