11/06/2010 3:50PM

Breeders' Cup: Calhoun's claimers


Its crazy enough that trainer Bret Calhoun, who had never won a Breeders' Cup race before 2010, has gone 2-2 with his BC staters this weekend. But things get even stranger: Both Dubai Majesty, who won the Filly and Mare Sprint, and Chamberlain Bridge, who just captured the Turf Sprint, once were claiming horses.

Calhoun and owner Carle Moore dropped a $35,000 claim on Chamberlain Bridge in March 2008, and its fair to say that the gelding has paid his way at this point, since Chamberlain Bridge is well over a million dollars in career earnings.

Dubai Majesty never was claimed by anyone, and since joining Calhoun's barn in summer of 2008 she has never started for a tag, but earlier in 2008, when based in Florida with a different outfit, Dubai Majesty twice raced in "non-winners-of-two" claimers, the second time for just a $25,000 price.

Who says you have to be a gazillionaire to play this game?