By Tom Harris

Portland, OR - Ontheshadyside racing for Owner Mike Robbins made quick work of the $8,000 to $10,000 claiming cast on Tuesday at Portland Meadows in the day’s featured eighth race. Trained by Rigoberto Velasquez, the nine year old son of Matty G went wire to wire in the one mile affair. Ridden by Leonel Camacho Flores, the older gelding settled into a swift pace of 47:35 for the first half mile but had plenty in reserve to go on to a length plus victory in a fast track time of 1:39:81. Credit Line broke smartly and tracked the pace all the way to finish second while Thunder rambled from well out of it to capture third.

Here’s a look at the leaderboard for the first two weeks of racing at Portland Meadows: Jockey Nathan Haar leads the way for the Thoroughbreds with 9 wins from 22 starts, Jose Zunino is next with 5 wins from 23 starts, Third is Leonel Camacho-Flores with 4 wins out of 23 starts, followed by Lorenzo Lopez with 3 wins out of 18 starts. Jake Samuels (23 starts) and Luis Gonzalez (16 starts) are tied with 2 wins each.

In the Trainer stats Jonathan Nance leads the way with 4 wins from 11 starts, Rigoberto Velasquez is next with 3 wins from 16 starts, Bruno Maelfeyt follows in third with 3 wins from 4 starts, Robbie Baze checks in with 2 wins out of 10 saddled and Debbie Peery has 2 wins from 5 starts. Others with 2 wins are Ben Root, Neil Knapp and G. Dharma Khalsa.

For the Quarters Jockey Eduardo Soso leads the way with 3 wins from 7 starts, Veteran pilot Lorenzo Lopez with 2 wins out of 5 starts and Luis Gonzalez recording 1 win from 6 starts and Eliska Kubinova has 1 win from 1 start.

Leading the Quarter Horse Trainers is Hector Magallanes with 3 wins out of 8 starts, Pablo Madrigal is next with 1 win from 3 starts, Nick Lowe is third with 1 win from 4 starts as Jaqueline Smith and Adrian Quinones are tied with 1 win from 1 start.

Racing resumes at Portland Meadows on Monday, Oct, 16th with a 12 noon post time (Pacific). Admission and parking are always FREE ! Don’t miss $1 Day at The Races on Sunday, Oct 22 featuring $1 Beer, Soft Drinks, Hot Dogs & Programs ! Plus new Reward Member sign –ups will get a free $10 play (details at the track).