11/30/2011 5:14PM

Claiming Crown has 39 entrants in five races; Rapid Transit canceled

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NEW ORLEANS - Only 39 horses have been entered for Saturday’s 13th edition of the Claiming Crown, the lowest total in the event’s history. Just five races, another historic low, will comprise this year’s Claiming Crown after a sixth scheduled race, the $75,000 Rapid Transit - which drew only five pre-entrants - failed to attract enough entries to make it onto Saturday’s program.

The Claiming Crown races are scattered across a 13-race program at Fair Grounds, which is hosting the event for the first time. Race 4, the Iron Horse, drew seven entrants, while race 5, the Express, has nine. Race 7, the Glass Slipper, also has nine entrants but includes a three-horse coupling. Race 8, the $100,000 Emerald, has an eight-horse field, while the $150,000 Jewel drew six entrants but only five betting interests, with El Muhtasib and Isthmus coupled in the wagering.