Claiming Championship Series at Big A to
feature 10 stakes worth $710K
By Jenny Kellner | 01/26/2015 01:23 PM ET
The New York Racing Association's inaugural Claiming Championship Series will
offer 10 stakes races worth $710,000 when it debuts at Aqueduct Racetrack on
Saturday, March 21.
Named after some of the most familiar claiming horses to run at the Big A, the
10 races - half at six furlongs and half at 1 1/16 miles, all on the inner track
- are open to horses who have started for a claiming price this year or last
"The Claiming Championship Series gives those horses who have run at Aqueduct
during the winter months their chance to shine on a prominent day of racing,"
said Martin Panza, Senior Vice President of Racing Operations for the New York
Racing Association. "We have all seen the success of the Claiming Crown
[currently run in Florida in December] in Florida and we will see if it works
Heading the two-turn races is the $100,000 Mr. Sinatra, open to horses who have
started for any claiming price in 2014-15. The $80,000 Stud Muffin and the
$80,000 Karakorum Elektra for fillies and mares are open to those who have
started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less, while the $60,000 More To Tell
and $60,000 Sis City for fillies and mares are open to those who have started
for a tag of $16,000 or less.
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