Coach Mertkan Kantarmaci continued his domination of NYRA’s “Below 20s Claiming Problem” with one other title for the concluded winter/spring meet at Aqueduct Racetrack, marking the fourth consecutive time he has completed atop the leaderboard.
The “Below 20s Claiming Problem,” launched in 2018, is open to native trainers with 20 or fewer horses nationwide. Essentially the most lately accomplished problem launched on December 10, Opening Day of the 56-day winter meet, and ran via the 11-day Large A spring meet that concluded April 18.
Kantarmaci topped the standings, racking up 133 factors within the distinctive contest that highlighted horses’ performances in winners’ claiming races on the primary observe. Randi Persaud was second with 83 factors, with Edward Barker  and A.C. Avila  rounding out the quartet who cracked the 60-point threshold.
The highest-eight trainers within the contest shared a prize pool of $80,000, with Kantarmaci incomes the first-place prize of $16,000.
The outright win for Kantarmaci adopted a 2020 by which he tied Barker for the title through the Large A’s winter meet. The Turkish-born conditioner was additionally the stand-alone problem winner for the 2018-19 winter meet and the 2019 Belmont Park spring/summer season meet.
“It is an amazing feeling and to get a title like this racing in New York, I am actually delighted with that,” Kantarmaci mentioned. “It reveals we are able to have constant success with the claiming horses, and most of them have improved from after they have been claimed, and a few of them have gone on to allowance races. I could not get factors with these, however in fact, I made cash with them by shifting them up.”
When the winter and spring meets are factored in, Kantarmaci compiled a 10-12-9 report with 74 starters, ending within the cash 41.89 % of the time and profitable at a 13.51 % clip, along with his horses incomes $600,617.
“I feel I am top-of-the-line claiming trainers in New York proper now,” Kantarmaci mentioned. “I’ve gained a couple of at Aqueduct and one Belmont. So, it reveals we are able to do nicely at Belmont and at Aqueduct, which has a protracted winter meet. There aren’t many younger trainers in New York; only a few. It is exhausting to win that a lot with simply claiming horses. Nevertheless it’s gotten folks’s consideration and a few house owners have requested us if we’re accessible to coach their horses, so a claiming title like this in New York has been actually useful.”
Amongst Kantarmaci’s highlights for the concluded Large A stint was the Chilean-bred Mi Tres Por Ciento in an $84,000 allowance non-obligatory claimer title on December 19 and an allowance non-obligatory claimer price $84,000 on February 13. Reed Kan additionally gained two of his 4 begins through the Claiming Championship interval, whereas Mud Satan gained a claiming title on January 18 and added one other victory in a starter allowance race on April 1.
Trying to parlay that success to the present meet, Kantarmaci has two runners entered for Sunday’s program, with Castagno entered for Race 4, a $55,000 claiming contest, and Entrance Man entered in a $55,000 starter allowance in Race 6.
Total, Kantarmaci mentioned he has 19 horses in his barn at Belmont and praised NYRA for persevering with to sponsor the Claiming Problem Collection.
“We’re actually completely happy and grateful for the alternatives it provides to claiming trainers,” Kantarmaci mentioned. “Perhaps in the future, I am going to have high-class stakes horses and perhaps some others could have the chance to make the most of this claiming problem as nicely.”
The Below 20s Claiming Problem continues into the present spring/summer season meet at Belmont Park, which began April 22 and runs via Closing Day of the 48-day meet on Sunday, July 11. This contest encompasses each primary observe and turf contests.
To retain eligibility, there could be not more than 20 horses on a coach’s roster at any given time, though a coach’s steady could develop above 20 horses via claiming exercise. However solely roster horses can earn factors. A coach could change a claimed horse who was on their roster with one other claimed horse. After a horse is claimed, it is going to be added to the coach’s roster solely on the coach’s request.
Horses in for a tag in an allowance non-obligatory claiming race will qualify for contest factors. Factors will not be earned in maiden, allowance, starter allowance or stakes races.
A horse that finally ends up on the stewards’ listing for poor efficiency [defeated 25 or more lengths] is not going to earn the coach factors for that race. Horses which can be operating for 50 % or much less of the claiming value from their most up-to-date begin will solely be eligible to earn 50 % of the everyday factors for that race.
As well as, horses can solely earn contest factors for 2 races inside a given 30-day time interval. A horse could enter in further races throughout that timeframe however is not going to earn contest factors for these further races.
For extra data, please contact the racing workplace at 718-659-4241.
Contest Level Construction:
Dust Races – All claiming races for winners, together with horses in for an non-obligatory tag:
1st Place – 6 factors
2nd Place – 5 factors
third Place – 4 factors
4th Place – 3 factors
fifth Place – 2 factors
Turf Races- All claiming races for winners, together with horses in for an non-obligatory tag
1st Place – 5 factors
2nd Place – 4 factors
third Place – 3 factors
4th Place – 2 factors
fifth Place – 1 level
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