27 horses entered for Leg 1 of the Route Claiming Series on Wednesday Feb. 1

27 horses entered for Leg 1 of the Route Claiming Series on Wednesday Feb. 1

The entry-box was flooded on Sunday afternoon as 27 horses have been entered in Leg 1 of the Route Claiming Series that kicks off on Wednesday February 1st at Portland Meadows.  The races were carded in three divisions, covering races 7, 8, and 9 on Wednesday and are all $2,500 claiming events one mile and seventy yards.  The second leg of the series will be contested on Monday February 20th, which is a $4,000 Claiming event with a $5,000 purse at a mile and one eighth.  The finals will be on held on closing day, Wednesday March 14th, which will be a one mile and one quarter event with a $25,000 purse.  Horses must compete in both the first two legs of the series to advance to the finals, with a point system being used to determine which 12 horses will get into the final field. 

The point system for the first two legs:
1st Place---5 points
2nd Place---4 points
3rd Place---3 points
4th Place---2 points
5th Place--- 1 point

The first of the three divisions features a field of nine including West Seattle Boy, Taking Liberties and Golden Gate Fields shipper Shadarockem.  West Seattle Boy is one of the most popular horses in the Northwest as the 13 year old will be making his 109th career start and will be ridden by Joe Crispin.  Taking Liberties won Leg 2 of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series in November but finished a disappointing 8th in the finals.  Javier Matias will be back on board on Wednesday.  Shadarockem ships north from Golden Gate Fields for trainer Jonathan Nance.  He hasn’t won a race in a long time, but has competing against solid runners at Golden Gate Fields in some tough claiming events.

Division 2 of Leg 1 will be race number 8 and has also drawn a field of 9 runners.  Castle Pines comes off a big win going wire to wire last out.  Capella Etoile should be closing late for trainer Jim Fergason.  Turntable Bay has won two in a row for owner/trainer Howard Belvoir who has tabbed leading jockey Javier Matias to ride.

Meshuguna headlines the 3rd and final division which will be race 9.  Meshuguna won an open $3,200 claimer going a mile and ran third against open $4,000 runners last time out.  Catanita has won two straight for trainer Steve Fisher, while Simperio showed a big turn of foot last time closing in to win just last week. 

An interesting part of the Claiming Series is that in the first two legs, all runners are up for the claiming prices.  So there should be lots of action at the claiming box as trainers and owners might try to claim runners in the first or second leg, so that they have them in the 3rd leg when they are running for a $25,000 purse.  There were over 30 claims entered in the Sprint Claiming Series first two legs in November.

The Route Claiming Series gets underway on Wednesday February 1st with races 7, 8, and 9.  Post time for the 7th is 2:46pm (Pacific).

Here are the fields for the Route Claiming Series Leg 1:

Race 7—(Post Position, Horse, Rider)
1.  Stellar Blue, Lance Bullock
2.  Mamoonya, Jorge Rosales
3. Loose Tappets, Jose Zunino
4. West Seattle Boy, Joe Crispin
5. Taking Liberties, Javier Matias
6. Swiss Exploit, Debbie Hoonan
7. Outside Shot, Luis Torres
8. Canvasback Cove, Ruben Camacho
9. Shadarockem, Eliska Kubinova

Race 8---(Post Position, Horse, Rider)
1.  Castle Pines, Eliska Kubinova
2. Capella Etoile, Mark Anderson
3. Carlsbad Lagoon, Debbie Hoonan
4. Robs Hero, Ruben Camacho
5. Mikalouie, Jorge Rosales
6. EZinmotion, Luis Torres
7. Turntable Bay, Javier Matias
8. I Am the Jazzman, Jose Zunino
9. Tribute to Sissy, Lance Bullock

Race 9---(Post Position, Horse, Rider)
1. Saratoga’s Magic, Ruben Camacho
2. Catanita, Eliska Kubinova
3. Meshuguna, Javier Matias
4. Doctor Pav, Joe Crispin
5. Delavega, Jose Zunino
6. Simperio, Mark Anderson
7. Little Mordi, Luis Gonzalez
8. Watch Your Money, Debbie Hoonan
9. General Joe, Jorge Rosales