Tough racehorse duo shares spotlight in weekly award

Penn pair named a gameofskill.com Claimer of the Week

We celebrate the beginning of the second year of the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week by honoring a pair of claimers that battled to a dead heat. In the opening race at Penn National Saturday night heavy favorite Fiscal Stimulus and longshot Muscadine hit the wire together in a thriller. Off at 3-10, Fiscal Stimulus performed as expected by fighting for the early lead and held a slight advantage for nearly the entire race. It looked like the favorite could hold off all challengers but Muscadine, who was the longest shot on the board at 21-1, began a rally from the very back of the pack and refused to let up. Muscadine’s cyclonic finish along the rail assured a second photograph would be taken after the two winners covered the 6 panels in 1:11.45 over a surface labeled “good.” Fiscal Stimulus was ridden by Andrew Wolfsont and Muscadine’s pilot was Trevor McCarthy.
Fiscal Stimulus is owned by the Mulberry Stable and trained by Richard Beattie. The 5 year old gelding now has 7 career wins with 16 in the money finishes from 25 starts. The son of Roman Ruler has bankrolled $210,000 in lifetime earnings. Muscadine is trained by James Nicholson, Jr. and owned by Candy’s Racing Stable. The 5 year old horse has 50 lifetime starts and has finished in the money 25 times. Saturday’s effort was career win number 8 for the son of Include, who now has $125,000 of lifetime earnings.

-Art Parker

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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 Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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  1. Rich:

    I’ve seen a million photo finishes in my days at the races (former Race Book Manager) and I still can’t believe they didn’t put up the 2 horse, Muscadine….who was clearly up at the wire……. What gives with these stewards ?

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