McFadden Memorial and City of Roses $20k Finals
With the cancellation of last Wednesday’s card due to an issue with track lighting, Wednesday September 26th has turned into one of the biggest days of the meet, with both the $20,000 McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series Final and the $20,000 City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Final to be run at Portland Meadows. The McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series Final will run on its originally scheduled date, with a field of ten runners to compete at the six furlong distance, including Zilver who swept both of his divisions of Leg 1 and 2.
“He ran so tough in that last race,” said trainer Jonathan Nance. “We figured someone would claim him, but when nobody did, we were fine with that and ready to go after the Final.”
Marijo Terleski will once again be on board Zilver for owners Bob and Pat Cosgrove.
Declan Downs didn’t win either of his two preliminary races, but he was favored in both and will take plenty of money in the Final, as he goes back to the barn of Jim Fergason. Mark Anderson who has ridden the horses many times will be back on board in the Final.
“He’s not the kind of horse who likes to pass horses,” said Anderson. “It will be crucial he breaks well and can be right on the lead, because as we saw last time in his race against Zilver, he doesn’t seem to want to go by horses.”
Trainer Nick Lowe had to have been pleased when his new horse Kuya ran so well in Leg 2, the night that he claimed the horse for $4,000. Kuya won his division for trainer Howard Gibson that night, but Lowe is happy to have Kuya in the barn for the Final.
“He’s training very good, so I’m really happy with him so far,” said Lowe. “He can be a bit difficult so we’re learning with him. I love the outside the post, so he can sit and let the race play out.”
Leading jockey Luis Torres will ride Kuya as he did in both Leg 1 and Leg 2, however this will be the first time he’s riding the horse for Lowe.
“Luis approached us about riding him,” said Lowe. “He really wanted to ride the horse and we’re happy to have him.”
The $20,000 City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Final was re-drawn after the cancellation of racing last Wednesday. The same twelve runners will be involved, however in different post positions. The only personnel change was Cascadian’s Storey was slated to be ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores last week, and instead Joe Crispin will take over the riding duties.
Trainer Sam Dronen has two strong entrants in this race, with possible favorite Black N Silver, and Sweet Pleasure, who drew just to the inside of Black N Silver in post 3.
“Black N Silver is doing really good,” said Dronen. “I look for her to do really well in this race. She’s just been doing so well in the barn and on the track.”
Dronen is also starting to feel more and more confident with Sweet Pleasure, who has turned in a first and a second place finish respectively in Leg 1 and Leg 2 of the series.
“I was a little surprised nobody claimed her last time,” said Dronen. “I never personally thought she could win the series, but I’m not 100% sure she couldn’t now, I think she’ll be right there.”
The $20,000 City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Final will go off as race 5 on Wednesday September 26th and the $20,000 McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series Final will go as race 7. First post is at 6:00pm (Pacific).
Race 7 - $20,000 McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series Final
(Post Position, Horse, Jockey)
- Zilver, Marijo Terleski
- Watch Your Money, Anne Sanguinetti
- Paddy’s Pot’O Gold, Tim Neal
- Colonel Courtney, Joe Crispin
- Declan Downs, Mark Anderson
- Golden N Sweet, Troy Stillwell
- TW Dashboardlights, Rocco Bowen
- Cougar Bob, Jose Guerrero
- Vegas Flyer, Debbie Hoonan
- Kuya, Luis Torres
Race 5 - $20,000 City of Roses Filly and Mare Sprint Claiming Series Final
- Giacomina, April Boag
- Known as Lu, Maria Rossak
- Sweet Pleasure, Marijo Terleski
- Black N Silver, Rocco Bowen
- Miss Marly B, Tim Neal
- Hi Flyin Storm, Javier Matias
- Rich Debut, Mark Anderson
- Cascadian’s Storey, Joe Crispin
- Go Ocho Go, Luis Torres
- Fantasyville, Debbie Hoonan
- Due South, Troy Stillwell
RW Dustys Girl, Anne Sanguinetti