City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series gets underway with three impressive winners
Let the jockeying for positions begin, as the Inaugural City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series got underway at Portland Meadows on Wednesday Night. Three divisions competed, all at five furlongs and all for a $2,500 claiming price. The action on the track was fast and furious as was the action at the claim box. Horses have to run in both this first leg and then in the second leg on August 29th to be eligible for the $20,000 Series Final on September 19th. The horses accrue points in the first two legs, with the top 12 point earners getting a spot in the gate for the final.
In the first event, Cascadian’s Storey ($5.40) sat a perfect stalking trip under jockey Anne Sanguinetti to take home the five furlong event. Sent off as the 8/5 favorite, Cascadian’s Storey was just in behind early pace battlers Feu’s Imp and Hi Flyin Storm who went through a grueling opening quarter in 22.34 seconds. Sanguinetti guided her horse to the clear at the quarter pole and drew away in mid-stretch, holding off a late charging Fantasyville who got up for second. High Flyin Storm finished up in third with Miss Marly B. getting fourth and Feu’s Imp fading to fifth.
Cascadian’s Storey was owned by Barbara Smith who bred the horse in Oregon and Nick Lowe was the winning trainer. However Cascadian’s Storey was claimed for $2,500 in a 6 way shake by owner/trainer Shawna Whiteside, who will likely bring the horse back in two weeks for the 2nd Leg of the City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series. Hi Flyin Storm was also claimed, going to the barn of Felimon Alvarado.
In the 2nd division it was Giacomina ($2.40) who dug in to repel a stubborn Black N Silver to win. Ridden by Anne Sanguinetti, Giacomina broke right on cue and went right to the early lead. But Black N Silver and Rocco Bowen went right after the favorite and pushed her through solid fractions, drawing near level as the two hit the eighth pole. But Giacomina dug in and quickly pulled away late to win by a comfortable two lengths. Black N Silver finished second with RW Dusty’s Girl running third. Due South finished fourth and Go Ocho Go finished fifth.
Giacomina was owned and trained by Felimon Alvarado. Giacomina was claimed for $2,500 by owner Mary Lou Bishop and trainer Darlene Braden who won the horse in a 7 way shake after the race. Go Ocho Go was claimed by owners Pollowitz and Wilson for trainer Steve Fisher, while owner/trainer Nick Lowe claimed Due South in a 2 way shake.
The third and final division of Leg 1 saw Sweet Pleasure ($9.60) take home the fastest leg of the night. Sent right to the lead under jockey Marijo Terleski, Sweet Pleasure completed the five furlong trip in 58.49. Lafayette Star who went to post as the even money favorite burst out of the pack to get second while Rich Debut finished up in third. Known as Lu grabbed fourth with B’s Orchid finishing up in fifth.
Sweet Pleasure was owned by Carol Dronen and Dennis Berry for trainer Sam Dronen.
There were three claims in the final race, with B’s Orchid going to owners Rancho Viejo Stables and trainer Jesse Velasquez in a 5 way shake. Known As Lu was claimed and goes to new owner Hurliman Enterprises and trainer Debbie Fergason. And Lafayette Star was claimed in a 4 way shake and goes to owner/trainer Debbie Van Horne.
Leg 2 of the City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series is on Wednesday August 29th and the $20,000 final is on September 19th.
Point Standings after Leg 1
5 points: Cascadian’s Storey
5 points: Giacomina
5 points: Sweet Pleasure
4 points: Fantasyville
4 points: Black N Silver
4 points: Lafeyette Star
3 points: Hi Flyin Storm
3 points: RW Dusty’s Girl
3 points: Rich Debut
2 points: Miss Marly B
2 points: Due South
2 points: Known as Lu
1 point: Feu’s Imp
1 point: Go Ocho Go
1 point: B’s Orchid