On the morning of May 21, Jan Klein was sitting in a suite at Gulfstream Park. A regular at the South Florida racetrack, she settled in to watch the first from Pimlico on Preakness day.
Six months earlier, Klein had claimed her first racehorse. She’d grown up riding and showing horses, and she’s long traveled to Saratoga in the summer, but in her mid-70s, she’d never owned a racehorse. That changed last December.
“I was watching TVG—I watch pretty regularly—and Homeboykris was running at Laurel in a $5,000 claimer. I’d seen him run a few times,” she said this week, speaking by phone as she drove to her office, “and one of the announcers said, ‘Somebody should give him a good home. He’s made a lot of money for people.’
“That touched me,” she said, “and I said to myself, ‘No one is ever going to run him in a claimer ever again.’”
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