For the sixth straight week, claiming activity in the mid-Atlantic held essentially steady.

During the week ending December 9, 57 horses were claimed — the sixth consecutive week in which between 49 and 57 horses changed hands via the claimbox.  The value of this week’s claims was $617,500 (average: $10,833), an eight percent dip versus the prior week.  The average, of $10,833 was down 16 percent from last week’s $12,908.

Despite the decline in value versus the prior week, this was the fifth week in a row in which the value of claimed horses was between $500,000 and $671,250.

Parx Racing and Laurel Park were by far the region’s busiest tracks for claiming activity.  Parx led in the number of horses claimed, with 23, and the gross value of those claims, at $269,000.  Laurel led with an average claim value of $13,105 for its 19 claims (gross value: $249,000).  There were nine claims at Penn National and six at Charles Town.

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[su_row] [su_column]Top Claimers for the week

  1. Claudio Gonzalez — 3 claims for $62,500
  2. Scott Lake — 3 for $40,500
  3. Eight others with two each[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/2″] Who’s losing horses

  1. Keith LeBarron — 3 claimed away for $23,000
  2. Keith Nations — 2 for $37,500
  3. Three others with two each [/su_column] [/su_row]

Forty-five trainers claimed at least one horse during the week, while 51 had one or more claimed away.  The Claimbox Report covers claiming activity at Parx Racing, Penn National, Laurel Park, and Charles Town Races.