LG Jet set to take off in the $12,500 Oregon His
LG JET - Shown winning the Bill Wineberg Stakes on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino in 2011
LG Jet spent the spring and summer of 2012 relaxing. After posting four wins from his first five career starts and racking up $26,655 in earnings to start his career, he had earned a little down time. So the three year old son of Harbor the Gold and Cheyenne Rose went back to where he was raised. His owners and breeders Leonard and Georgeanne Hammrich’s farm in Hayden Lake, Idaho was where LG Jet got to spend his down time. Enjoying the picturesque beauty of the small rural area which sits just north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and only 30 miles east of Spokane, Washington, LG Jet was treated to six months of rest and relaxation. However, the time finally came for him to get back to work.
“He came back to training in early August,” said his trainer Patti Harris. “He’s been doing so well since he came back. He’s basically a really big athletic kid. Everything is easy for him. He goes out and has fun, and when he comes back, he’s always excited to eat.”
Standing seventeen hands, LG Jet is quite the sight in his stall. He’s a massively built horse, and like many of his Harbor the Gold siblings, he’s a beautiful chestnut color.
“It’s so funny because he’s so big and his mom is so small,” said Harris.
His mom Cheyenne Rose was also raced by the Hammrich’s. She began her career at Hastings Race Course in Vancouver, BC, but spent her last three races in 2002 and 2003 running at Portland Meadows. She gave birth to LG Jet on April 19, 2009.
LG Jet’s career began on the track up at Emerald Downs in suburban Seattle, when he took on five rivals in a maiden $25,000 claiming event on July 11, 2011. He finished sixth beaten fifteen lengths that day.
“Oh that debut was just terrible,” said Harris. “He didn’t break, then he rushed up, and he was so green the whole race. I don’t think he liked the track either. He was just really super green that day.”
LG Jet was given some time off after that race and was brought down to Portland Meadows where he made his local debut in a maiden special weight event on October 17th. He wasn’t respected in the odds that day, as he was sent off at 6/1, but he showed some ability, drawing off to win by six and three quarter lengths under jockey Luis Torres. After that win, he came right back five weeks later over a sloppy track and cleared his first level allowance condition, drawing off by four lengths.
Next up was his first try against stakes runners and it was in the $15,000 Bill Wineberg Stakes on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino last year. He was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favorite and went right to the lead, never looking back and winning with ease. He wrapped up his fantastic year with a win in the $20,000 Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders’ Derby going a mile on February 20th.
After that win, LG Jet earned his time off, but since early August when he came back to Portland Meadows it has been all business.
“Luis Torres has been working him in the mornings and he’s been doing well.”
LG Jet is one of eleven runners nominated to the $12,500 Oregon His Stakes on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino which will take place on Sunday November 18th. The race is at one mile and one sixteenth, so the challenge for LG Jet is getting the distance in his first start back off the layoff.
“The distance is a bit of a concern, because last time when he won going two turns, he had races under his belt recently,” said Harris. “His mom was a router though and we thought this spot might be easier since it’s against straight three year olds. We considered running him in a sprint, but that would have been against older horses.”
Entries for the $12,500 Oregon His Stakes and all the races for Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino will be drawn on Thursday November 15th, with the races being run on Sunday November 18th.