Oregon Championship Day Preview - Midda's Gold Touch
Midda’s Gold Touch hopes that third time is the charm on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino
Midda's Gold Touch shown winning the $10,000 Overnight Handicap at Portland Meadows on February 22, 2012
Midda’s Gold Touch has been a great addition to the Debbie Fergason barn over the last few seasons. She and husband Rolland have been owning and training racehorses in Oregon for decades and have had great success over the years at Portland Meadows, including success on Oregon Championship Day. They’ve won the day’s biggest event, now known as the Don Jackson Futurity and formerly run as the Oregon Futurity with Johnny Northern. They’ve won the Bill Wineberg Stakes with horses like Dr. Companion. And now it’s Midda’s Gold Touch’s turn as he’ll be trying for the third time to get a win on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino when he runs in the $12,500 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship on November 18th.
“He seems to prefer sprinting,” said Rolland Fergason. “He can route, in fact he put up the fastest route time of the last season, but his bread and butter is sprinting.”
Midda’s Gold Touch took a little time to figure the racing game out, and broke his maiden in his fourth career start at Portland Meadows back in November of 2010. He took his first run at an Oregon Championship Day stakes event just a month later when he ran third behind Shamundi in the Bill Wineberg Stakes. That race was their second time running against one another, as they have faced each other now 11 times over the past three years. Shamundi has finished ahead of Midda’s Gold Touch in 6 of those races, but Midda’s Gold Touch has gotten the best of Shamundi on five occasions.
“They really have had a very good rivalry,” said Rolland Fergason. “It’s too bad Shamundi wasn’t able to nominate for this race, but I’m sure he’ll be back.”
Midda’s Gold Touch’s second try at winning an Oregon Championship Day race came last season when he finished fourth in the Oregon His Stakes, beaten by HVR West Cascadian who beat Shamundi by a head that day.
Midda’s Gold Touch is a four times stakes winner at Portland Meadows including a win in last spring’s OHBPA Handicap going a mile. He came back this summer and made his debut in a very tough edition of the Inaugural Handicap and sputtered to a fifth place finish. He then dropped down into an allowance race his next time out on August 12th and finished a well beaten fourth.
“He really wasn’t liking the track here earlier in the meet,” said Debbie Fergason. “We sent him up to Emerald and he ran a really good second in a $20,000 open claimer and since he’s been back here at Portland Meadows he’s been back on his game.”
Midda’s Gold Touch comes into this race off a very good second place finish behind Shamundi in an allowance race.
“He was running hard in that race,” said jockey Mark Anderson. “He got stuck on the rail which isn’t his favorite place to be, and by the time I got him outside, he came running hard, but unfortunately, Shamundi was just really good that day. He stopped the clock in 1:10 flat for six furlongs, which is smoking here.”
Visiting Midda’s Gold Touch in the barn, he has a wonderful demeanor and is very friendly and had no problem being petted and loved. He’ll be trying to add to his resume when he runs in the $12,500 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship on Sunday November 18th as part of Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino.
“He’s such a super fun horse,” said Debbie Fergason. “He really likes his job.”