Claiming horses fill the vast majority of race cards every day, but these hard-workers rarely receive recognition so the Texas Thoroughbred Association created the Texas Champion Claimer Award. The winning horse and his or her connections will be recognized alongside the other 2017 Texas Champions at the TTA Awards Luncheon at Lone Star Park this summer.
The Texas Champion Claimer Award is for Texas-breds who won at least three claiming races at Texas racetracks and earned at least $30,000 in total for 2017. (Starter allowance, starter handicap and optional claiming races in which the horse was not entered for a claiming price are not considered.) Horses are not selected or nominated to be included in the voting; any horse who meets the criteria above is included.
The winner of the Texas Champion Claimer Award will be determined by online voting. Only one vote will be counted per person and automated attempts to vote or duplicate votes will be disallowed. Voting closes on Friday, February 23, at 5 p.m. Central.
Below are the candidates for this year’s award. You may click on each horse’s name for a full profile and race record from Equibase. Below the five candidates is the voting form.
Intimidator – Kendras Jones, by Seneca Jones
2017 Record: 16-4-2-1, $32,566
Owner (as of Dec. 31): Henry S. Witt Jr.
Trainer (as of Dec. 31): Jerry Gourneau
Breeder: Keith Asmussen
FRED’S LUCKY BOY
Wimbledon – Dancin’ Daphne, by Sword Dance (IRE)
2017 Record: 14-4-1-3, $45,467
Owner (as of Dec. 31): End Zone Athletics Inc.
Trainer (as of Dec. 31): Karl Broberg
Breeder: E. Fred Currie
Sing Baby Sing – Shaved Ice, by Lit de Justice
2017 Record: 10-5-2-2, $86,512
Owner (as of Dec. 31): N 2 Win Racing
Trainer (as of Dec. 31): Bret Calhoun
Breeder: Tom Durant
Catienus – Cantrell Road, by Atticus
Owner (as of Dec. 31): Mark Hibdon
Trainer (as of Dec. 31): Ronnie Hibdon
2017 Record: 25-8-7-3, $44,506
Breeder: Heartlines Horse Ranch LP