Fall Derby Trials / Willamette River

Fall Derby Trials / Willamette River

THREE YEAR QUARTERS CONVERGE IN PORTLAND MEADOWS FALL DERBY TRIALS AS A FIELD OF NINE THOROUGHBREDS HEAD POSTWARD IN THE WILLAMETTE RIVER
By Tom Harris

Portland, Or. - Two year old Thoroughbreds will head to the gate in The Willamette River Stakes at five and one half furlongs in the ninth race of the day Monday at Portland Meadows. Grinning Tiger, racing for Smith, Nance, Eakin & Cosgrove and Robert Clary’s Hombre Pirata are likely to capture most of the focus coming into The Willamette River worth $10,000 added. Trained By Jonathan Nance, Grinning Tiger will have veteran pilot Javier Matias to get the leg up atop the young son of Smiling Tiger. Grinning Tiger was stakes placed by finishing fifth in The Gold Rush Futurity worth $100,000 at Arapaho Park near Denver last August. The Oregonian-bred gelding won his second start lifetime in Colorado for his maiden win as he now makes his Pacific Northwest debut run in The Willamette River. Hombre Pirata looks to be the main rival after cruising to victory in a maiden optional claiming event two weeks ago at Portland. The Harbor The Gold offspring stopped the clock at four and one half furlongs in 54:21 under a hand ride. Trained by Portland top Trainer Ben Root, Jockey Robert Burney will guide the two time starter in his first stakes appearance. Art McFadden’s Rosie’s Reward seems poised to have a say after facing speed merchants in The Emerald Downs Express Stakes worth $50,000 last July. Trained by Jonathan Nance with leading rider Jose Zunino in the irons, Rosie’s Reward won at first asking last June at Emerald Downs at four and one half furlongs.

Early in the Monday card will be The Portland Meadows Fall Derby Trials for eligible three year old Quarter Horses at 400 yards. Henry Craig, sporting the colors of Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch and Racing, closed in a rush in a recent tune up dash at 350 yards where he finished second a neck behind the winner. Ridden by Eduardo Sosa, the son of One Sweet Jess has won seven of nine career starts. Opposition will likely come from Perry’s Getting Down Trained by Guadalupe Inzunza with Armando Cervantes up. The three year old son of Mr Jess Perry makes his second start in The City of Roses after arriving from Los Alamitos. The Cal-bred gelding finished third upon arrival in The Portland Meadows John Deere Challenge at 440 yards. The third race of the day is the final Trial event for The Fall Derby . Hillary Durham’s Owned and Trained L Bar D Genuine Red looks to bounce back after catching a tough Tickle Ur Fancy in The Director’s Cap earlier in the meet. The sophomore son of Genuine Strawfly was stakes placed at Emerald Downs last August. Regular rider Kassie Guglielmino has the call for the morning line favorite L Bar D Genuine Red. EZ Frosty Morn will try to menace after winning his last two starts including a Handicap score at Grants Pass and an allowance win at Emerald Downs. EZ Frosty Morn is Trained by Scott Raley for Owner Connie Chumbly as Jake Samuels is slated to get the leg up.

Post time Monday and Tuesday is 12 noon at Portland Meadows where Parking and Admission are Free!