California Invaders top field of eight in the 47th running of the Portland Mile
The 47th running of the $35,000 Portland Mile will headline a stakes-filled card on Labor Day, Monday September 3rd at Portland Meadows. The Portland Mile is Portland Meadows Signature Event and has drawn a field of eight runners including morning line favorite When We Met and 2011 Portland Mile winner Deacon Speakin’, both of whom are shipping up from Northern California. When We Met has kept some very good company over the last couple seasons, and won three starts back at Golden Gate Fields for an Allowance/Optional Claiming event with a $62,500 tag. Felimon Alvarado will have the horse in his barn for the Portland Mile and When We Met will be ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, who has been the horses regular rider for the last few seasons. When We Met finished sixth last time out in the $50,000 JT Grace Handicap at Santa Rosa over the turf last time, and was only beaten by two and three quarter lengths that day.
Deacon Speakin’ will be returning to Portland Meadows to defend his crown, as he took the 2011 edition of the Portland Mile back on March 23, 2011, turning in a huge performance underneath jockey Juan Gutierrez. Steve Fisher will have the horse in his barn for owner Paul Hagemann and Deacon Speakin’ will be ridden by jockey Luis Torres, who is the current leading rider at the stand. Deacon’ Speakin has only won one of his last eighteen starts since taking the Portland Mile, but he has continued to race against very solid company in Northern California. He was third in an open $25,000 claimer over the Golden Gate Fields turf course just last week.
Shamundi will head up the local contingent as he took the Inaugural Handicap back on opening day. He came back to run fifth in a $17,500 claiming event at Emerald Downs last time out, but was only beaten a length and three quarters for all the money. Debbie Hoonan will take over the mount for trainer Ben Root and owner Cookie Root.
Former Portland Meadows riding kingpin Joe Crispin will return to Portland Meadows to ride Lesson in Deceit for trainer Ron Stevens who ships in from Boise. Crispin guided this horse to a five and one quarter length win in their last start, which was an allowance optional claimer at Les Bois. Eliska Kubinova will come down to ride Memo To Mya who dominated a pair of Idaho bred stakes races in her last couple of starts and he is a perfect two for two at the mile distance.
See Ya Later Slew, Codys a Bobcat and Dare Me Devil will complete the field for the 47th running of the $35,000 Portland Mile, which will go to post at 5:21pm (Pacific) on Monday September 3rd. It is the 10th and final race on the card.
The Portland Mile Day undercard features five additional stakes, all carrying a $10,000 purse. The Tom Two Invitational is for three year old colts and geldings and will be race 9. The Ex Mountain Cop will be a stakes event for two year olds at six furlongs and will be run as race 7. Race 6 will be the Silver Patrona Invitational which caters to older fillies and mares at a mile distance. The Jimbos Fire Ant Invitational will feature five three year old fillies going a mile as race 5, while the Catalina Harbor Invitational will go off as race 4 for the two year old fillies.
Post time for Labor Day racing on Monday September 3rd is 1:00pm (Pacific).