Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino - Wrap Up
Calysponoted was facing a daunting task on Sunday when she took on nine male rivals in the $25,000 Don Jackson Futurity on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino. Going around two turns for the first time in her career, the Eric Jensen home bred rewarded her backers with a three quarter length win. Jensen bred, trained and owns the winner.
“I had a lovely trip,” said winning jockey Anne Sanguinetti. “Eric told me to ride her like she was the best horse, so I rode her very confidently. I ended up on a good path on the rail early on with the other horses to her outside. She wasn’t intimidated at all. I wanted to wait because I thought that horse on the lead would get tired. My horse got a little tired, but she was stubborn and really wanted it.”
Calypsonoted stalked Captainnotsober from fourth early on as the leader set fractions of 23.55 seconds for the opening quarter and 47.10 for the half mile. Sanguinetti closed in progressively on the turn and came on level terms at the top of the stretch with Captainnotsosober. Those two battled all the way to the wire, with Calypsonoted prevailing.
Calypsonoted ($9.60) completed the mile in 1:41.66 and finished three quarters of a length ahead of Captainnotsosober who ran second. Jack The Pirate closed up for third, while favored Cantchaco had a very wide trip and finished a well beaten ninth.
The $12,500 Oregon His was a big upset as Lari’s Lil Larry scored a 23/1 upset win, outdueling Kodye’s King late to win by a head. Lari’s Lil Larry ($49.00) and jockey Joe Crispin sat off the early pace as Kodye’s King had to battle with the heavy 1/5 favorite LG Jet early on. LG Jet had difficulty with the final turn and started to lug out, just as Lari’s Lil Larry started to make his move. He came right up alongside Kodye’s King at the furlong pole, and never more than a head separated them for the final furlong. Lari’s Lil Larry is owned and trained by Jerry Lynn and was bred in Oregon by Cindy Hoover.
“That horse just took off with me,” said jockey Joe Crispin. “He settled into a really nice stride and just kept pulling me up until we finally got to that leader. The leader dug in so we had to work to push by, but my horse got the job done.”
Midda’s Gold Touch proved one of the easiest winners of the day as he and Mark Anderson cruised to a facile win at 1/5 odds. Midda’s Gold Touch broke a step slow but went right to the lead and never looked back to win by four and three quarter lengths over Snowbound Hero and Ricky Ricky who ran second and third. Midda’s Gold Touch was bred by his owners Hurliman Enterprises and trained by Rolland and Debbie Fergason.
“He’s so awesome and classy,” said jockey Mark Anderson. “Rolland (Fergason) was washing out and so nervous in the paddock before the race, but by the time we got back he was breathing easy.”
In the $12,500 Oregon Hers Stakes it was heavily favored Stopin Memo who won a hard fought stretch battle with early pacesetter Bahati Gold to get the win. Stopin Memo ($3.40) came into the race with three straight wins and made it four in a row in the Oregon Hers, prevailing by a head in 1:40.04 seconds for the one mile event. Bahati Gold finished up in second with Baquaduck rounding out the trifecta. Stopin Memo picked up $6,875 for her efforts and is owned by Donna Jensen whose son Eric Jensen bred the runner. Steve Fisher trained the winner.
“It was a good trip,” said jockey Javier Matias. “I tried to go out a couple times, but I ended up making the choice to stay on the rail. Bahati Gold got to go pretty slow early and she was really tough to get by in the stretch.”
Jockey Anne Sanguinetti was unseated at the four and one half furlong marker when her mount Solar Boots looked to take an awkward step of some sort. Both Sanguinetti and Solar Boots were uninjured, as the horse ran on with the pack and Sanguinetti walked off under her own power.
News and Notes…..Smart as Jim and Ziggy Zack won their respective divisions of the Spirit Mountain Casino Starter Handicaps which were run as races five and six on the card……Color Me Tuff took home the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Starter Handicap…….Jockey Charlie Allen scored a victory aboard Grammy’s Spitfire who qualified for the finals of the Baxter Andruss Futurity on December 2nd. Allen lost 85 pounds over the last year to be able to ride Grammy’s Spitfire.