By Tom Harris

Portland, OR - The Columbus Day program at Portland Meadows will put the spotlight on two stakes events with the running of The Director’s Cap’ for Quarter Horses worth $11,000 added and The Multnomah Falls Stakes for Thoroughbred Fillies and Mares with a $10,000 added value.

In the third race of the Holiday program, three year olds and upward will dash 350 yards as morning line favorite Sorelli will take on eight others in the first Quarter Horse Stakes event of the season at Portland Meadows. The five year old mare by Brookstone Bay won five races last year for The Warlock Stable and Kelly Dougan. Trained by Rody Barrett, Sorelli won a prep race at Sun Downs and though unplaced in the following stakes outing, she did manage a stakes placing at Prineville last July. The Oklahoma-bred mare will be ridden by Jake Samuels from the outside post position in her season debut. Looking to steal the show however will be morning line longshot and Los Alamitos invader Absolutely Kool. Saddled by Silvestre Sanguino, the three year old filly by Stel Corona is fresh off of a claiming win at Los Al. And though untested at the stakes level, the young filly turned in a respectable time of 17:10 for the 330 yards over the fast track. Jockey Armando Cervantes will do the guiding for the Cal-bred filly who makes her 19th start lifetime. Hillary Durham’s L Bar D Genuine Red will be looking to pick up his first win of the year after winning last year’s Far West Futurity at Portland Meadows. Regular pilot Kassie Guglielmino will be aboard the three year old son of Genuine Strawfly as the Oregonian-bred tries to nab his fourth career score. Hailing from The Hayden Brothers Ranch, Tickle Your Fancy will bring her eight win record into The Director’s Cap’ after winning three from her last four starts. Trained by Hector Magallanes with Eduardo Sosa to pilot, the four year old Daughter of Dominyun was second best in last year’s Portland Meadows Winter Derby. Silvies will likely menace after a game win at Emerald Downs vs allowance company. Owned by Roberto Guzman and Trained by Pablo Madrigal, the five year old Mare by Mitey Jody has proven to be a gem of consistency by finishing no worse than second in eight of her last ten starts. Jockey Lorenzo Lopez will ride the five year old mare. Trainer Pablo Madrigal will also have Augie Meyer in the dash who is no stranger to this type of company. The five year old Canadian-bred rival just missed by a nose against many of the same opposition but was disqualified to fourth. Also in the field will be Kishme for Trainer Nick Lowe, Kishme won three races spanning from last year to this year at Los Alamitos, Kishme will be ridden by Luis Gonzalez. BH Country Chrome is the only Paint in the race Trained by Silvestre Sanguino with Jose Guerrero to ride. The registered Paint has seen these rivals before and boasts a win last November in allowance company at Portland. Shez Sneakin Fast Trained by Scott Raley won three races last year and was placed second in The Portland MeadowsFall Derby. Jockey Robrty Burney will get the leg up to guide the four year old mare by Heza Fast Dash.

Fillies and Mares will converge at five and one half furlongs in The $10,000 added Multnomah Falls Stakes which will be the ninth race of the day on a ten race card. The speedy Ila View brings her front running style into The Multnomah as she takes on eight other fillies and mares. Owned by Doug Clausen and Trained by Debbie Peery, the four year old filly by Rallying Cry will open up as the 2-1 morning line favorite with Leonel Camacho-Flores to ride. Ila View won a $25,000 claiming sprint at six furlongs at Emerald Downs last June in one of the fastest times of the meet for the distance of 107:90. The Washington-bred filly has won three races lifetime. Winninginfashion has bested most of these at Emerald Downs this past season for Trainer Rigoberto Velasquez. The seven year old mare by In Excess will look to extend her bankroll to $150,000 for Rancho Viejo , Carmody & Baze. Jockey Jose Zunino will have the riding assignment for Winninginfashion. Owners Kelly Dougan, Warlock Stables and Saratoga West will send Lovethisbar to the gate for her 14th career start. Trainer Rody Barrett will leg up Kassie Guglielmino to guide the three year old filly by Demon Warlock. Lovethisbar won a $10,000 claiming sprint last Spring in a solid six furlong time of 1:10:65. Mary Lois did well at Portland Meadows last year and returns after a Summer long campaign at Emerald Downs that produced a $10,000 claiming win for Greased Lightning Racing LLC. Trained by Howard Belvior with regular Jockey Jennifer Whitaker in the irons. Copy Begone was nipped at the wire in the last start at Emerald Downs in a six and one half furlong dash among $5,000 claiming company. Trainer Neil Knapp saddles the four year old filly by Demon Warlock as Nathan Haar will be in the pedals. Slewfooteldo has won two of her last three races spanning from last year at Portland Meadows to this year at Emerald Downs. Jockey Lorenzo Lopez will have the call. Bella Colomba won a $5,000 claiming sprint at Emerald last June but has been knocking at the door since with four third place finishes from five recent starts. Trainer Rody Barrett sends Jake Samuels to guide. L Wayne Bell’s Owned and Trained Sea Harbor Go comes off the fair circuit to contest stakes company after a good allowance win at Burns. Top Kitty Cat is a stable mate of Winninginfashion and grabs the rail for the Monday dash . Jockey Luis Gonzalez will ride after a good start to the meet opening week.

Post time is 12 noon, Pacific time for The Monday card which offers ten races. Admission & parking are free. Fans are reminded that Portland Meadows will host it’s first Dollar Day at the races on Sunday, October 22nd featuring $1 Beer, Hot dogs, soft drinks and programs. Fans that sign up for new Player rewards membership will receive a $10 free play (details at the track).