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Cantchaco pulls off a 32/1 shocker in the Bill Wineberg Stakes

Cantchaco pulls off a 32/1 shocker in the Bill Wineberg Stakes

Cantchaco took command early on and never looked back as he made his career debut a winning one by taking home the $15,000 Bill Wineberg Stakes at Portland Meadows on Saturday afternoon. Sent off at odds of 32/1, Cantchaco ($67.40) was sent right to the lead under jockey Marijo Terleski as they took over within the first furlong from the heavy favorite Captainnotsosober who broke sharpest in the field of nine. After navigating the opening quarter in 22.57 seconds, Cantchaco opened up on the turn but Captainnotsosober came right back, drawing to within at neck at one point, but Cantchaco dug in and never looked back, holding on over Captainnotsosober to win by half a length in the end. It was four lengths back to Van Glorious who finished third.

“It was a super clean trip,” said winning jockey Marijo Terleski. “He broke a little tardy and he’s scared of other horses, so when the rail opened up he flew up and we slowed them down. He’s so professional and we had a great trip. He saw Captainnotsosober and as soon as I switched sticks he took off once he saw that other horse.”

Cantchaco was bred by his owners Larry and Gay Welliver in Oregon and Carol Duby was the winning trainer. Cantchaco racked up $8,250 in earnings for the win.

“That was a nice win wasn’t it,” said owner/breeder Gay Welliver who bred the horse along with her husband. “In the 35 years I’ve been married to my husband this is the first time he didn’t bet on a first time starter cause he didn’t want to jinx it. We knew we were up against some tough horses but he really showed how game he is. Kudos to my trainer Carol Duby for keeping this horse together.”

The final time for the 1:12.54 seconds for the six furlongs.