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The claiming game can be tricky. Yet one of the key angles involves an owner and trainer losing a horse via claim and then reaching back in to reclaim that horse.

There are usually a couple of reasons for such a move.

One could be an emotional bond or a desire to breed the horse.

But for the most part, when horsemen decide to reconnect with a horse they lost, it’s because they know – from first-hand experience instead of guesswork – that a horse is sound and in good form.

Handicappers should take note of a message like that, and if they read the past performances thoroughly they could have cashed on Richieslildarling.

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Richieslildarling made her career debut for owner Richard Ravin and trainer/part-owner Larry Rivelli on May 3 at Arlington Park. Their homebred daughter of Bring the Heat won by 6 ½ lengths but was claimed for $15,000.

After a weak effort in an allowance race for her new connections, Richieslildarling was entered a $16,000 claimer. She ran sixth but was claimed back by Ravin.

When Rivelli entered Richieslildarling for the same claiming tag but at a longer, one-mile distance in the first race at Arlington on July 25, handicappers had their opportunity to reunite with Richieslildarling at the betting windows – which they did.

Listed at 6-1 on the morning line, Richieslildarling was bet down to the 5-2 second choice and won by 3 ½ lengths, paying $7.80 to win.

Yes, folks, you can go back home again.

THE LESSON: When an owner and trainer claim a horse they previously lost via claim, it’s usually a positive sign that there’s something to like about the horse.

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

Image Description

Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport.

Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for ESPNNewYork.com and is the co-founder of the New York Hot List handicapping service, which is offered at InterBets.com.

His NTRA.com blog received first-place honors in the 2008-09 Breeders' Cup Media Awards, winning in the initial year of competition in the Social Media category.  You can follow him on Twitter at @BobEhalt

 

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