Claiming activity in the mid-Atlantic region was essentially flat during the week ending September 3, according to our latest Claimbox report. Overall, 62 horses were claimed at Charles Town, Delaware, Monmouth, Parx Racing, Penn National, and Timonium, up just a hair from the 60 claimed the prior week.
Similarly, the money indicators were virtually unchanged. The gross value of horses claimed rose by one-third of one percent, while the average fell by about three percent. The median remained $10,000, the fourth consecutive week at that level.
Parx was once again the region’s busiest track. Twenty-one horses changed hands via the Bensalem track’s claim box, eight more than second-place Monmouth. And the $294,000 gross value of those claims and $14,000 average value were both tops, as well. Monmouth was second in all three categories.
For the second straight week, Scott Lake led all trainers in claims made and also in the value of those claims: three, for a total of $47,500. On the other side of the ledger, Michael Pino and Jamie Ness lost four horses each to claims to lead all trainers, with the value of Pino’s horses — $42,500 — the region’s highest.