Tahitian Queen has been entered to run in the first race on Saturday. See the entries HERE. Jose Ferrer will ride.
The race is a six furlong sprint for $7,500 claimers that have not won twice, the logical place to spot her. It is a field of six fillies.
Anytime you enter a claiming race there is a chance that you will lose your horse to another owner.
If you handicap a lot, you will encounter horses that are habitually entered where they have no chance to compete. One aspect of being a successful trainer is entering your horses where they have a chance win. This is why Tammy chose this spot for Tahitian Queen. She won a maiden claiming race and this is the logical progression.
For those of you not familiar with how claiming works, here is an explanation. I went to Claims Clerk Carmen Bish for the details.
Any horse entered in a claiming race can be purchased from that race by a licensed owner or trainer with sufficient funds on account.
The owner, trainer, or authorized agent must complete the claim slip and enter it in the claims box located in the horsemens’ book keepr office no later than 15 minutes prior to the race. That office is located on office level of the grandstand.
The claim slip must be completed accurately or the claim is void. The box that the slips are dropped into is sync’d with the tote system and locks itself at exactly 15 minutes to post.
If there is only one claim, that person becomes the new owner of the horse once the starting gate opens. The purse money earned plus the claiming price go to the former owners. If there are multiple claims for the same horse, a shake is held to determine the new owner.
The horse’s papers are then transferred to the new owner.
If you are awake later this evening be sure to listen to Dark Star on WCCO 830AM. Randy Sampson, track president, will join Dark at 9:30pm and then at midnight Kevin Gorg and I will join in for A Night At The Races.