VA-BRED CENTRIQUE WINS GLASS SLIPPER STAKES

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CENTRIQUE (Adam Colgianese Photo)

Miller Racing LLC’s Virginia-bred Centrique came from just off the pace to take control midstretch and win the $110,000 Glass Slipper Stake on yesterday’s Claiming Crown card at Gulfstream Park. New York-based Javier Castellano had the winning ride for trainer Marty Wolfson.

It was the third win the 2013 for the Malibu Moon filly, out of the Sky Classic mare Penny Marie. The late Joe Allbritton’s Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. bred the four-year-old mare and sold her for $60,000 at Keeneland September in 2010.

Based at Calder Racecourse, Centrique was third in three stakes – the Bold World Handicap, the Nancy’s Glitter Handicap and the Musical Romance Stakes –  at the south Florida track and won an optional claiming race two starts back.  She has won nine races from 29 starts with earnings of $323,180.  Prior to relocating to Calder, she was fourth in the Ruffian Handicap Gr.2 at Aqueduct.

The Glass Slipper was open to fillies or mares which had started for a claiming price of $16,000 or less since January 1, 2012.

The seven furlong stakes was part of  Claiming Crown, a partnership between the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. The Claiming Crown was envisioned to be the claiming horse owner’s Breeders’ Cup; a special racing event, created for the sometime-forgotten “average owner,” and featuring some of the most competitive horses in the country.

Every horse owner, regardless of the level at which their stable competes, has an equal chance to participate, as the Claiming Crown is open to all claiming horses irrespective of where they were foaled or race.

The Claiming Crown, which consists of eight races worth $1 million in purses, has been held annually since 1999 and has become the highlight on the racing calendar for horses which have started for claiming tags between $7,500 and $35,000.

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