Gulfstream had an impressive turn as Claiming Crown results came in with the track handling $10.12 million over the course of the day. The nine races of the marquee event itself were bolstered by two opening competitions, bringing the total for the day to 11 races. The handle for the day was up 0.6% from 2014.
P.J. Campo, the VP of Racing for the Stonarch Group and the general manager of Gulfstream Park, was very happy with the Claiming Crown results at the gate. “We’re extremely pleased with the success of Saturday’s Claiming Crown. We had big fields and tremendous participation from horsemen throughout North America. We’re confident that the numbers would have been more impressive with a fast track and firm field turf.”
The weather was certainly a factor in track attendance as winter’s early arrival, coupled with rainy skies, put a slight damper on the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream. Conditions were so sloppy that four of the turf events had to be moved to the dirt course on race day.
The Claiming Crown is a late season event that has been gaining popularity over the years in the wake of the Breeders’ Cup and the regular thoroughbred season. It’s certainly a great betting event for enthusiasts as it features a lot of the top breeders and trainers who can now focus on their undercard talent with their best resting at this time of year.
Bethlehem Stables was the big winner over the weekend, winning the headliner of the day as Royal Posse claimed The Jewel in the finale. Stablemate Mr. Palmer placed second, giving the ownership a strong double in Claiming Crown results. Royal Posse was jockeyed by Javier Castellano, who had quite the day at Gulfstream.
With wins in the Iron Horse, Rapid Transit, Glass Slipper and Jewel, Castellano rode four different horses to victory in Claiming Crown results. The winner of the past two Eclipse Jockey of the Year Award has finished first in earnings over the past two seasons. His four big wins on Saturday will certainly pocket him even more while endearing him to his current connections.
There’s no doubt that Castellano and Gulfstream Park both generated a ton of action, and with a better uptick in weather in 2016, the Claiming Crown results on the track and at the gate could be even better.