A claiming race is a type of horse race, in which the horses running in the race are all for sale.

The purpose is to make races more competitive by matching horses of equal value.

Thousands of horses are claimed each year.

Claiming races are the most common horse races at most horseracing tracks.

Claims must be in writing

sealed in an envelope and deposited in a locked box provided by the racing secretary, at least 10 minutes before post time.  Each person making a claim must deposit the entire amount of the application with the racing secretary.  Once a claim is submitted, it is irrevocable.

The owner of the horse at the start of the race is paid the winnings,