Claimbox: Midlantic claiming sees January rise

by | Feb 9, 2017 | Breaking, Business, Regionwide, Top Stories

Photo by The Racing Biz.

by Frank Vespe

Claiming activity in the mid-Atlantic region dipped in January 2017 versus the prior month, December 2016. But with one more track operating than had in January 2016, it was up sharply versus that month.

Overall, 161 horses were claimed in the region in January.  The total value of those was $1,586,500, and the average was $9,854.

All of those numbers lagged behind the similar figures recorded in December.  During December 177 horses were claimed with a combined value of nearly $1.75 million and an average of $9,873.  Both the number of horses claimed and the gross value of those horses were off by about nine percent.

But compared to January 2016, the numbers represented a big jump.  That’s primarily because a year ago, Parx Racing was closed for all of January (and most of February).  A year ago, with Parx dark for the month — and with Charles Town seeing just two horses claimed — there were 114 claims in the region with a gross value of $1,168,000.

That means that January 2017 saw the number of horses claimed increase by 41 percent versus the same month a year ago, and the gross value of claims jump by nearly 36 percent.

The opening of Parx — and the revitalization, at least for the month, of claiming at Charles Town — led to a reshuffling of claiming activity.  Whereas Laurel Park and Penn National combined to see 112 horses claimed in January ’16, just 64 were claimed at those two tracks last month, 48 of them at Laurel and 16 at Penn.

Parx Racing led the region with 79 horses claimed with a gross value of $836,000.  Its average claim value of $10,582 was also the region’s highest.  Laurel, with 48 claims for a total of $471,000 (average: $9,812) was second in all three categories.  Eighteen horses were claimed at Charles Town, with 16 changing hands via the claimbox at Penn Nationa.

The Claimbox report is based on Equibase statistics and covers Laurel Park, Pimlico, Timonium, Charles Town, Delaware Park, Parx Racing, Penn National, Monmouth Park, and the Meadowlands.


Who’s claiming horses

  1. Jamie Ness — 8 claims for $69,500.00
  2. Marcos Zulueta — 6 for $137,500.00
  3. Kieron Magee — 6 for $48,500.00
  4. Mary Eppler — 5 for $72,000.00
  5. Michael Pino — 5 for $60,500.00
  6. Patricia Farro — 5 for $53,500.00
  7. Juan Vazquez — 5 for $50,500.00
  8. Scott Lake — 5 for $35,000.00
  9. 5 tied with 4 claims each

Overall, 88 trainers claimed at least one horse.

Who’s losing horses

  1. Patricia Farro — 8 lost for $$65,000.00
  2. Michael Pino — 7 lost for $83,500.00
  3. Marcos Zulueta — 7 lost for $63,000.00
  4. Jamie Ness — 5 lost for $68,000.00
  5. Kieron Magee — 5 lost for $40,000.00
  6. Mario Serey, Jr. — 4 lost for $45,000.00
  7. 9 tied with three horses lost

Overall, 96 trainers had at least one horse claimed away from them.


Claim Value
Claim average
1Ness, Jamie8$69,500.00$8,687.50
2Zulueta, Marcos6$137,500.00$22,916.67
3Magee, Kieron6$48,500.00$8,083.33
4Eppler, Mary E.5$72,000.00$14,400.00
5Pino, Michael V.5$60,500.00$12,100.00
6Farro, Patricia5$53,500.00$10,700.00
7Vazquez, Juan C.5$50,500.00$10,100.00
8Lake, Scott A.5$35,000.00$7,000.00
9McMahon, Hugh I.4$52,500.00$13,125.00
10Runco, Jeff C.4$40,000.00$10,000.00
11Serey, Jr., Mario4$36,000.00$9,000.00
12Graci, Kimberly A4$26,000.00$6,500.00
13Kreiser, Timothy C.4$25,000.00$6,250.00
14Brown, Ronney W.3$30,000.00$10,000.00
15Velazquez, Alfredo3$27,500.00$9,166.67
16Milian, Carlos J.3$20,000.00$6,666.67
17Robb, John J.3$20,000.00$6,666.67
18Moore, Michael M.2$40,000.00$20,000.00
19Martin, Silvio L.2$30,000.00$15,000.00
20Gaffney, Hubert2$29,000.00$14,500.00
21Allen, III, A. Ferris2$21,000.00$10,500.00
22Haynes, Ernest M.2$20,500.00$10,250.00
23Blue, Jr., Harvey L.2$17,500.00$8,750.00
24Vera, Miguel2$17,500.00$8,750.00
25Velazquez, Daniel2$17,500.00$8,750.00
26Potts, Wayne2$15,000.00$7,500.00
27Worton, Dorothy Elisabeth2$14,000.00$7,000.00
28McMahon, Demelza2$14,000.00$7,000.00
29Hadry, Charles J.2$12,000.00$6,000.00
30Trombetta, Michael J.2$10,000.00$5,000.00
31Schoenthal, Phil1$25,000.00$25,000.00
32Smith, Hamilton A.1$25,000.00$25,000.00
33Aro, Michael Charles1$20,000.00$20,000.00
34Nations, Keith1$20,000.00$20,000.00
35Gonzalez, Claudio A.1$16,000.00$16,000.00
36Vega, Richard1$16,000.00$16,000.00
37Coletti, Jr., Edward J.1$16,000.00$16,000.00
38Guerrero, Juan Carlos1$16,000.00$16,000.00
39Tracey, Ray1$12,500.00$12,500.00
40Gazzier, Kristy1$12,500.00$12,500.00
41Albright, Amy1$12,500.00$12,500.00
42Stowers, Michelle1$11,000.00$11,000.00
43Iannotti, IV, Thomas1$11,000.00$11,000.00
44Sillaman, Richard P.1$11,000.00$11,000.00
45Gaudet, Lacey1$11,000.00$11,000.00
46Gory, Mark1$10,000.00$10,000.00
47Brooks, Gerald E.1$10,000.00$10,000.00
48Houghton, Roy D.1$10,000.00$10,000.00
49Rodriguez, John M.1$10,000.00$10,000.00
50Hartsell, Jr., John J.1$10,000.00$10,000.00
51Wyner, Harold1$8,000.00$8,000.00
52Rathman, Elisha1$8,000.00$8,000.00
53Stites, Flint W.1$8,000.00$8,000.00
54Greaves, Vernon1$8,000.00$8,000.00
55Glorioso, Ronald S.1$7,500.00$7,500.00
56Dandy, Ronald J.1$7,500.00$7,500.00
57Estrada, Eberd1$7,500.00$7,500.00
58Frock, Charles L.1$7,500.00$7,500.00
59Rodriguez, Miguel A.1$7,500.00$7,500.00
60Wong, Jonathan1$7,500.00$7,500.00
61Penaloza, Miguel1$7,500.00$7,500.00
62Montoya, Marya K.1$7,500.00$7,500.00
63Walters, Henry1$7,500.00$7,500.00
64Abrams, Ronald B.1$7,500.00$7,500.00
65Caraballo, Wilfredo V.1$7,500.00$7,500.00
66Allen, Randy1$7,500.00$7,500.00
67Guerrero, Melecio Saldana1$7,500.00$7,500.00
68Pinkney, Dave1$7,500.00$7,500.00
69Barr, Donald H.1$6,500.00$6,500.00
70Hess, Jacob G.1$6,000.00$6,000.00
71Farrior, Anthony1$6,000.00$6,000.00
72Beattie, Stephanie S.1$5,000.00$5,000.00
73Burton, Tim1$5,000.00$5,000.00
74Correa, Alex A.1$5,000.00$5,000.00
75Geist, David W.1$5,000.00$5,000.00
76Guerrero, J. Guadalupe1$5,000.00$5,000.00
77Kopp, Glenn1$5,000.00$5,000.00
78Herbert, James1$5,000.00$5,000.00
79Kantarmaci, Mertkan1$5,000.00$5,000.00
80Leaf, Jr., Robert1$5,000.00$5,000.00
81Moschonas, Gerasimos1$5,000.00$5,000.00
82Ramirez, Jose A.1$5,000.00$5,000.00
83Rodriguez, Jose S.1$5,000.00$5,000.00
84Taylor, Joseph1$5,000.00$5,000.00
85Serey, Juan1$5,000.00$5,000.00
86Helmetag, Robert P.1$5,000.00$5,000.00
87Contreras, Javier1$4,500.00$4,500.00
88Reck, Christopher R.1$4,000.00$4,000.00