LG Jet takes the Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders' Derby
LG Jet made it four wins in a row on Monday as he cruised to a win in the $20,000 Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders’ Derby at Portland Meadows. Sent off as the heavy 3/5 favorite, LG Jet had to battle early on as both Lil Red Rockstar and Suesawme both not only pressured him, but forced him to take a very wide journey on the first turn. Jockey Luis Torres kept his runner out in the clear as those three went into the far turn, and Torres and LG Jet started to edge clear and opened up a big lead in mid-stretch. LG Jet won by three and half over Slew the Cat who closed up to finish second. Captain Gavel finished up in third. The final time for the mile was 1:41.88. LG Jet returned $3.40 for the win.
In the Oregon Ms. Stakes it was Slewzy’s Gold and jockey Mark Anderson who went right to the lead and never looked back, scoring a hard fought half length victory. However after reviewing the start of the race, the Stewards ruled that Slewzy’s Gold broke inward and caused sufficient interference against Kenzie Carolina at the start, so Slewzy’s Gold was disqualified and placed third, behind Kenzie Carolina. The disqualification moved Bahati Gold up to the winning position for trainer Neil Knapp and jockey Javier Matias. Bahati Gold returned $4.40 for the win.
Matias also scored a victory in the $12,250 Portland Meadows Championship Bonus Challenge aboard BCR Buds for All. Sent off at 5/1, BCR Buds For All broke last and quickly made his way through the field. With just 50 yards to go he was still third, but he exploded between horses to get up for the win. BCR Buds For All is owned by Jeff Steadman and trained by Bill Hoburg. BCR Buds For All returned $12.40 for the win and the final time for the 400 yards was 20.23 seconds.
(BCR Buds For All takes the PM Championship Challenge Stakes)