With the long holiday weekend just past, it appears that a lot of the folks who claim horses in the mid-Atlantic region took their money and went to the beach for a few days.  Both the number and dollar value of claims in the region plummeted during the week of July 4-July 10 as compared to the prior seven days, according to our Claimbox report.

Just 54 horses were claimed in the area during the most recent seven-day period, down from 69 the prior seven days (and from 61 the week before that).  The dollar value also fell, by 38 percent, to $521,500.  Both the average and median value of horses also fell, the former by 20 percent to a shade under $10,000 and the latter by a quarter to $7,500.

The biggest change was at Monmouth.  A week ago, that track saw 21 horses change hands via the claimbox, while in the most recent period, just 10 did.  Fourteen horses were claimed at Parx and at Penn National, making those two track’s the region’s busiest this week, and the gross value of horses claimed at Parx, $130,000, was the region’s highest.  Delaware recorded the highest average claim price, of nearly $13,000.

Michael Pino’s $32,500 in claims led all trainers in dollar value, while Jonathan Maldonado claimed the most horses, three.  Tracks included in this report are Charles Town, Colonial Downs, Delaware Park, Monmouth, Parx Racing, and Penn National.