OREGON CHAMPIONSHIP DAY BRINGS OUT THE BEST

OREGON CHAMPIONSHIP DAY BRINGS OUT THE BEST

OREGON CHAMPIONSHIP DAY BRINGS OUT THE BEST AT PORTLAND MEADOWS
By Tom Harris

Portland, OR – A full program of stakes races were on display at Portland Meadows as a crowd of more than 2,000 looked on with a total of nine stakes events took the stage for Oregon Championship Day. Over a million dollars was wagered Nationwide on the festive program which featured Horses bred in the State of Oregon.

THE MEMORIAL
Henry Craig won the top prize in the first featured dash of the day at 350 yards as the three year old son of one Sweet Jess stopped the clock in a time of 18:16 over the fast track under Jockey Eduardo Sosa. Henry Craig is Trained by The Meadows top Quarter Horse Trainer Hector Magallanes for Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch & Racing. Jesses Claim Ta Fame was second with L Bar D Genuine Red finishing third.

THE BAXTER ANDRUSS FUTURITY
Was the richest race of the day worth $28,350 for the 400 yard test. Top Qualifier CM Boom Shakalaka ruled supreme with a time of 20:07 for Trainer Nick Lowe and Owner Randy Dickerson. Jockey Luis Gonzalez guided the two year old son of Carters Cartel to victory ahead of runner-up CM Once In A Blue Moon who broke sharply in the early jumps.Corona B Gone was third.

THE OREGON HIS
Came down to a heated stretch battle as Gravel ran down Max The Kitty in the six furlong sprint. Owned by Lisa Baze & Jerry Carmody and Trained by Rigoberto Velasquez, Gavel closed from off the pace to win the $15,500 event with Leonel Camacho-Flores on board in a time of 1:12:22. Max The Kitty held second as Mario Karty was third.

THE LETHAL GRANDE OREGON SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP
Delineator Express mad his usual late footed charge to overcome the early pace in The Sprint Championship worth $15,500. The six year old son of Delineator races for Lisa Baze as Trainer Rigoberto Velasquez gave the leg up to Jose Zunino for the call. The bay gelding covered the six furlongs in a tim of 1:12:03 as he pulled away from runner-up Barbs Boo and third place finisher Salty Minnow. Leading Portland Meadows rider Jose Zunino booted home two wins on Championship Day.

THE PATRICK COSCROVE MEMORIAL STARTER HANDICAP
Laney’s Gold posted a mild upset in The Cosgrove Memorial at six furlongs in a time of 1:12:96. Owned by Robert Huston and Trained by Karen Huston, Kassie Guglielmino guided the five year old son of Salt Water to a deep stretch rally to win the dash. Heavily favored Rox The Fox was second as Alec’s Butte took third.

THE OREGON HERS
Furious Fire proved much the best in The Oregon Hers by rallying from off the pace under Jose Zunino in the six furlong contest. Owned by Carol & James Owens and Trained by Ben Root, the three year old daughter of Grindstone clocked in with a 1:13:15 in the sprint. Luckrules was runner-up as Staracrossthewater finished third. Furious Fire remains undefeated in four starts at Portland Meadows including two stakes wins.

THE JANET WINEBERG
Stay In Grace stayed unbeaten in three lifetime starts as Jockey Leonel Camacho-Flores picked off a double on the day atop the galloping winner. Stay In Grac went to the front and was never challenged in the $15,500 added race. Owned by Carol Duby and Trained by Linda Northam, the two year old filly by Understatement has dominated in all of her starts.

THE BILL WINEBERG
Grinning Tiger overcame stablemate Super Statement in the stretch run and held off Klondike Ike as well to win the five furlong affair. Owned by Nance, Smith, Eakin & Nance and Trained by Jonathan Nance, Jockey Javier Matias made the winning trip. The two year old son of Smiling Tiger stopped the clock in 59:44 for the quick run. Klondike Ike was second as Super Statement held third.

THE OREGON DISTAFF STARTER
Dolly’s Chestnut got the job done in the Distaff at six furlongs for the final event of the day in a time of 1:14:58. Owned by Oscar Holguin and Trained by Neil Knapp, Kevein Orozco was in the saddle for the victory. Dreamstone Cowgirl showed early speed and settle second as Excess R E managed third placing.