claiming race


: a horse race in which each entry is offered for sale for a specified price that must be deposited before the race

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Hours before the Run for the Roses, Creative Minister won an allowance optional claiming race with a good stretch showing despite carrying the most weight in the field. Mark Inabinett |, al, 11 June 2022 On Saturday, Baffert won a $16,000 claiming race with 3-year-old colt Sumo. Fox News, 25 July 2022 Howling Time won an allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs by 5 lengths on May 21 for his first victory since opening his career with back-to-back wins at the track on Sept. 25 and Oct. 31. Mark Inabinett |, al, 6 June 2022 The colt’s two victories came at Gulfstream Park – by 10.5 lengths in a maiden special weight race on Sept. 26 and by 3.75 lengths in an allowance optional claiming race on March 2. Mark Inabinett |, al, 11 June 2022 Not bad for a horse that entered the Derby field the day before when Ethereal Road scratched — and was claimed by owner Rick Dawson of RED TR-Racing after a $30,000 maiden-claiming race at Churchill Downs. Brooks Holton, The Courier-Journal, 9 May 2022 He was bought for $30,000 out of a claiming race by an owner who had only one horse in training: Rich Strike. New York Times, 11 June 2022 Adam Beschizza had ridden Rich Strike in his only previous victory, a maiden claiming race last September at Churchill Downs. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2022 Rich Strike was bought out of a maiden claiming race for $30,000 on Sept. 17 after winning his second start. John Cherwaspecial Contributor, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of claiming race was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Claiming race.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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