Jack The Pirate a gamble his connections hope will keep paying off
Jack The Pirate will be a big favorite when he takes the track on Sunday November 17th in the $15,000 Oregon His Stakes at Portland Meadows as part of Oregon Championship Day. But his connections have been planning on him winning this race since July. It’s all part of a three race plan that owner/breeder Robert Clary and trainer Blaine Wright had when they plunked down $15,000 to claim Jack The Pirate on July 27th at Emerald Downs.
Clary, a doctor based in Shelby, Montana, bred Jack The Pirate in Oregon out of his mare Tres Netta Joe. Jack The Pirate started his career in the Bill Wineberg last year when he finished fourth in his debut. He broke his maiden two weeks later and finished third in the Don Jackson Futurity in start three. He was fourteen lengths behind at the half mile pole and flew late to finish less than three lengths behind the top two.
Jack The Pirate went to the barn of trainer Blaine Wright when he went to Emerald Downs and ran in a couple $15,000 claiming events earlier this spring, running fourth and fifth. After 4 weeks, Clary and Wright had to find another spot for the three year-old. After searching for a spot, they elected to try and drop him down in for a $7,500 tag on July 3rd.
“We knew there was a shot he’d get claimed out of that race,” said Wright. “But we just couldn’t get a race for him to go at the higher prices, so we took a shot.”
The drop in class proved a smart one in terms of the race, as Jack The Pirate cruised to a six and a quarter length score. The bad news for Clary and Wright came when they got a claim slip alerting them the horse had been claimed by owners Michael Pollowitz and Jeff Wilson.
“I felt horrible when we lost him,” said Wright. “We figured he would be in for $10,000 or $12,500 next time out, and we were willing to pay that much to get him back.”
Wright said they were a little surprised to see that when he was entered back on July 27th for a claiming price of $15,000. With the $7,500 for the claim and the $4,000 winners share from the last race, his owner Robert Clary was going to have to put up an additional $3,500 if he wanted to claim his old horse back. They mulled over the decision and Clary had to decide if was willing to take a gamble on the horse he bred. He was.
“When we decided to claim him back, we did it in anticipation of bringing him down to Portland Meadows,” said Wright. “He’s an Oregon bred, and we knew that he’d be a really tough horse in the Tom Two Stakes on Labor Day, the Oregon His on Oregon Championship Day, and the Stallion Stakes on December 8th.”
The three races Wright spoke about are all $15,000 events. Jack The Pirate took care of the first step in that process by dominating the Tom Two Stakes, pulling away to win by three and a quarter lengths. He’ll look to finish the second step of his three race stakes journey this Sunday in the Oregon His Stakes.
“He’s training really well,” said Wright. “He puts in 100% in the morning, which for some horses is good, for some it’s bad cause it takes something out of them. But for him it’s always been good.”
Jack The Pirate will go to post in the $15,000 Oregon His Stakes on Sunday, which is the 10th and final race on the card. He towers over the field in terms of class and ability, so he’ll likely be a short price. His main competition looks like Van Glorious and Captainnotsosober. Van Glorious was fourth behind a really nice runner named Bones Zee last time out and Captainnotsosober was a very solid two year-old last year, but he’s been in lackluster form this season.
Oregon Championship Day is this Sunday November 17th and post time is 12pm (Pacific).