Quick Answer: How Does A Claiming Horse 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 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.

How do you claim a horse in a race?



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What is a claim rule in racing?

Rule 1: Drop the “Claim”

On race day, up until 15 minutes before post time, an owner may “drop in a claim” for a horse in a claiming race. The slip states the horses name, your name/license number and trainer. The owner must have the required funds (plus tax) already in their horsemen account with the track paymaster.

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.

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 rank?

Rank to a rider describes a horse that refuses to rate early in the pace. Rank as understood by most people is a fractious horse, a horse that fights its rider, throws its head about, etc. To a chart caller I think rank means an unmanageable.

What happens if a horse refuses to race?

If a horse is shown in results as “RR” , or sometimes “LFT”, this means that the horse refused to race when the race started. As the horse would have come under starters orders any bets on the horse will be losing bets. This includes both refusing to run from a tape start and staying in the stalls at a stalls start.

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.

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 is an allowance race for thoroughbreds?

An allowance race is one in which the runners run for a higher purse than in a maiden race. These races usually involve conditions such as “non-winner of three lifetime.” They usually are for a horse which has broken its maiden but is not ready for stakes company.

What is a starter allowance race?

A starter allowance gives a weight allowance for horses that meet certain conditions. An Optional Claiming race is one where horses can be entered for the pre-determined claiming price. If “entered not to be claimed”, the horse must meet the allowance condition of this race.

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!