Mr. Ark is doing well as he comes off his last race and starts to get ready for his first for the Club (look for that in the next couple of weeks). Reports are that he is a great horse to be around with a good personality and enjoys human attention. He’s working well as well – which is always a plus!
But what about our next horse? We want to start the season with a pair of runners but we can’t just claim another horse per the rules of claiming at Oaklawn. Here is a video of Nevada explain the process for us:
Why, you may ask, would a track do implement a rule like this? It ends up being pretty simple: tracks don’t want horsemen to come in and raid the track, claiming horses in order to stock their own stables to run somewhere else. You get one open claim and then you have to run in order to participate in claiming horses at the meet. Another caveat at many tracks: a claimed horse can’t leave the grounds for 30-days or, perhaps, until the end of the meet. This, again, keeps horsemen from dipping in and claiming a horse only to have it run somewhere else.
So we continue to look for a private purchase, but we will have another option open to us once Mr. Ark runs back.