Put on every year by the National HBPA and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association, this $500,000 day of racing has been hosted ten times by Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, one time by Philadelphia Park in Pennsylvania, and one time by Ellis Park in Kentucky. All three tracks have proven excellent hosts, and a return to any of them would always be a welcome one.
That said, the original intent behind the Claiming Crown was to move it around to different tracks periodically. While any track has the potential to host a Claiming Crown if the track and its horsemen are willing to contribute the necessary funds towards the event's purses, other factors that are important are:
- Whether or not it is easy to ship to the track
- Whether the track's simulcast signal is widely distributed and readily available to potential bettors
- Whether the track is racing and the climate is suitable for such an event on a Saturday afternoon in mid-to-late July
Keeping in mind those factors, where do you think would be a good host track in the future for a renewal of the Claiming Crown? Let us know.