Portland Meadows to pay out $140,000 in purses on Portland Mile Day
The Portland Mile on Labor Day September 2nd is not only the richest race of the season at Portland Meadows boasting a purse of $35,000 added, but the entire card of racing will feature $140,000 in purses to be distributed.
“It’s going to be a great day for the track and for the horsemen here,” said Director of Racing Jerry Kohls. “Labor Day has become a day that many of the horsemen here point to because they know it’s a chance for their best horses to really earn some nice paydays.”
The eleven race card will kick off at 1:45pm (Pacific), with the third event kicking off the stakes action, the $8,000 Labor Day Handicap for Quarter Horses at 870 yards featuring Yin Your Eyes who won the $125,000 Distance Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos. The Thoroughbred stakes kick off the following race, as five two-year-old fillies will contest the $15,000 Catalina Harbor Stakes at five and one half furlongs. The Catalina Harbor drew a number of first time starters, with Parker’s Prospect a maiden breaking winner.
The $0.25 Pick 5 starts in race 5 as the $15,000 Tom Two Stakes drew seven three year old colts and geldings at six furlong including Jack the Pirate who has won two straight at Emerald Downs. The $15,000 Ex Mountain Cop Stakes for the two year old colts and geldings following right after in race 6 that drew an evenly matched field, including Arapahoe Park shipper Leo’s Lookin who comes into the race in very sharp form.
Nine three year old fillies will contest the $15,000 Jimbos Fire Ant Stakes in seventh event on the program. Bankers Brat comes into this race with three straight stakes wins at Boise for trainer Dru Hill. The older fillies and mares will run in race 8 in the $15,000 Silver Patrona Stakes at a mile. The Silver Patrona Stakes will begin the popular 14% take out Pick 4 that covers the final four races on the program. Carrabelle Harbor is the 3/2 favorite and races for owners Bar C Racing Stable, who owned and bred Silver Patrona, whom the race is named after.
The $35,000 Portland Mile will close out the stakes action in Race 9 and drew ten very solid entrants. It’s the 49th running of our signature race and post time is slated for 5:33pm (Pacific). Multiple Stakes winner Why Not Be Perfect is the 5/2 morning line choice, as he races for owners J.C. Racing Stable, who ran second in the Portland Mile last year with When We Met.
Portland Meadows is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.