Claiming Crown Preview races will carry 30% owner bonus

The nine starter allowance events that make up the $400,000 Claiming Crown Preview Oct. 2 at Pimlico Race Course will each carry the 30% owner bonus for Maryland-breds typically awarded for non-stakes at Maryland racetracks.

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors on Sept.15 discussed the Claiming Crown Preview races, which are listed in the Pimlico condition book as starter allowances. The 30% owner bonus designation is not listed in the condition book. The MTHA Board then voted unanimously to pay the bonuses based on purse earnings by Maryland-bred horses that finish first, second, or third.

Given the change, horses who finish sixth through last in the Claiming Crown Preview events will earn 2% of the purse rather than the usual 4%.

The $835,000 Claiming Crown will be held Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park. Each of the nine winners at Pimlico will receive an automatic berth into the respective championship race at Gulfstream. The Maryland Jockey Club will provide up to $2,500 to the owner of the winner to cover shipping expenses to Florida, and the MJC will pay the $100 nomination fee for the winning horse. The owner of each winner is responsible for all other associated fees.

The Claiming Crown Preview races at Pimlico are as follows:

  • $35,000 Express Prep: 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $8,000 or less in 2019-20, distance six furlongs
  • $35,000 Iron Horse Prep: 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $8,000 or less in 2019-20, distance 1 1/16 miles
  • $40,000 Glass Slipper Prep: fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $12,500 or less in 2019-20, distance 1 1/16 miles
  • $40,000 Rapid Transit Prep: 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $16,000 or less in 2019-20, distance six furlongs
  • $45,000 Distaff Dash Prep: fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less in 2019-20, distance five furlongs (turf)
  • $45,000 Canterbury Prep: 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less in 2019-20, distance five furlongs (turf)
  • $50,000 Tiara Prep: fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less in 2019-20, distance 1 1/16 miles (turf)
  • $50,000 Emerald Prep: 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $25,000 or less in 2019-20, distance 1 1/16 miles (turf)
  • $60,000 Jewel Prep: 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $35,000 or less in 2019-20, distance 1 1/8 miles

Entries for the Claiming Crown Preview races close Sunday, Sept. 27.

The MTHA Board at its meeting also discussed cancellation of live races after 10 a.m. has begunand voted to increase the payment to horsemen from $100 to $500 for any starter in a race that is canceled for weather after the race’s published Lasix treatment time.

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