It's Not Too Late - Claiming Crown 2009 Nominations Due Friday, April 17!

The eleventh renewal of the rich and prestigious Claiming Crown will be held on Saturday, July 25 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. The deadline for regular and open nominations for Claiming Crown 2009 is Friday, April 17. The event is limited to horses that have started at least once since January 1, 2007 for a claiming price ranging from $7,500 to $35,000.

The Claiming Crown is returning to Canterbury Park, where eight of the previous ten renewals of the event have been held. The exceptions were 2007, when the event was held at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky, and the 2002 renewal, which was held at Phildelphia Park in Pennsylvania.

The seven-race event will boast guaranteed purses of $600,000 to qualifying claiming horses from around the country.

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 seven 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 $7,500 3 & Up 8.5 f Dirt $50,000
The Express $7,500 3 & Up 6.0 f Dirt $50,000
The Glass Slipper $16,000 3 & Up, f&m 6.0 f Dirt $75,000
The Rapid Transit $16,000 3 & Up 6.0 f Dirt $75,000
The Tiara $25,000 3 & Up, f&m 8.5 f Turf $100,000
The Emerald $25,000 3 & Up 8.5 f Turf $100,000
The Jewel $35,000 3 & Up 9.0 f Dirt $150,000

The Regular ($100) and Open ($250) nominations deadline is Friday, April 17. Open nominations hold a spot without identifying a specific horse until the Friday, June 5 identification deadline. Also on June 5, nominations ($500) close, while supplemental nominations (5% of purse) close on Friday, July 10.

For more information and nomination forms, click here to visit the Claiming Crown website or call Claiming Crown Coordinator Nat Wess at (800) 340-6361, ext. 6411.

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