The number of horses claimed in the mid-Atlantic in November declined just over 10 percent from October, but a solid rise in the average price meant that the gross value of claimed horses was essentially unchanged.
Overall, 222 horses were claimed at mid-Atlantic tracks, down about 10.5 percent from October, when 248 changed hands. However, with a rise in the average claim value to $11,457, the gross value of claims was essentially unchanged; the claimed horses were valued at $2,543,500, off less than one percent from October’s gross.
The busiest tracks by far were Parx Racing and Laurel Park. At Parx, 88 horses were claimed for a total of $1,013,000 (average: $11,511), while at Laurel, there were 81 claims for $1,038,250 (average: $12,818). Meanwhile, Penn National saw 42 claims, and Charles Town had just 11.[show-rjqc id=”17″] [show-rjqc id=”18″]
CLAIMING TRAINERS FOR THE MONTH
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Among trainers, most of the names at the top of the list have been familiar over the last couple of months: Scott Lake, Patricia Farro, Ramon Preciado.
The lone exception is the suddenly busy Dale Capuano. The Laurel-based trainer claimed eight horses in November — good for fourth on the list — with a combined value of $103,000, also fourth-highest. Capuano also had the highest net gain of horses of any trainer. His eight claims were offset by just one horse claimed away, giving him a net gain of seven. No other trainer had a net gain of more than four during the month.
On the other side of the ledger, Robert Mosco had four horses claimed away without claiming any; that left him with a net loss of four horses. Four other trainers had net losses of three horses each.
The Claimbox Report covers claiming activity at Parx Racing, Penn National, Laurel Park, and Charles Town Races.