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Friday, July 16, 2010

Pre-Entries Taken for $500,000 Claiming Crown - 64 Horses Pre-Entered for the 12th Annual Event

On Wednesday, 64 horses were pre-entered for the 12th Annual Claiming Crown. The six-race series, featuring $500,000 in purse money for thoroughbred racing’s “blue collar” runners, will be contested at Canterbury Park on July 24 with first post scheduled for 1:30 p.m. This year marks the tenth time in 12 years that the Shakopee, MN oval will host some of the nations’ leading trainers and jockeys for this one-of-a-kind event.

Midwest Thoroughbreds, currently the nation’s leading owner with 157 wins, leads all owners with six horses pre-entered for the 2010 Claiming Crown. Midwest Thoroughbreds pre-entered the following horses: Quite A Dude in the $50,000 Iron Horse, My Irish Girl in the $75,000 Glass Slipper, Max Ahead and Sweeten With Gold in the $75,000 Rapid Transit and For All Who Conga and My Friend Nev in the $150,000 Jewel.

Five of the six runners pre-entered by Midwest Thoroughbreds are trained by former Canterbury Park regular Jamie Ness. Ness, currently the nation’s third leading trainer with 146 wins, was primarily stabled at the Shakopee track from 2000-2008 until he took a majority of stable to Pennsylvania. Ness leads all trainers with five Claiming Crown pre-entries.

To see a full list of Claiming Crown pre-entries, click here.

For more information about the Claiming Crown, visit

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