OHBPA Route Claiming Series kicks off with Leg 1 on Wednesday 10/23
Twenty two horses will compete in two divisions of Leg 1 of the Oregon H.B.P.A. Route Claiming Series at Portland Meadows on Wednesday afternoon, October 23rd. Wednesday’s races are the first leg of a three part Series. There are two preliminary legs and then a Final event that features a $15,000 purse. Leg 1 will consist of the runners competing at one mile and one sixteenth and for a $2,500 claiming price.
Swiss Exploit won the Inaugural Route Claiming Series Final back in March of 2012 and he’ll be looking to get back to his best form as he’ll compete in the 6th race on the card, which is the first of the two divisions. Swiss Exploit is 15/1 on the morning line, while Doctor Pav is the tepid 3/1 choice. Doctor Pav also has experience in the Route Claiming Series as he won Leg 1 of the Inaugural Route Claiming Series back in the winter of 2012. He’s competed in both of the two previous Route Claiming Series. Windshadows is a horse who could make some noise in the first division, as he’s coming off a good second place finish at this distance and class level at Emerald Downs. Debbie Hoonan, who’s winning at a 32% clip this season will have the mount.
Race 8 will be the second division and just like the first division, there doesn’t appear to be any standout favorites. It’s Our Pleasure and Castle Pines have been assigned the roles of co-favorites at 4/1. Castle Pines will be making his 51st start at Portland Meadows and the 84th start of his career. He was a sprinter for most of his life but started routing in the Inaugural Route Claiming Series back in 2012 and has been going a distance ever since. Castle Pines was claimed two starts back by owner/trainer Jerry Lynn for $2,500 and was just beaten a nose last time out for $4,000. He’ll return to the $2,500 level for Leg 1. It’s Our Pleasure has never been out of the exacta at Portland Meadows and has two wins here. He’s coming off a sixth place finish at Emerald Downs, but that was against Starter Allowance runners.
Horses will compete and earn points in the 1st Leg on Wednesday as well as the 2nd Leg which will be run on November 13th in order to be eligible for the $15,000 Final that will be run on December 4th. The 2nd Leg is a $3,200 claimer at one mile and one eighth while the Final is a $4,000 event at a mile and one quarter.
Here is the point system for the first two legs of the Oregon H.B.P.A Route Claiming Series. The top 12 point earners from the first two legs will be eligible for the Final, and horses must compete in both the first two legs to run in the Final.
1st Place—5 points
2nd Place—4 points
3rd Place—3 points
4th Place—2 points
5th Place—1 point