When handicapping Breeders' Cup races, we tend to look unkindly on entrants who have been claimed once, much less multiple times. Our thinking is, any connections that expose a horse in a claiming race must not have the Cup on their horizon.
Yet Al's Gal (15-1) is in the Filly & Mare Turf mix after switching barns three times. The most recent claim for the 5-year-old was for $35,000 in February 2015 by sharp owner Ken Ramsey.
Mike Maker has trained Al's Gal for most of her 26-race career. She has been stellar for six races, winning half of them and placing as runner-up in the rest.