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Colonel Courtney takes the McFadden Memorial Series Final

Colonel Courtney takes the McFadden Memorial Series Final

Colonel Courtney mad his 102nd career start a winning one as he scored an impressive victory in the $26,900 McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series Final at Portland Meadows on Wednesday afternoon.  Sent off at odds of 5/1, Colonel Courtney stayed just off the pace set by favorite Roaring To Go, who went out to the early lead quickly under jockey Kevin Krigger.  Roaring To Go led until mid-turn when Colonel Courtney and Juan Gutierrez came up alongside.  As they straightened away, Colonel Courtney began to slowly forge clear of Roaring To Go, but it was stable-mate Inhoc Signo Vinces who loomed the late danger as he began to close on the outside under Rocco Bowen.  Colonel Courtney dug in though and prevailed by a length and a half over Inhoc Signo Vinces while Roaring To Go finished third. 

Colonel Courtney is owned by Michael Pollowitz who also owns the runner up Inhoc Signo Vinces.  Guru Dharma Khalsa trains both of those runners.  Pollowitz and Khalsa claimed both of them out of Leg 2 of the McFadden Series back on November 16th for $4,000.  The purse shares for the top two spots was over $15,000. 

The Finals of the McFadden Memorial Claiming Series were the third and final leg of a three leg series that began on November 2nd, with horses competing at five furlongs for a $2,500 claiming tag.  Leg 2 was contest on November 16th for a $4,000 claiming  price at five and one half furlongs. 

The final time for the six furlong event was 1:12.00.

News and Notes…..Jockey Juan Gutierrez had a banner day on Wednesday as he won four races on the card, including with Colonel Courtney in the McFadden Memorial Finals….Jerry Hollendorfer had a training double, one of those wins was with jockey Kevin Krigger who shipped up from Golden Gate Fields for the day.