10/22/2014 1:09PM

New claiming rule for layoff horses

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ELMONT, N.Y. – A new claiming rule will go into effect with the Oct. 29 beginning of the Aqueduct meeting, one designed to reward horsemen for displaying patience in bringing horses back off an extended layoff.

An owner may opt to declare a horse ineligible from being claimed provided the horse has not started for a minimum of 180 days and the horse is entered for a claiming price equal to or greater than the price at which he last started.

The owner must declare his horse ineligible to be claimed at time of entry, and the horse will be ineligible to be claimed only for the first start following the layoff.

“The purpose of the rule is to reward those people who have taken care of their horses,” said Dan Eidson, the racing secretary for the New York Racing Association. “It gives them a little incentive. It worked very well in California.”

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Vince More than 1 year ago
Amazed at the continuedignorant statements I read
Susan Bump More than 1 year ago
I believe that if you can't afford to lay a horse up when necessary you should not be training. What is best for the horses has to be the prime consideration. I am an ex trainer. I quit because I was a small barn and couldn't compete and remain humane.
John More than 1 year ago
We have had this rule in place for the last 2 years in California . Its a good idea.....its usually the 2nd start back when the trainer makes his move to hit the winners circle , though its not written in stone . If a layoff horse comes back unprotected, its play with caution !
Randal Lawton More than 1 year ago
like it,but just one,start?first start,usually,hard to play,cause they need,least another,one.for the,betting patrons too see,its performance.i would think 2/3 starts,actually;lest you've been getting him ready on the back 40 acres.other trainers,will know how well its comeing back.just saying
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Great news. As a former owner, I applaud this new rule. Most fans are not aware of the expense involved in thoroughbred ownership, for any race horse,be it claiming, allowance, or stakes competition. You always try to do what is best for the horse, regardless of the cost, and to lose your horse in his/her first race back is devastating. This rule should be mandatory at all facilities. Good stuff.
Aldana Gonzalez More than 1 year ago
We have that in Delaware, its call " waiver claiming" I think is great!
J Vette More than 1 year ago
It's an excellent new rule for N.Y., EVERY state should follow. It's great in Calif., serves the purpose, BRAVO N.Y.
Larry Kelly More than 1 year ago
Why change the game. .maybe they should just change the players. ..This sounds totally unfair to the other runners. The claim is what equals the race.....
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
very good point.
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
How is it unfair when the horse has to be entered in a claiming race at the same or higher price from its last start ? It would be unfair if you could drop them and still be protected.
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Larry. If you were an owner and had the expense of putting a horse away for medical reasons, you probably would have a different opinion. The cost is very high, and to lose the horse in their first race is not a happy outcome. Been dere and done dat. The rule is a god send to most owners.
Susan Bump More than 1 year ago
Since the horse must run for equal or greater than the price he was claimed for, it is still a fair race. Without this part of the rule it would be unfair.
Walt Gekko More than 1 year ago
This is no different than what is already being done on a number of other circuits, known as "Waiver Claiming." It can only be done once and should be the same in New York as elsewhere where this is allowed.