Question: How Do Claiming Horse Races Work?

A claiming race in thoroughbred horse racing is one in which the horses are all for sale for more or less the same price (the “claiming price”) up until shortly before the race.

Claiming races fall at the bottom of this hierarchy, below maiden races, and make up the bulk of races run at most US tracks.

Why put a horse in a claiming race?

Horse Betting: Claiming Races. A claiming race means that the horses may be purchased by a licensed owner for the claiming price listed for that race. Every track has certain claiming guidelines, but generally there are certain rules that apply. The horse is then picked up by its new owner/trainer after the race.

What does waiver claiming mean in horse racing?

A maiden claiming race in which one or more horses may be declared ineligible to be claimed by the owner per state regulations. OCH Optional Claiming Handicap. This type race is an OPTIONAL CLAIMING race that is run under HANDICAP conditions.

What are stakes races in horse racing?

A stakes race is one that generally requires a nomination fee. A nomination fee is what the owner of a horse must pay for the privilege of competing in the race.

Can horse owners bet on their horse?

If they have a horse in the race they can only bet their horse on top. Jockeys can bet, but the same applies. trainers bet, and not always their horse.

How does a horse claiming race work?

A claiming race in thoroughbred horse racing is one in which the horses are all for sale for more or less the same price (the “claiming price”) up until shortly before the race. Claiming races have claim amounts which vary, and higher amounts tend to have richer purses.

What does it mean when a horse is out of the handicap?

When a horse runs outside of the handicap it means that it cannot run off the correct weight for its official rating in the class it runs in.

What does bm70 mean in horse racing?

Off-season metropolitan meetings will sometimes have a BM70 on the card. These races are otherwise found at country and provincial meetings. Benchmark 78 (8 – 11) Starting to get into the decent horses now!

What is a maiden claiming horse race?

In horse racing a maiden race is an event for horses that have not won a race. Horses that have not won a race are referred to as maidens. Maiden horse races are held over a variety of distances and under conditions with eligibility based on the sex or age of the horse.

What is a black type horse race?

Black type races are either Listed or Group status races. You will often hear somebody describing a horse as ‘Black Type’. This means that the horse has won (or has been placed in) a Group or Listed encounter.