Our first horse we claimed was Marion's Man. We claimed him on August 10, 2005 in a $25,000 claiming race where he finished an extremely game 2nd - just a length off the lead.
He (at the time of the claim) is a 5 year old Illinois bred gelding who has raced primarily in Illinois. Sister Jean and I were at the track for the race and were ecstatic when we got him.
We had tried to claim him twice earlier in the year but had come away empty as others had won the 'Shake' lotteries used to determined who gets the horse when multiple claims are entered.