08/06/2013 1:35PM

Dick Jerardi: Kreiser on track for career year


Tim Kreiser passed 1,000 winners earlier this year. By the end of 2013, the Penn National-based trainer is a lock to have his first triple-digit win season. He has always been a high-percentage trainer, but is hovering around 30 percent in 2013.

“A couple good claims, that’s about the only difference,’’ Kreiser said.

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Back in November 2012, Kreiser claimed 3-year-old filly She’s Ordained for $7,500. All she has done since then is win seven times in 10 starts, with two seconds, a third, and earnings of $156,970. She was a strong second in the Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park on the Haskell undercard.

“Obviously, we didn’t think we were getting anything like she turned out to be,” Kreiser said, noting that he will claim horses who have the first-level allowance eligibility and try to win at that level.

She’s Ordained won that condition and a whole bunch of starter allowances as well.

“When we get one to go,” Kreiser said of the starters, “almost anyone, if they know she’s in, they don’t go in.”

She did not win the Regret, but she ran a winning race.

“I didn’t expect to have six horses within a length going [faster than 22 seconds],” Kreiser said. “The track was kind of dull. I really didn’t see all that speed in the race, and then all of a sudden everybody wanted to go.’’

She’s Ordained ran the other speed out of the race and split two closers. And she is not the first really good Kreiser claim.

“I’ve claimed a lot of nice horses lately,” he said.

They would include King Henry, Blue Mountain Cat, and Tomorrow’s Tale.

Kreiser claimed King Henry for $15,000 on Jan. 26. He has won five times since then, including a division of the June 1 Penn Dash.

He claimed Blue Mountain Cat for $12,500 in November 2012. The horse not only has five wins since the claim, he won the other division of the Penn Dash.

Kreiser claimed Tomorrow’s Tale for $10,000 in December 2011. The horse has 8 wins from 22 starts and earnings of more than $200,000 since the claim.

“Owners basically give me loose rein where to run them,’’ Kreiser said.

Kreiser’s all-time personal favorite is Who’s Bluffing.

He claimed the horse in August 2005 for $16,000 at what was still known then as Philadelphia Park. The horse won nine times over the next three years before getting claimed for $40,000.

Kreiser eventually claimed the horse back three more times. He lost him for good late in his 10-year-old season. Who’s Bluffing retired in 2011 with 110 starts, 21 wins, 19 seconds, 16 thirds, and earnings of $523,401.

If Kreiser runs them, they win.

“Turf season kills me,” Kreiser said. “I can’t get nothing in.’’

His only grass horse is Relay Bill. He did not claim the Pennsylvania-bred who won his maiden in May 2012. Relay Bill is pretty good on dirt and really good on grass, with a win in the Capital City Stakes at Penn a year ago.

There are more than enough dirt races for Kreiser. He is winning at a high percentage all over the Mid-Atlantic this year and, if he keeps making good claims, he will keep on winning.

Aristone on top at Parx

Trainer Phil Aristone has opened a 10-win margin over the field in the Parx Racing standings. Aristone had 52 wins at Parx after the first weekend of August and appears to have the stock to ride all the way to the 2013 finish line for the training title.

Owners win big at Charles Town/Parx

When owner Moshe Mark runs a horse at Charles Town this year, it is close to an automatic bet. He is 22 for 57 (38.6 percent).

High Point Thoroughbred Partners is doing even better in 2013 at Parx. The stable has 60 starters this year, with 27 wins, 8 seconds and 7 thirds. That computes to a cool 45 percent winners.

** Jamie Ness, with 30 winners, 21 seconds, and 15 thirds from 98 starters, wins at a high percentage wherever he trains. He is a solid 31 percent at Delaware Park.

** Arnaud Delacour does not start nearly as many horses as Ness, but is winning at an even better race. The trainer is winning with 35 percent of his starters at the meet.