Why this makes sense: Purses in Florida are very strong and set to increase. Gulfstream Park runs 10+ races per day and races year round. There are no shortage of races and horses. Steve Klesaris is an expert horseman and knows the claiming game as good as anyone on the backstretch. He’s a second generation lifelong horseman and he knows the claiming game inside out. The primary goal of any claiming partnership is to turn a profit and Steve fully understands this. Steve believes in his skills so much that he's frequently eager to partner with us.
Vastly different from a yearling or 2-year-old partnership where we acquire a young unproven horse and then develop it, the claiming partnership is for those that have an interest in instant immediate action. A claimed horse can be running back as quickly as a few weeks for the new partners.
We consulted with our #1 trainer, Steve Klesaris. Steve is fairly active in the claiming game and he frequently claims horses for himself. We’ve known him for 20 years and he has partnered with us on many horses over the years. He personally likes to claim around the $10,000 to $20,000 level in Florida but he's not adverse to claiming all the way up to $62,500 for the right horse. If one can be improved, especially a claimer into an Allowance horse, the purses can be over $52,000.
In claiming races the racetrack requires that the cash be in the bookkeeper's account BEFORE the claim slip can be dropped. As such we are required to raise the capital in advance of the claim.
How it works: Hibiscus Stables assembles the claiming partnership. When the partnership fills we notify the trainer. He and Hibiscus Stables scour the entries each day looking for ideal claiming candidates. We drop a claim ticket only on horses that we believe are the best candidates. Upon successful claims we run the horse back in future races with an eye toward purse generation. Partners are kept updated every step of the way.