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Trainer Derek Ryan made one of the best claims in racing history last fall at Philadelphia Park. Unfortunately for him, he had no way of knowing it at the time.

Updated: June 11, 2004, 2:58 PM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

Trainer Derek Ryan made one of the best claims in racing history when plunking down $5,000 on behalf of Bella Brook Stable last fall at Philadelphia Park for a 3-year-old filly named Be Happy My Love. Unfortunately for him, he had no way of knowing it at the time.

Be Happy My Love, who is by Formal Gold, never could run very fast. One start after the claim, she was beaten 34 lengths in a $6,250 claimer at Philly Nov. 15 and was promptly retired due to a broken sesamoid. Ryan struggled ...

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