Jet Set Kitten and Maddie's Gold square off in the $25,000 Oregon Derby
After Jet Set Kitten won the Janet Wineberg Stakes and Maddie’s Gold won the Bill Wineberg Stakes on Oregon Championship Day, the debate started as who was the best two year-old at Portland Meadows. Well Sunday the two horses will settle the argument on the track as they headline a field of five in the $25,000 Oregon Derby sponsored by XpressBet. The race is set for a mile and will be the first time around two turns for all the participants.
Jet Set Kitten (Pictured at right) (3/1) is a perfect two for two at Portland Meadows, with scores in the $15,000 Catalina Harbor Stakes on Labor Day and the $15,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes on November 17th. Jet Set Kitten did suffer a defeat last time out, when she ran a good third in the $35,000 Arizona Juvenile Fillies at Turf Paradise on December 28th. She came back into town in the new year and worked a four furlong drill at Portland Meadows on January 13th. Eliska Kubinova will be on board.
Maddie’s Gold (Pictured below/right in lime silks) has the most experience of any of the runners in the field with six starts and three wins on his ledger and is the 4/5 morning line favorite. He was a stakes winner at Assiniboia Downs and won the $15,000 Bill Wineberg Stakes in his Portland Meadows debut. Maddie’s Gold did taste defeat in his last start to Morning Line Wiz, but he was only beaten a neck that day. Luis Torres will once again be on board for trainer Rolland Fergason in the Oregon Derby.
Stoney River (4/1) was fourth last time out in that Morning Line Wiz/Maddie’s Gold race, but he’ll have to make up over six lengths on Maddie’s Gold. He’s been pretty strong so far in his young career and the stretch-out to a route of ground should be right in his wheelhouse as his father Grindstone was a winner at a mile and a quarter. Nosetodagrindstone (6/1) is still a maiden as is Soft Star (8/1) and they will round out the field of five.
News and Notes…..A pair of starter allowance races will support the Oregon Derby. Kenzie Carolina will headline a field of six in the $7,500 Revillew Slew Starter Handicap for Fillies and Mares.