GRINDER SPARKSAGLO TAKES TOP HONORS IN THE INAUGURAL HANDICAP

GRINDER SPARKSAGLO TAKES TOP HONORS IN THE INAUGURAL HANDICAP

GRINDER SPARKSAGLO TAKES TOP HONORS IN THE INAUGURAL HANDICAP
By Tom Harris


Portland,Or - Richard Sena’s Grinder Sparksaglo overtook Boo Boo Bear at the top of the stretch to win the $10,000 added Inuagural Handicap at five and one half furlongs Monday at Portland Mewadows. Trained by Robbie Baze, the six year old son of Grindstone drew clear to win the sprint contest. Ridden by Jockey Nathan Haar, the Washington bred settled just off a quick pace set by Boo Boo Bear who led to the turn for home. In deep stretch, Papa Frank posted a late rally but could not reach Grinder Sparksaglo in the final stages.

After the race Jockey Nathan Haar said “The Horse ran great, we got a perfect trip”. Haar had said in a pre-race interview that he liked the idea of breaking from the outside post position to give the horse room to race. Grinder Sparksaglo covered the distance in 1:05:06 over the fast track as he improved his career record to 7 wins from 37 starts. Papa Frank finished second as Boo Boo Bear held for third. A slew of riding doubles were had on the opening day card as Jockeys Eduardo Sosa, Lorenzo Lopez, Eliska Kubinova and Jose Zunino all collected a riding double on the day. Trainers Ben Root and Hector Magallanes both posted Training doubles on the day as well.

CLAIMERS BATTLE AT A MILE AND SEVENTY YARDS IN TUESDAY’S TWO TURN TEST AT PORTLAND MEADOWS

Morning line favorite Bershinsky takes on Sportive and several others in the Tuesday afternoon route feature at Portland Meadows as the oldest commercial race meet hosts it’s second day of racing for the new season.

Racing for Eakin, Nance & Eakin, the six year old son of Uncle Denny makes his 40th career start in the day’s eighth race. Trained by Jonathan Nance with Eliska Kubinova to ride, Bershinsky will look to carry his winning ways from Arapaho Park in Colorado back to Portland Meadows where he raced last year. While in the Mile High region of Colorado, the Cal-bred racked up three consecutive claiming wins and improved his overall record to 9-4-7 from 39 starts. Sportive checks in for Owner and Trainer Jaqueline Smith as Francisco Orduna-Rojas pilots the nine year old son of Bellamy Road. Racing primarily on the fair circuit this year, Sportive picked off a stakes win and two claiming victories along the way during his campaign that has registered in excess of $134,000 in earnings from 77 lifetime starts. Rio Hondo was unable to close the deal at Emerald Downs this year but finished no worse than third in any of his last nine races there. Owned by Frank McDonald, the seven year old son of Awesome Again should have a late say in the Tuesday trip under Jose Zunino. Sharp Focus figures to be in the hunt after a good mile score earlier in the year at Emerald Downs. Sporting the colors of Rancho Viejo Stables, the nine year old Washington Bred will be ridden by Nathan Haar for Trainer Rigoberto Velasquez. So Elite has faced tougher opposition at Golden Gate & Del Mar in recent starts as Trainer Shawna Whiteside will give the leg up to Jake Samuels for the assignment. Regalstone takes a little dip in class after facing a higher claiming bracket and loved this track last year with two wins and a fourth placing in The Oregon His Stakes. Trainer Robbie Baze will send Jockey David Martin to pilot the four year old son of Grindstone. Sefolosha has been a game sort in Wyoming and Nevada for Trainer Cliff Coffelt as Jockey Jose Figueroa will ride the seven year old son of Macho Uno.

Post time is 12 noon Pacific Time at Portland Meadows for the nine race program. Admission and parking are free.