PORTLAND MEADOWS CELEBRATES 73 YEARS

PORTLAND MEADOWS CELEBRATES 73 YEARS

PORTLAND MEADOWS CELEBRATES 73 YEARS
By Tom Harris 9-17-18

The season of racing is getting ready for action at Portland Meadows as the September 30th opening day draws near. The track opened for training earlier this month as horses are beginning to settle in for the Wintertime Pacific Northwest home of racing. The traditional Opening Day feature will be the $12,000 Inaugural Stakes at five and one half furlongs. The Oregon Championship Day will highlight the program on December 16th and of course The $25,000 Portland Mile on January 27th. There will be many familiar names returning for the 2018-19 season including last year’s leader Jonathan Nance. Previous title holder Rigoberto Velasquez is also slated to return as well as this year’s Longacres Mile winning Trainer Howard Belvoir. Also expected is veteran Trainer Neil Knapp and Robbie Baze who trains last year’s Portland Mile winner Grinder Sparksaglo. Oregon based Trainers Nick Lowe and Ben Root are slated to return as well. Former jockey turned Trainer Jorge Rosales will also be back.

As the race horses begin to take up residency at Portland Meadows, so do the various members of the barn like this goat who is settling in to his wintertime home. Typical farm animals are commonly found at the barn area to create a comfortable atmosphere for the race horses and perhaps, their handlers too!(Photo-Ken Peery)

Also returning to Portland Meadows will be many of the usual Jockeys such as veteran Jose Zunino, Lorenzo Lopez as well as Javier Matias and Jennifer Whitaker. It’s not known yet whether or not Kevin Orozco will do double duty again between Golden Gate and Portland, however Nathan Haar is expected to return after coming off of a season ending injury last year. Haar has been based at Arapaho Park just outside of Denver and rides primarily for trainer Jonathan Nance. Haar was also atop the leaderboard when he suffered his injury that sidelined him for the rest of the meet in 2017.