Calypsonoted ready to go for Oregon Championship Day
Patience can be a tough thing in horse racing. Whether it’s a rider waiting to make his move, or a bettor waiting for the right race to play, having patience can often pay off. For trainer Eric Jensen, his three year-old star filly Calypsonoted has tested his patience. For last year’s top two year-old at Portland Meadows, finding a race for her age level and ability has been a difficult proposition.
“It’s just been a really tough time trying to find races for her,” said Jensen. “There weren’t really any races written and they probably wouldn’t have gone anyways. When you have a horse this good, it can be tough to find a good spot for her. So I had to be patient, but at some point, you have to run the horse.”
Jensen will get a spot for her on Oregon Championship Day coming up on Sunday November 17th. She’s entered in both the $15,000 Oregon Hers Stakes for three year-old fillies at a mile and the $15,000 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship at six furlongs for older runners. Normally you don’t see a three year-old filly nominated to a race against older male runners, but Calypsonoted has proven she can contend with the older boys, as she’s faced them in both her starts this season.
“We turned her out after last season and we didn’t have as much time to train on the track before the season started this year,” said Jensen. “So she was a little late in getting ready to run. And I needed to get her some racing before Oregon Championship Day, so I had to run her against the boys. People might think I’m crazy for doing that, but I really had no other choice if I wanted to run her.”
After an undefeated two year-old season in 2012 that included wins in the $15,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes and the $25,000 Don Jackson Futurity, Calypsonoted was turned out at the farm of trainer Bob Beckner and his wife Teri in Albany, Oregon.
“She came back to the track a lot bigger and a lot stronger this year,” said Jensen. “She’s been training real forward this year.”
Needing to get some racing into her, Jensen entered Calypsonoted in an $8,500 allowance event for open runners on September 29th. Calysponoted was 9/2 on the tote board and was close early on, finishing a good second to Enterprise Zone and beating Middas Gold Touch, who was last year’s Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Champion. Calypsonoted came back again on November 3rd, again against the older boys in a $9,000 allowance for state-bred runners, and took the lead late before being caught by Middas Gold Touch in the final yards.
Jensen says he’s definitely wanting to run in the Oregon Hers, but the race only got six nominations. So if the race doesn’t fill when entries are taken on Tuesday November 12th, he’ll go into the Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship. After that he says she’ll probably run in the $15,000 Stallion Stakes on December 8th, and then will be sent to California to be bred.
“I want to breed her somewhat early so she can have a January foal next year,” said Jensen. “We’re probably going to breed her to Square Eddie down at Vessels Farms in California. He was a Grade 1 winner and was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.”
Calypsonoted will running on Oregon Championship Day at Portland Meadows which will take place on Sunday November 17th. First post time is 12pm (Pacific).