Updated on 09/17/2011 9:13PM

Elordi wins claimer in 16-way shake

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Castledale tries turf again in the Grade 2 San Francisco BC Mile.

SAN MATEO, Calif. - How lucky is trainer Donna Elordi?

On Sunday, she won a 16-way shake for the 5-year-old mare Royal Kleven at Bay Meadows, taking the mare for herself. The 16 potential buyers Royal Kleven attracted is believed to be the most ever for a horse in a claiming race in northern California.

"I never win, even in a two-way shake," Elordi said. "I still can't believe I won.

"All the claiming trainers were there: Art Sherman, Jerry Hollendorfer, Billy Morey. Hopefully, they were all right about her."

When more than one person submits a claim for a horse, the buyer is determined by a drawing using numbered pills, each one representing a potential buyer. Clerk of scales Paul Nicolo said he used all 16 of his pills.

"The winning pill was No. 16," he said. "I'm not sure what we would have done if there had been 17 claims. The biggest shake I can recall up here was 11 for O.K. Mikie."

Elordi hopes Royal Kleven turns out to be as successful a claim as O.K. Mikie, who went on to become a stakes winner.

Elordi said her assistant, Mike Freeman, represented her at the shake, and she called him "Lucky Mike."

She said most of the trainers she outshook complimented her on her luck.

"Andy Mathis" - the original trainer of Royal Kleven - "offered to take me to Vegas," Elordi said.

Since winning an $8,000 maiden claiming race in her debut, Royal Kleven has been a useful runner. She had won 3 of 6 starts and had a second and third when she was entered in a . She went off a 7-5 favorite in what was her first start for trainer Sergio Ledezma, who had claimed her for $10,000 from a win at Santa Anita on April 1 - winning a two-way shake with Mathis.

She closed hard but lost by a neck to speedster Kind Lena, the second-choice in the field of eight on Sunday. No other runners in the race were claimed.

Castledale in San Francisco BC Mile

At least seven runners are expected to run in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile, according to racing secretary Tom Doutrich.

The highest-graded race in northern California, the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile last year was won by Singletary, who went on to win the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Castledale, who won the Grade 3 Generous on the turf as a 2-year-old and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby last year at 3, is expected to run in this year's San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile. He lost by a head in his return to the turf in an optional claimer in his last start.

Both Adreamisborn and Night Bokbel, one-two in the Grade 3 Stanford Breeders' Cup Handicap, are expected back, as is Adreamisborn's stablemate Gold Ruckus, who was fourth in the Stanford.

Carr back from Texas - already!

Dennis Carr, who left for Texas two weeks ago with plans to ride at Lone Star Park, returned before the Lone Star meet even began.

"I just wasn't comfortable in the area," he said. "The people I met were nice, but I would have been doing them an injustice riding when I wasn't really comfortable."

Carr, represented by agent Fordell Fierce, picked up two mounts Friday night and scored a $21.20 victory aboard Pleasure Fair in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race Sunday.

* Swiss Steak, who exploded for a five-length victory in his March 31 comeback, will have to be caught in a $40,000 starter allowance for 3-year-olds at six furlongs on Thursday. Swiss Steak's main opponents are Zulu Dancer, a runner-up in two starts at this level, and Sharpnel, claimed for $32,000 in a winning debut.