Congratulations to the leading connections of 2013/14
Awards were presented on Sunday to the leading jockeys, trainers, and owners for the now concluded Portland Meadows 49 day season. Portland Meadows runs both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races, so individual awards were given to the leaders in each category for each breed.
Eliska Kubinova (pictured at right on horseback) took home her first career riding title this season at Portland Meadows, as she racked up 55 Thoroughbred wins. Kubinova was second in the standings in her first season at Portland Meadows in 2011/12. After spending last winter primarily in Southern California at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, Kubinova returned to the Northwest this spring to ride at Emerald Downs. She finished third in the standings up there with 55 victories. She split her time between Emerald Downs and Portland Meadows during July, August and September, but once she arrived full-time at Portland Meadows, she dominated and climbed her way to the top of the standings by the end of the meet.
“I appreciate all the rides I got this season,” said Kubinova. “I really want to thank all the amazing trainers and owners who let me ride for them. And I would never make it if it wasn’t for my agent David Singer.”
Kubinova will ship her tack back up north to Emerald Downs which gets underway in April.
Trainer Jim Fergason (Pictured at right in black jacket and cap) captured another training title as he sent out 34 winners during the season. Fergason was atop the standings for much of the season and even won the last race of the season with Hock who was a dominating winner to close out the year. Fergason sent out three different stakes winners this season, with Morning Line Wiz and Our Little Hen scoring on Portland Mile Day and Society Girl winning the Stallion Stakes.
“This year went really well,” said Fergason. “Purses were up and people can make a little money and have some fun which is really important.”
Juan Sanguino (pictured below right in flannel shirt) captured his third straight Quarter Horse training title as he sent out 13 winners. Six of those winners were owned by Sanguino as he also was the leading Quarter Horse owner. Sanguino sent out Eyes Movin to a win in the PM Championship Bonus Challenge as his biggest win of the season.
“I had some horses who had great years like Eyes Movin, L Bar D Snow Princes and Chicks Special Angel,” said Sanguino. “I’m really happy and thankful to everybody who helped me have such a great season.”
Jockey Joe Crispin (Pictured below) took home the top honors amongst Quarter Horse jockeys with 15 wins. Crispin has won multiple Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse titles at Portland Meadows over the years and also finished third in the Thoroughbred standings this season with 45 victories.
Owners Art McFadden and Howard Belvoir shared top honors amongst Thoroughbred owners as both collected nine winners during the season. McFadden’s runners picked up $47,577 in earnings while Belvoir’s horses earned $44,570.