The Racing Biz has been tracking claiming activity in the mid-Atlantic region and reporting on it weekly for the last several months, in our Claimbox report. We continue that, along with our Midlantic Claiming 7 — the trainers who have been busiest over the prior 30 days, ending in this case on August 12, 2014.
Claiming activity picked up a bit during the last week, and the top of the Midlantic Claiming 7 list of trainers who have claimed the most horses in the last 30 days remained similar.
Patricia Farro, with 13 claims since July 13, was atop the list for the second consecutive week, and the value of those claims, $175,500, was also highest among the region’s trainers. Scott Lake was second in both categories, having made 10 claims for a combined value of $135,500. Hugh McMahon’s eight claims, third on the list, were worth a combined $134,500, and his average claims value of $16,812 was the highest.
Kieron Magee, with five claims, was the list’s only new name from last week. He replaced John Locke.
Farro also led all trainers in net gain of horses. Her 13 claims gave her a gain of nine horses after she lost four via the claimbox. That was well clear of Scott Lake, who added a net of four horses.
On the flip side, Michael Pino led all trainers both in horses claimed away, with nine, and net loss of horses; he added three, leaving him with a net loss of six. That was one more than the five of Ronald Dandy and two more than both Anthony Pecoraro and Michael Moore.
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For the week…
Claiming activity picked up a bit from last week.
Overall, 55 horses changed hands via the claimbox during the week ending August 12; that was four more than the prior week, a roughly eight percent gain. More impressively, the total value of those claims jumped to $622,000, a 43 percent increase over the prior week. The average was up a third, to $11,309.
Parx Racing had the busiest claimbox, as 17 horses were claimed there. That was two more than at Penn National. At Monmouth Park, there were 14 horses claimed, the third highest figure, but their total and average values were the highest; the $203,000 gross value of those claims led to an average of $14,500. Delaware Park saw six claims on the week, while Charles Town had three.
The claimbox report covers claiming activity at Parx Racing, Penn National, Charles Town, Monmouth Park, and Delaware Park.
Weekly Dollar Value of Horses Changing Hands