Ezinmotion takes home top honors in the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series Final
Ezinmotion rallied from off the pace on Wednesday to capture the $15,000 Final of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series. The eleven horses in the race had all earned points to be eligible for the Final by competing in preliminary legs. The first leg featured four divisions, run on October 16th with a $2,500 claiming tag and the races were five furlongs. The second leg featured two divisions, both at five and one half furlongs and carrying a $3,200 tag on November 6th. The Final was a $4,000 claiming event at six furlongs, but featured that large $15,000 purse.
Ezinmotion didn’t make a ton of noise in the first two legs, running fourth in Leg 1 and third in Leg 2. His owner and trainer Pablo De Jesus knew that he might improve with the added ground.
“I knew five furlongs wasn’t going to be his best distance at first,” said De Jesus. “But he ran well last time and I thought six furlongs would be perfect for him and it was.”
Sent off at odds of 16/1, Ezinmotion ($34.60) sat where he normally does early on, in mid-pack. Bad Boy K and Wheels of Fire went out to battle through an opening quarter of 22.45 and a half mile of 45.90. As they approached the top of the stretch, Bad Boy K kicked on while Ezinmotion had to wait in behind horses, while his rider Leonel Camacho-Flores had to tap on the breaks at the quarter pole.
“In the last leg he was trying hard but wasn’t closing that fast,” said Camacho-Flores. “Today he really tried and he really grabbed onto the track well.”
Camacho-Flores finally got room at the eighth pole and burst through. He reeled in Bad Boy K in the final yards to pick up the $6,150 winner’s share of the purse. Bad Boy K held on for second and took home $2,700 for his connections. Swiss Lightning ran third and took home $1,800 with Wheels of Fire getting a fourth place check worth $1,200. The fifth through eleventh place finishers all took home $450 for making it all the way to the Final.
News and Notes….Total handle for the nine race card on Wednesday was a season high $998,430……Aided by a carryover in the Pick 4 of $2,989, one lucky player took home a huge Pick 4 score winning $23,216.50…..Nobody had the Pick 5 so there will be a $5,089 carryover into Sunday’s card…..Portland Meadows $0.25 Pick 5 features a 15% takeout rate and always covers races 5 through 9.