Oregon Championship Day Recap
Oregon Championship Day was filled with big performances all day long, including LG Jet who took home the $15,000 Bill Wineberg Stakes on Sunday. Sent off as the heavy 1 to 5 favorite, LG Jet ($2.60) went right to the lead under jockey Luis Torres and set very reasonable fractions in the early going as he led Suesawme in the early going. Midway on the far turn, LG Jet opened up a big lead and continued to dominate through the stretch, winning by an easy two and a half lengths over a late closing Slew the Cat who ran second and Suesawme finished third. LG Jet was bred by Leonard Hammrich and owned by Georganne Hammrich for trainer John Harris.
The stakes action started in race 4 as HVR West Cascadian won a hard fought edition of the $10,000 Oregon His Stakes. Always prominent, HVR West Cascadian and Rocco Bowen was a little bit rank early on but settled into stride. HVR West Cascadian got the lead at the quarter pole over favored Midda’s Gold Touch, but that runner would dig in along with Shamundi as those three battled down the lane. Shamundi actually took the lead in mid-stretch, but HVR West Cascadian battled back to score a win for owner/trainer Chris Hartman. HVR West Cascadian was the biggest upset on the card as he returned $61.80 for a $2 win ticket.
Race 5 was the Janet Wineberg and it was maybe the closest finish of the day, as Forty Something prevailed in a long stretch battle with Bahati Gold to win by a nose. Forty Something was the 4/5 favorite and returned $3.60 for the win, but a hard fought win it was, as Juan Gutierrez got everything out of the 2 year old Ben Root trainee. Bahati Gold finished in second while Kenzie Carolina finished a strong third in her debut run. Forty Something is owned by Cookie Root and Dean and Lois Vogt and was bred by Dr. Jack Root.
The Oregon Hers produced another nose victory, only this time it was Missisissy ($42.80) and Joe Crispin who got up in the final jump to beat heavily favored Kate Winsalot. Kate Winsalot looked to have the race in hand at the eighth pole, but fatigue set in late and she began to drift out late and when she did that, Missisissy got up for the narrow win. Kate Winsalot finished second a head in front of Legendary Madame who ran third. Missisissy was owned, bred, and trained by Lyle Magnuson.
The Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship saw He’s a Goblin score in easy fashion going wire to wire under jockey Mark Anderson. Sent off as the 4/5 favorite, He’s a Goblin ($3.60) opened up a big lead and never looked back, scoring for owners/breeders Jim Fergason and Jeri Johnson.
News and Notes…..Tad Skaggs swept the early double taking both Quarter Horse races, first with A Dashing Wind at 12 to 1 and race 2 with Catlow Rim who was the 6/5 favorite. The Tad Skaggs early double paid $23.30 for a dollar……..Marijo Terleski took both starter handicaps on the day, winning with Cheeky Joey ($16.60) in the Distaff Starter and with Smoken Sham ($9.20).