Updated on 09/18/2011 12:25AM

83 pre-entered for Claiming Crown


A total of 83 horses were pre-entered Wednesday for the seven races comprising the July 15 Claiming Crown at Canterbury Park, the showcase of the meet at the central Minnesota racetrack. The Claiming Crown card also is home to Canterbury's most prestigious stakes race, the Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Pre-entries range from a high of 16 in the $100,000 Tiara, for females going long on turf, to a low of just six in the Jewel. Somewhat illogically, the Jewel, for 3-year-olds and up going long on dirt, is the day's richest race, with a $150,000 purse.

All seven of the Claiming Crown races are run under starter-allowance conditions; the horses must have raced for an established claiming price in each race. To be eligible for the Jewel, a horse must have run in a claiming race for a price of $35,000 or less.

The favorite in the 1 1/8-mile Jewel figures to be Sinners N Saints, who ships from New York for trainer Rick Dutrow. Sandburr, a winner of three straight, the last two at Arlington Park, also will have his supporters.

Chicago is well-represented, with 11 pre-entries, but 11 more horses are based in the Mid-Atlantic region, a contingent led by trainer Scott Lake, whose five-pre-entries are the most from any trainer. Lake gave several of his starters a prep race over the Canterbury surface, an effort to end a Claiming Crown slump during the last couple seasons.

There are six horses from California, but just two from New York. In both areas, high-end claiming purses are in the same range as four of the seven Claiming Crown races.