Chelsea's Flame goes all the way to win the $15,000 City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Final

Chelsea's Flame goes all the way to win the $15,000 City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Final

Chelsea’s Flame went right to the front and never looked back as she took home the top honors in the $15,000 Final of the City of Roses Filly and Mare Route Claiming Series at Portland Meadows on Wednesday. Sent off at odds of 7/1, Chelsea’s Flame ($17.00) went right to the front and didn’t get pushed at all early on, which pleased jockey Kain De la Cruz.

“I was thrilled nobody went with me early on,” said De la Cruz. “She just relaxed early on and we were galloping.”

Chelsea’s Flame kept on traveling well on the lead and opened up three length lead in mid-stretch. All The Rage and Spool Girl both burst out of the pack though and made it close, but Chelsea’s Flame found the wire in front, winning by half a length. All The Rage finished second while Spool Girl was third.

Chelsea’s Flame was sixth in the 1st Leg of the Series back on October 9th, and her owner and trainer James Young purchased her privately after that race for $500. She improved mightily in the 2nd Leg, finishing second behind Scent of Chrism.

“I didn’t know if she was going to be fit enough to get the six furlongs today,” said Young. “We tried to two minute lick her the other day and she ended up running off and basically worked a half-mile.”

Chelsea’s Flame picked up $6,000 for the win and the timing couldn’t have been better for Young.

“I don’t even have a phone right now because I couldn’t afford it,” said Young (Pictured at Right). “I guess I can pay it off now” he said with a laugh.

All twelve positions were paid out in the $15,000 Final as a reward for making it through the first two legs and into the final. All the Rage received $2,550 for finishing second, Spool Girl got $1,650 for third and Wild Chica got $1,200 for running fourth. The fifth through twelfth place finishers all got $450.