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Maryland Considers Changing Claiming Rules
In the US, members of the Maryland racing industry "have begun crafting amendments to claiming rules (which stand a strong chance of passing at the next meeting of the Maryland Racing Commission) amid concerns about the consolidation of power among a handful of trainers & owners at the claiming box, along with the well-being of possibly infirm race horses," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Maryland Racing Commission stewards John Burke, Bill Passmore & Phil Grove said "trainers representing several different owners take unfair advantage at the claiming box, putting in multiple slips for the same horse, decreasing the odds of a smaller outfit coming away a winner in the 'shake'. Some trainers now can put in several claims for a horse & other outfits can only put in one: they're making a mockery out of the claiming rules here." Proposed amendments "would prevent a trainer, acting as an agent, from submitting more than one claim per claiming race. Owner Robert Cole's name "came up several times" after the stewards pronouncement: Cole "races horses at tracks throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with trainers Scott Lake, Howard Wolfendale, Stephanie Beattie & John Riggatieri".