2012 Route Claiming Series starts on February 1st, $25,000 final on March 14th
Starting February 1, 2012, Portland Meadows will kick off the 2012 Route Claiming Series for distance runners. The Route Claiming Series is a three leg event, with a final featuring a $25,000 purse on Closing Day, Wednesday March 14th. In order to qualify for the finals, horses must compete in both the first and second legs with the top 12 point earners from the first two legs qualifying for the finals.
Points are accrued based on the following scale for Leg 1 and Leg 2:
1st – 5 points; 2nd – 4 points; 3rd – 3 points; 4th – 2 points; 5th – 1 point.
Leg 1 will be a one mile race on Wednesday February 1st and will feature a $2,500 claiming price and a $4,000 purse. Leg 2 will then be conducted on Monday February 20th (Presidents’ Day) and is a $4,000 claiming event that will cover a mile and one eighth and will offer a $5,000 purse. The $25,000 Final will be run on Closing Day, Wednesday March 14th and will be run at the Classic American Distance of one mile and one quarter.
- Leg 1 – Wednesday February 1 - One mile and 70 yards
- Leg 2 – Monday February 20 (Presidents' Day) - 1 1/8 miles
- Final & Consolation(s) – Wednesday March 14, 2012 (Closing Day!) - 1 1/4 mile
This is the second Claiming Series of the season, as Colonel Courtney took home the big share of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series Finals back on December 7th. One thing we learned from the Sprint Claiming Series, is that Claiming was the key word as there were bunches of claims put in for numerous runners in both Leg 1 and Leg 2, and the action at the claiming box should be just as hot in the Route Claiming Series. The Final is a non-claiming event.