August 12, 2011 — Lexington, KY — The Friday, August 26 deadline for regular ($100) and open ($250) nominations to the 2011 running of the $500,000 Claiming Crown is approaching quickly. Additionally, TwinSpires.com will be hosting a handicapping contest in conjunction with the 13th renewal of the Claiming Crown, which will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans.
Two spots in the $2 million (estimated) Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) will be up for grabs in the TwinSpires.com Claiming Crown handicapping contest. Additional details on this exciting contest will be announced soon.
After August 21, the cost to nominate a horse to the 2011 Claiming Crown will increase to $500, and the deadline to submit nominations at the $500 cost is Friday, October 21. Nominators must also identify the horse(s) they made eligible through any open nominations by Friday, October 21.
With an open ($250) nomination, the nominating owner or his authorized agent need not identify either a specific horse for nomination or the intended Claiming Crown race at the time of nomination. The nominating owner or his authorized agent must identify the nominated horse no later than 12:00 midnight EDT on Friday, October 21, 2011. Open nominations for which no horse has been identified by 12:00 midnight EDT on Friday, October 21, 2011 are invalid.
Supplemental nominations (five percent of the race’s purse) will be accepted through Friday, November 18, 2011.
The nomination schedule and forms for the 2011 running of the $500,000 Claiming Crown are available on the Claiming Crown website at www.claimingcrown.com.
For more information, contact Jason Boulet, Racing Secretary, Fair Grounds Race Course at (504) 948-1246 or Jason.Boulet@fgno.com.