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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Supplemental Nomination Deadline for the 2011 Claiming Crown is This Friday, November 18

This Friday, November 18, is the deadline to supplement horses to the six races of the 2011  Claiming Crown. The $500,000 Claiming Crown will be run this year on December 3 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, Louisiana.

All supplemental nominations, which must be accompanied by a fee equal to five percent of the guaranteed purse of the race to which the horse is being supplements, must be received on or before 12:00 midnight EST November 18, 2011. Nominations received after the close of nominations (12:00 midnight EST) on Friday, November 18, 2011, will not be accepted.

Supplemental Nominations accompanied by a fee equivalent to five percent (5.0%) of the guaranteed purse of the intended race will be accepted from the owner of record at the time of nomination, or his
authorized agent, in accord with the following schedule. At the timeof nomination, the nominating owner or his authorized agent must identify both the nominated horse and the intended Claiming Crown
race. Horses made eligible to Claiming Crown 2011 by Supplemental Nomination are exempt from payment of Pre-Entry, Entry, and Starting fees.

No refunds will be made except for the following: One-half (50%) of the Supplemental Nomination fee paid shall be refunded to the nominator in the event that the horse has earned enough points to enter a Claiming Crown 2011 race but does not enter. In the event that the horse has not earned enough points to enter a Claiming Crown 2011 race, the Supplemental Nomination fee shall be fully refunded.

Pre-Entries for the six 2011 Claiming Crown races will be taken on Monday, November 21, at which time nominated horses must be declared for a specific race. Final entries for the races will be taken on Wednesday, November 30.

The Claiming Crown is a partnership between the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Patterned after the Breeders’ Cup, the Claiming Crown was designed to reward Thoroughbred racing’s “blue-collar” horses and offer races at varying distances on both dirt and turf. This will mark the first time Fair Grounds has hosted the event, which debuted at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota in 1999. Canterbury has hosted 10 of the first 12 renewals of the event. The Claiming Crown was held at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) in Bensalem, Pennsylvania in 2002 and at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky in 2007.

For more information about Claiming Crown please visit www.claimingcrown.com.

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