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 2018 Texas Champions at the TTA Awards Dinner on March 23 at Sam Houston Race Park.
The Texas Champion Claimer Award is for Texas-breds who won at least three claiming races at Texas racetracks and earned at least $25,000 in total for 2018. (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.
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Below are the candidates for this year’s award in alphabetical order. You may click on each horse’s name for a full profile and race record from Equibase.
FRED’S LUCKY BOY
WIMBLEDON – DANCIN’ DAPHNE, BY SWORD DANCE (IRE)
2018 Record: 11-4-1-1, $48,310
Owners in 2018: End Zone Athletics Inc., Lone Star Park Racing Club, Madelon L. Bradshaw
Trainers in 2018: Karl Broberg, J.R. Caldwell, Steve Roubion
Breeder: E. Fred Currie
JIM’S PROUD GIRL
FEARLESS EAGLE – BUMFOOJALUM, BY GRINDSTONE
2018 Record: 11-3-2-3, $27,963
Owner in 2018: Jaime Castellanos
Trainer in 2018: Jaime Castellanos
Breeder: Jaime Castellanos
TURN UP THE LIGHTS
TOUCH TONE – THUNDERFORAFANTASY, BY THUNDER GULCH
2018 Record: 13-4-4-4, $31,373
Owners in 2018: Alvin Wong, M and M Racing (Mike Sisk)
Trainers in 2018: Larry Stroope, Karl Broberg
Breeder: Tom Durant