Nominations Released for Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino on Sunday November 18

Nominations Released for Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino on Sunday November 18

Seventy five horses were nominated for the seven Oregon bred stakes races that will make up the majority of Oregon Championship Day which is presented by Spirit Mountain Casino. This special, all Oregon bred card of racing will take place on Sunday November 18, 2012 and features the best of Oregon horse racing.

The $25,000 Don Jackson Futurity is the headliner on the day, with twelve runners nominated for the one mile event for two year olds. Bill Wineberg Stakes winner Cantchaco and Janet Wineberg Stakes winner Calypsonoted are the marquee names, as both were impressive winning their respective Wineberg events. Cantchaco was making his career debut in the Bill Wineberg and went right to the front under jockey Marijo Terleski and never looked back, holding off heavily favored Captainnotsosober to win by half a length. Cantchaco was bred in Oregon by owners Larry and Gay Welliver and is trained by Carol Duby.

Calypsonoted is also a homebred and has been perfect in two starts for owner/trainer/breeder Eric Jensen. Calypsonoted dominated the Janet Wineberg winning by thirteen and a half under a hand ride from jockey Luis Torres. Calypsonoted was cross-entered in the Oregon Debutante Stakes, however that race only received five nominations and is unlikely to go.

“She’s really training so well,” said trainer Eric Jensen. “She continues to get better, and I don’t think the distance will be a problem for her.”

Trainer Ben Root nominated five of the twelve runners in the Don Jackson Futurity and has been pointing his two year olds towards this race for quite a while.

“Oregon Championship Day is something we always point to from the day the horses are born out at my parents farm (Oakhurst) in Newberg,” said Root. “Oregon Championship Day is a day for us to run for big purses and we always take pride in trying to win these races.”

Maximatic, Jack The Pirate, Stately Skyshooter, Van Glorious and Dos Amantes make up the Root contingent nominated for the Don Jackson Futurity.

Captainnotsosober was an impressive debut winner, scoring by over ten lengths in his career debut and finished a good second behind Cantchaco last time out in the Bill Wineberg Stakes. He was bred in Oregon by Bar C Racing Stables and is owned by Brent and Julie Christopherson.

“He wasn’t quite on his toes for that last one,” said trainer Patti Harris. “I think he’ll get the distance and should improve.”

The $12,500 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship had seven nominees and looks to be a tough contest should all these runners go. Middas Gold Touch is a multiple stakes winner at Portland Meadows and was recently second behind Shamundi in an allowance sprint, a race he finished ahead of Ricky Ricky who will be one of his main competitors in the Lethal Grande. Middas Gold Touch will be making his third straight appearance in an Oregon Championship Day event. He was third in the Bill Wineberg Stakes at age 2 and came back to run a fourth place finish in the Oregon His Stakes last year.

Ricky Ricky was second in last year’s Lethal Grande Sprint Championship and took the Oregon His Stakes on Oregon Championship Day in 2010. He will be making his fifth start for owners Nordic Stable and trainer Bennie Webb since they claimed him for $5,000 back on September 3rd. Stopin Memo will be making his first try against stakes runners, but comes into the race in top form, with three straight wins for trainer Steve Fisher.

Stopin Memo is also one of nine runners nominated for the $12,500 Oregon Hers which is for three year olds at one mile. Alltheway Heather is one of only two horses who have a win at a mile or more, Solar Boots being the other. Bahati Gold is a stakes winner, having taken the Oregon Ms. Stakes last season by way of a disqualification. Baquaduck and Kenzie Carolina have both been consistent runners but this will be a bit of a step up in class for each.

LG Jet will be making his return to the races in the $12,500 Oregon His Stakes after dominating the Bill Wineberg Stakes last season on Oregon Championship Day on his way to a big win in the Oregon Breeders’ Derby to close out his season last year. He was given some time off by his owners Leonard and Georgeanne Hammrich but has been back at the track training over the last few months in the Patti Harris barn. A winner of four of five career races, LG Jet has banked over $26,665 in his career. Slew the Cat was also nominated for the His and is quite familiar with seeing LG Jet’s hind quarters, as he finished second behind him three times last year. Slew the Cat has finished behind Stopin Memo in a pair of allowance races in his last pair.

A pair of $2,500 Starter Handicaps, the Confederate Tribes of the Grand Ronde for the female runners at six furlongs and the Spirit Mountain Casino for the boys at six furlongs will make up the remainder of the Oregon bred added money events. Entries for Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino will be taken on Thursday November 15th.