D Devil and Zilver get to the Winner’s Circle in Leg 1 of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series

D Devil and Zilver get to the Winner’s Circle in Leg 1 of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series

The 2nd running of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series got underway at Portland Meadows on Wednesday Night. Two 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 September 5th to be eligible for the $20,000 Series Final on September 26th. The horses accrue points in the first two legs, with the top 12 point earners getting a spot in the gate for the finals.

Here is the points breakdown for the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series:
1st Place-5 points
2nd Place-4 points
3rd Place-3 points
4th Place-2 points
5th Place-1 point

The first division featured seven runners and it was Zilver who scored a hard fought head victory over his stable mate Kuya in the $2,500 claiming event. Sent off at odds of 4/1, Zilver ($10.60) and jockey Marijo Terleski went right to the lead and battled early on with Paddy’s Pot’o Gold and Declan Downs, who was the race favorite. Declan Downs broke a step slow and rushed up to battle with Zilver through at 22.44 opening quarter mile. Zilver began to inch away from Declan Downs at the top of the stretch, but that rival battled back down the lane to stay in contention and was only a neck back of Zilver at the wire. Kuya put in a big rally up the fence under leading jockey Luis Torres to grab second place late. The final time for the five furlongs was 59.32 seconds.

Zilver was not claimed, but there was a lot of interest in Declan Downs who was claimed in a 12 way shake for $2,500, and it was Charlotte Dickerson and All the Hard Ways who got the horse for trainer Nick Lowe. Kuya who finished in second the first division, was claimed in a 4 way shake and goes to owner/trainer Howard Gibson.


D Devil turned in a memorable performance as he and Rocco Bowen won handily in the second division, scoring off by three lengths over Vegas Flyer and Tw Dashboardlights. Sent off at odds of 7/2, the 10 year old D Devil broke sharply and took over the lead as the field went into the far turn under jockey Rocco Bowen. He was well in command into the lane and never looked back picking up the win. Colonel Courtney was sent off as the even money favorite but never challenged and finished sixth. The final time for the five furlongs was 58.99.

The claiming box was hopping after the race as 20 total claims were dropped on the horses for the second division. The winner D Devil was claimed by Sharon Balcom who got the horse in a four way shake. Watch Your Money was claimed in a five way shake and went to owner/trainer Felimon Alvarado. Alvarado also took Outa Crown via the claim out of division two. Ben Root claimed Vegas Flyer and Dave and Patty Runyon claimed Colonel Courtney in a three way shake. Dave Runyon will train Colonel Courtney.

Leg 2 of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series is on Wednesday September 5th and the $20,000 final is on September 26th.

Point Standings after Leg 1
5 points: Zilver
5 points: D Devil
4 points: Kuya
4 points: Vegas Flyer
3 points: Declan Downs
3 points: Tw Dashboardlights
2 points: Tense Bet
2 points: Watch Your Money
1 point: Paddy’s Pot O’ Gold
1 point: Outa Crown