City of Roses - F&M Sprint Claiming Series - Wed Aug 15, 2012

City of Roses - F&M Sprint Claiming Series - Wed Aug 15, 2012

Wednesday night will kick off the Inaugural City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series at Portland Meadows. The three part series will culminate with a $20,000 Final on Wednesday September 19, 2012. The first leg of the City of Roses has drawn 23 runners, who will compete in three divisions on Wednesday August 15.

The City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series will consist of two preliminary legs and a $20,000 Final. The preliminary legs are both claiming events, with the first leg on Wednesday August 15 being a $2,500 claiming event at five furlongs. The second leg will be run on Wednesday August 29 at five and one half furlongs, and will be a $4,000 claiming event. Horses must run in both of the first two preliminaries to be eligible for the $20,000 Final on September 19 which will be a six furlong event. Runners will earn points according to their finish position in the first two legs, with the top twelve point earners from the preliminary legs being eligible for the Final.

Point System:
1st – 5 points
2nd – 4 points
3rd – 3 points
4th – 2 points
5th – 1 point

The City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series is the first of three Claiming Series to be run at Portland Meadows this season, and it builds on the popularity of last year’s inaugural running of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series and the Route Claiming Series. Both the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series and the Route Claiming Series will be back this season for their second editions, with the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series beginning on August 22nd and the Route Claiming Series beginning on October 28th.

“We are really excited to build on the momentum of last year’s Claiming Series’,” said Portland Meadows Director of Racing Jerry Kohls. “I think both the horsemen and the horse players really enjoyed the competition, the quality fields, and the opportunities to make a nice score both on the track and at the windows.”

Last year’s Claiming Series’ both saw over 25 claims in their respective first divisions, as owners and trainers looked to find value at the $2,500 claiming level with the second level being run with a $4,000 claiming price and an elevated purse of $5,000. There were numerous different strategies by horsemen as some waited until the second leg to claim the right horse to have a good chance at that $20,000 Final. Owner Michael Pollowitz played the game perfectly last season in the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series as he claimed Colonel Courtney for $4,000 in the second leg. The horse finished a disappointing fourth but he and trainer G.D. Khalsa brought the horse back in top form and took home the top prize when Colonel Courtney won the $25,000 Final.

The City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series is strictly for female sprinters. The first leg will consist of three races on Wednesday August 15th and those divisions will be run as races 5, 6 and 7. The fifth race features a field of eight runners and appears to be a pretty wide open division. Fantasyville has been given the role of morning line favorite at 7/2 and has already won two races at Emerald Downs this season. Fantasyville will be making her first career start at Portland Meadows. This race is loaded with speed and at the five furlong distance, they should be going fast early as Tychonic Choice, Fantasyville, Feu’s Imp, and Hi Flyin Storm all like to have the early lead. The fifth race will go off at 7:44pm (Pacific) on Wednesday night.

The second division has seven runners with Giacomina drawn down on the inside as the 5/2 morning line favorite for last year’s leading trainer Felimon Alvarado and the red hot riding Anne Sanguinetti. The speed in this heat could come from the outside with both For the Rest of Us and Due South likely to send with the shorter run to the turn.

The third division will be Race 7 sees the return of Portland Meadows specialist Lafayette Star. Lafayette Star has won six out of eight career starts at Portland Meadows and has been competing for $3,500 claiming events up at Emerald Downs in recent months. Rocco Bowen will ride Lafayette Star for trainer Jesse Velazquez.

First post on Wednesday August 15th is 6:00pm (Pacific) and the City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Leg 1 divisions will be run as races 5, 6 and 7.