DateMon, Jun 19, 2017
With the cost of resting a thoroughbred racehorse ever escalating, "waiver claiming," a measure new to Mountaineer, has been adopted. Under the owner-friendly regulation, any runner unstarted for at least six months can be entered without risk of claim in any sellng race pegged at the same tag or higher than that for which the animal last started. This option applies only to the horse's initial start off-the-bench and, if exercised, does result in the entire contest being categorized by DRF as a waiver claimer.
Futhermore, for purposes of weight and eligibility, any win by a "protected" horse shall be considered a claiming win at the highest price-level offered in the race-heading. No horse starting not-to-be-claimed can aquire starter/alw eligibility by virtue of said start.
Beyond such technical minutiae, this new regulation should present horseplayers with fresh insight to the trainer's mindset. Contrast, for instance, the performances of two Edward Clouston-trained horses, Dragon Attack and Sky Fortune, each an exceptional runner recently returned from an absence exceeding six months. Dragon Attack, entered not to be claimed, would prevail (somewhat handily), while Sky Fortune, a Finger Lakes phenom boasting withering speed and an impressive 8 for 19 win mark, went postward unprotected and finished "up the track" at extremely short odds.