HRI Edited Release — HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – 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.”
We will have a Claiming Crown review as well as big weekend of two year old stakes Monday.