Entries for Oregon Championship Day are out
Entries were released on Tuesday for Oregon Championship Day, one of the biggest days of the season at Portland Meadows that will take place on November 17th. The day celebrates the Oregon-bred as all ten races are restricted to Oregon-bred runners only. There are four $15,000 stakes events for Thoroughbreds as well as the $17,000 added Baxter Andruss Futurity for the Quarter Horses.
Along with all the great events happening on the race track, Oregon Championship Day will feature a Jockey Autograph Session from 11:00am to 11:30am, a Craft Beer Festival with over 20 beers from Oregon’s finest brewers, as well as great activities for the kids in the Horseplay Kids Zone.
“Oregon Championship Day is a great way for us all to celebrate the Oregon breeding industry,” said Portland Meadows Assistant General Manager Jerry Kohls. “It’s a very festive atmosphere the entire day.”
First post time is at 12:00pm (Pacific) and the stakes action kicks off in race 4 with the $17,000 added Baxter Andruss Futurity. Thinkin of Girls was the most impressive winner in the trials, but he’ll have to hold off tough runners like Ocean Beaches and Sneakin TR.
Jet Set Kitten (Pictured at right) will look to run her record to a perfect two for two as she will be a heavy favorite in the $15,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes. The two year-old daughter of Jet West was a four and a half length winner of the $15,000 Catalina Harbor Stakes back on Labor Day. She’ll face just four rivals in the six furlong contest, two of which are first time starters.
Rolland Fergason will send out stakes winner Maddie’s Gold in the $15,000 Bill Wineberg Stakes to face five rivals. Maddie’s Gold won the $30,000 Osiris Stakes at Assiniboia Downs this summer and was second in the $50,000 Winnipeg Futurity. Maddie’s Gold will be making her United States debut in the Bill Wineberg. Four of his rivals are first time starters, with Nosetoagrindstone being the only other runner with experience. He finished eighth in a maiden special weight event on October 20th. Stoney River is a first time starter and is a half brother to Cantchaco, who won this race last season in his first start.
A pair of $7,500 Starter Handicaps split up the stakes races as races 7 and 8, with the $15,000 Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship going as race 9. The Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship drew seven runners and is loaded with horses who have had success on Oregon Championship Day. Midda’s Gold Touch (Pictured at right) won this race last year and is coming off a win last time out where he caught Calypsonoted in the final yards. Calypsonoted will once again take on the older boys, as the Oregon Hers Stakes didn’t fill at the entry box. She won the $25,000 Don Jackson Futurity last year on Oregon Championship Day. He’s a Goblin is also entered and won the Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship in 2011. Cantchaco won last year’s Bill Wineberg Stakes and comes into the Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship off a third place allowance finish.
The $15,000 Oregon His Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth drew six runners including Jack The Pirate, who won the $15,000 Tom Two Stakes at Portland Meadows on Labor Day.
Oregon Championship Day gets underway at 12:00pm (Pacific) time on Sunday November 17th at Portland Meadows. A complete list of entries can be found HERE