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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.
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.