Gulfstream Park's Claiming Crown sets all-time handle record

Gulfstream Park Communications
December 07, 2019 06:53pm
Gulfstream Park's Claiming Crown sets all-time handle record
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The 21st running of the Claiming Crown Saturday at Gulfstream Park set an all-time handle record of $13.846 million.

The previous record handle on the Claiming Crown was $13.612 million set last year at Gulfstream Park.

Saturday’s 11-race program was highlighted by Leitone’s victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel and four stakes wins by jockey Paco Lopez.

“We’re ecstatic with the results from Saturday’s Claiming Crown,” said Mike Lakow, Gulfstream’s Vice President of Racing. “The Claiming Crown continues to grow at Gulfstream Park. We witnessed some special performances today from our horses and jockeys. We appreciate the support from the horsemen as well as our fans.

“We truly believe this is a special weekend at Gulfstream with the Claiming Crown and the Clasico Internacional del Caribe. We’re looking forward to another memorable day Sunday with the best Thoroughbreds from Latin America and the Caribbean. The energy in the building will be incredible once again.”

Dan Metzger, President of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, said; “It’s extremely gratifying to see the Claiming Crown set a new wagering record. The Claiming Crown is improving every year and it’s become a real can’t-miss spot on the calendar for horsemen and fans alike. We appreciate the support of Gulfstream Park, the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, and all the fans and horsemen for their support.”  

Sunday’s card will feature the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, five races featuring the best Thoroughbreds from Latin America and the Caribbean. The highlight of the afternoon will be the $300,000 Clasico del Caribe for 3-year-olds.

First race post is 11:40 a.m. The Clasico will feature a Taste of the Caribbean as well as a concert after the races by De La Ghetto.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Sunday will have $300,000 Guaranteed Pool

The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a guaranteed pool of $300,000 when racing resumes Sunday.

Sunday’s Rainbow 6 will begin with the sixth race, an allowance race at a mile on the turf for fillies and mares. The remaining five races in the sequence will feature the races of the Clasico Internacional del Caribe.


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