THE INAUGURAL HANDICAP DRAWS TOP SPRINTERS FOR OPENING DAY

THE INAUGURAL HANDICAP DRAWS TOP SPRINTERS FOR OPENING DAY

THE INAUGURAL HANDICAP DRAWS TOP SPRINTERS FOR PORTLAND MEADOWS OPENING DAY
By Tom Harris

This coming Monday marks the start of the 2017-18 season at Portland Meadows as seven sprinters are slated to compete at five and one half furlongs in The $10,000 added Inaugural Handicap for three year olds and upward. Racing Secretary Jerry Kohls has assigned the top weight of 125 pounds to Papa Frank who recently placed eighth from a field of twelve in the Grade III Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs. Owned by Shane Bailey and Mary Tate and Trained by Mary Tate, the five year old California bred son of Papa Clem will make his 32nd lifetime start under the guidance of jockey Jose Zunino. After the Longacres Mile in August, Papa Frank finished second in a $40,000 optional claiming event in his final start of the year in Auburn. In that race he was caught late by Oh Marvelous Me by only a neck in a heated six and one half furlong battle. Papa Frank returns to Portland Meadows where he took third best in The Portland Meadows Mile last December.

The task will not be an easy one though as major rivals such as Grinder Sparksaglo looks to menace after the speedy son of Grindstone chalked up a nice claiming score during his summertime stay at Emerald Downs at six furlongs in what was one of the fastest times of the meet for the distance there. Trained by Robbie Baze, Jockey Nathan Haar will get the leg up. Jaqueline Smith’s Owned and Trained Cantchaco posted six wins at four separate venues on a road trip that took the Oregonian bred son of Ochoco from Lethbridge Canada to The Fairs of Oregon and through Great Falls Montana before returning to Portland for the Inaugural. Last year’s leading Jockey Kassie Guglielmino will have the call. Dynamic Scoring looks to have the role of spoiler here after arriving from Del Mar, Golden Gate, Los Alamitos and Santa Anita. While at Los Al, the four year old son of Smoke Glacken won a $14,000 claiming contest at one mile. Trained by Debbie Peery, Jockey David Martin will be in the pedals. Making up the cast is Coming In Hot who displayed solid speed in his last start at Emerald Downs. Trained by Elodio Madrigal, veteran pilot Lorenzo Lopez will guide. Delineator Express will have Leonel Camacho Flores who sports the colors of Rancho Viejo and Lisa Baze. The six year old son of Delineator was stakes placed at Portland Meadows last year. Owner and Trainer Rody Barrett sends Boo Boo Bear postward with Luis Gonzalez to ride. Boo Boo Bear was a recent maiden graduate at Emerald Downs and makes his Portland debut in The Inaugural.

The nine race card gets underway with a twelve noon post, Pacific time. Three of the first four races will be Quarter Horse events with a Mixed Breed 870 race being the third race of the day. Portland Meadows offers Pick four wagering with a reduced 14% takeout and a Pick Five with an attractive 15 % takeout. As always, parking and admission are free.