This will mark the fourth consecutive year the Claiming Crown has been contested at the Florida track. Last year's Claiming Crown, which had total handle of more than $10 million, featured eight races. This year's Claiming Crown will feature a ninth race - a 5-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares with a purse of $110,000. The feature event will again be the $200,000 Jewel, won last year by the 17-1 longshot Catholic Cowboy.
The nomination deadline is November 8 with a $100 fee for each race. Supplemental nominations can be made by December 2 for $5,000 for the Jewel, $3,000 for the Emerald and Tiara, and $2,500 for all other Claiming Crown races.
Horsemen are also reminded that Laurel Park on November 1 will host nine “Win and You’re In” races as a preview to Claiming Crown at Gulfstream. Entries for the preview day at Laurel close October 29. Each race winner receives an automatic berth into the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream with free shipping included. For more information about the Claiming Crown preview day at Laurel, click here.