Regular and Open Nominations for Claiming Crown 2003 Close April 15

The Regular ($100) and Open ($250) nominations deadline for the Claiming Crown 2003 is Tuesday, April 15. The fifth renewal of the rich and prestigious Claiming Crown will be held on July 19 at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. The Claiming Crown will be returning to Canterbury Park, the host of the first three renewals, after a successful 2002 renewal held at Philadelphia Park in Pennsylvania. The six-race event will boast guaranteed purses of $550,000 to qualifying claiming horses from around the country.

Open nominations hold a spot without identifying a specific horse until the Friday, May 30 identification deadline. Also on May 30, nominations ($500) close, while supplemental nominations (5% of purse) close on Tuesday, July 1.

Often referred to as the "Breeders' Cup for Claiming Horses," the Claiming Crown offers claiming horses that have run for various claiming prices over the course of the previous year to compete for rich purses and prestige. The event offers six races with purses ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 on both turf and dirt. This year's races are:.

Claiming Crown Race Claiming Level Age/Sex Distance Surface Purse
The Iron Horse $5,000 3 & Up 8.5 f Dirt $50,000
The Express $7,500 3 & Up 6.0 f Dirt $50,000
The Glass Slipper $12,500 3 & Up, f&m 6.5 f Dirt $75,000
The Rapid Transit $16,000 3 & Up 6.5 f Dirt $100,000
The Emerald $20,000 3 & Up 8.5 f Turf $125,000
The Jewel $25,000 3 & Up 9.0 f Dirt $150,000

For a copy of the Claiming Crown 2003 Summary of Conditions form (Adobe PDF format), click here.

For a copy of the Claiming Crown 2003 nomination form (Adobe PDF format), click here.

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