Feature: Tag on, drop in, shake out … The Oaklawn Claiming Game
J.N. Campbell examines Oaklawn Park's "Claiming Game" in this long-form piece ... Pictured above, 1983 Condition Book from the track in Hot Springs. (Image: courtesy of Ron Moquett)
"Come'on 7" ... Racing Office Manager Carmen Bish (left) and the Team ready themselves for action. Oaklawn has regularly produced 10-way shakes or more since the Meet opened back in early December.
The "Yellow Line" in the Oaklawn Racing Office keeps everyone back from "The Shake." All the stables assemble right after each claiming race to view the results ... and maybe, "claim" their prize.
Oaklawn Claim Forms go inside this envelope, and must be dropped in the "Box" 15 minutes before each race goes off.
The 501 ... Jeff Johnson watches a race at his beloved Oaklawn on Saturday. Along with his friend, Mike Carter, the "Boys" had an amazing 2021, with nearly $200,000 in purse earnings for the small outfit.
The Oaklawn "Shake" ... how the game is played. Each trainer's stable gets only one red marble for a horse per race. The shaker then produces a "winner." A representative from the barn must be present when this process takes place.