Thursday, August 18, 2011

Allowance Optional Claiming races

A new owner might wonder why they would want to enter a horse for a claiming tag in an Allowance Optional Claiming race, and thus offer their horse for sale via claim. The conditions of such a race allows horses to enter an allowance race that they would not otherwise qualify for, therefore giving the horse a chance at the bigger allowance size purse. The catch is that if a horse doesn't meet the allowance conditions then that horse must run for the claiming price specified by the race conditions. Here's the conditions for a recent race at Arlington Park for example:
Conditions: 6F Dirt. FOR FILLIES AND MARES THREE YEARS OLD AND UPWARD WHICH HAVE NEVER WON $8,800 ONCE OTHER THAN MAIDEN, CLAIMING, STARTER, OR STATE BRED ALLOWANCE OR HAVE NEVER WON TWO RACES OR CLAIMING PRICE $18,000. Three Year Olds, 120 lbs.; Older, 124 lbs. Non-winners of a race since July 13 Allowed 3 lbs. Claiming Price $18,000 (Races where entered for $15,000 or less not considered). Purse: $35,075

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