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 September 2, 2014.
Claming activity in the mid-Atlantic dipped last week, landing squarely between the heights of the prior week and the valleys of the week before that. Meanwhile, the Midlantic Claiming 7 list of the trainers who have claimed the most horses in the region in the last 30 days retained a familiar look.
For the fifth consecutive week, the name atop the list was that of Patricia Farro. She led all trainers with 13 claims over the last 30 days — four more than any other trainer — and $183,000 in total value, $53,000 more than that of any other trainer. Jorge Navarro was second in both categories, with nine claims for a combined $130,000. But it was Philip Aristone who led all trainers in average claims value; his five were worth a combined $91,000, an average of $18,200.
Aristone was the list’s only new arrival, replacing John Locke.
Farro also led all trainers in net gain of horses. Her 13 claims were offset by having lost seven by the claimbox, leaving her with a net gain of six horses. That was two more than the net gains of Charles Cannon, Claudio Gonzalez, and Cody Beattie.
Farro, Jorge Navarro, and Kimberly Graci tied atop the list of trainers losing horses via the claimbox; all three lost seven over the last month. However, it was Robert Mosco, who lost five horses to claims without adding any via the claimbox, who led trainers in the net loss of horses.
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For the week…
Claiming activity dipped after a banner week the prior week, but the levels of activity remained solid.
Overall, 68 horses were claimed at the region’s racetracks, and they were worth a total of $813,250. Though more than solid by recent standards — in both categories, the numbers were the second-best in the last seven weeks — those numbers were off by 22 percent and 14 percent, respectively, from a week ago. The average value of claimed horses, on the other hand, rose by more than 11 percent to $11,960.
The biggest difference came at Parx Racing, which saw the number of horses claimed in the week decline from 38 the prior week to 19 this past week. That still tied the track for the largest number of claims during the week, with Monmouth Park. The value of the claims at Parx, $317,000, was easily the region’s highest; and its average claim value, $16,684, was also the highest. A dozen horses were claimed at Penn National, while the number of claims at Timonium, Delaware Park, and Charles Town was eight, six, and four, respectively.
The claimbox report covers claiming activity at Parx Racing, Penn National, Charles Town, Monmouth Park, Timonium, and Delaware Park.
Weekly Dollar Value of Horses Changing Hands