Portland Mile Day Recap - Deacon Speakin’ repeats in the Portland Mile
Deacon Speakin’ repeats in the Portland Mile
Deacon Speakin’ became just the second horse in Portland Mile history to win the race back to back, as he stormed home to an impressive three quarter length victory in the $35,000 Portland Mile on Monday. He joins Tall Ben who won the race in 1971 and 1972 as the only two time winners. Sent off as the 4/1 second choice, Deacon Speakin’ broke from the outside gate under leading jockey Luis Torres. Deacon Speakin’ sat back in the early going as See Ya Later Slew set a torrid pace of 22.80 for the opening quarter and 46.41 for the half mile. Torres kept Deacon Speakin’ in the clear as they went to the far turn and decided to go outside of the tiring pace setters. Meanwhile, favored When We Met took the shortest way home, going to the inside and setting up a stretch battle with Deacon Speakin’. Deacon Speakin’ got first run and came into the stretch with the lead and When We Met just couldn’t push past him in the end. The top two finishers were thirteen and a half lengths ahead of Lesson in Deceit who ran on for third. The final time was 1:37.08 for the one mile distance.
Deacon Speakin’ ($10.00) won the 2011 Portland Mile in much the same way as this year’s running, coming from off the pace, and it’s a race his owner and breeder Paul Hagemann had kept his eye on.
“I have pointed towards this race since last year when he won it,” said Hagemann. “He just ran nine days ago down at Golden Gate Fields and I was worried someone might claim him for the $25,000. But they didn’t and I think it set him up well for this race. He came up here and Steve (trainer Steve Fisher) paddocked him twice and schooled him in the gate pretty much each day since he got here a week ago, since he has some problems at the gate.”
Deacon Speakin’ loaded in with a blanket on him as he strode into the gate. He balked at the first attempt, but went right in the second time, something trainer Steve Fisher said he was happy with.
“We wanted to make sure to get him to the paddock and the gate a lot this week,” said Fisher. “We didn’t want to leave any stone unturned with him.”
With the win, Fisher became just the second trainer in track history to win the Portland Mile three times, the other being Jonathan Nance. Fisher won with Deacon Speakin’ in 2011 and now 2012, and also won the race in 2001 with Chinquapin Charlie.
“I really left the trip today up to Luis, as I have full confidence in him,” said Fisher. “He sure seems to like this sand, but from that outside draw we didn’t want to push him to fast to early. Luis let him find his rhythm and it worked out great.”
The win was the seventh career victory for Deacon Speakin’ and pushes his earnings to up over $188,000. Owner Paul Hagemann who bred Deacon Speakin’ spoke about the horse after the race.
“It’s like watching one of your kids or your grandkids succeed,” said Hagemann. “I was there when this horse was born and I’m so proud of him. Steve and Jacqui (Fisher) have just done such a wonderful job with this horse.”
Shakereadynroll makes it three in a row in the Tom Two Invitational
Shakereadynroll is on a roll as he won his third straight race, taking the $10,000 Tom Two Invitational on Monday afternoon. Sent off at 9/2 in the wagering, Shakereadynroll ($11.00) was kept close up under jockey Mark Anderson throughout the early going and they made their move on the far turn, with a four wide sweeping run after the lead. Favored Perusethenews joined Shakereadynroll momentarily, but couldn’t stay with the winner, as Shakereadynroll drew off to win by a length and three quarters in the end. Perusethenews finished second with Mark of Mischief fading to third after setting the early pace.
Bound to Win bounds to a win in the Ex Mountain Cop Invitational
Bound to Win turned in a memorable debut victory on Monday afternoon as she dominated the Ex Mountain Cop Invitational, winning by five and one quarter lengths. Bound To Win was part of a pressure filled first quarter mile where he battled with Gone Clever and Thatsthatabouthat through a fast 22.97 opening fraction. But jockey Marijo Terleski just kept on going with Bound To Win who drew clear throughout the stretch pulling of a 13/1 upset and paying $29.00 to win. Elite’s Dream was the 6/5 favorite and finished up in second while Return It got up for third. Bound To Dream is owned/trained and bred by Cliff Balcom.
Quinette takes the Silver Patrona for leading connections
Quinette made short work of her competitors on Monday afternoon as she romped over her three rivals, winning the Silver Patrona Invitational by two and three quarter lengths. Quinette pressed the pace early on set by Five Silver Stars, but leading jockey Luis Torres elected to drop back off of that rival until the three eighths pole, when he commenced his rally. Quinette was the 3/5 favorite and paid $2.60 for a $2 win ticket, while Celinderella closed from last place to get up and finish second, while Five Silver Stars could only manage third. The win was the sixth career score from just thirteen starts for Quinette who has now earned over $43,000 in her career for owners Elite Racing. Leading trainer Jonathan Nance was the winning conditioner.
Lady Aragorn runs them down late to take the Jimbos Fire Ant Invitational
Lady Aragorn got a perfect set up and pounced on her rivals to take the $10,000 Jimbos Fire Ant Invitational for three year old fillies. Sent off as the 5/2 second choice in a field of five, jockey Mark Anderson had to have been smiling when Alltheway Heather and Tannersmillionaire both took off after the lead and went through a very taxing speed duel for the first 6 furlongs of the trip. As the field neared the quarter pole it became clear that those leaders were tiring and as they did, Anderson guided Lady Aragorn to the clear on the outside and they never looked, drawing off down the lane to win by four and one half lengths over Forty Something who also passed the tiring duo up front. Tannersmillionaire finished third. Lady Aragorn is owned by Art McFadden and is trained by Jim Fergason.
Lucky Royal Rabbit takes the Labor Day Handicap
Lucky Royal Rabbit had to work hard for the lead early on in the 870 yard $7,000 Labor Day Handicap, but she held them all off to win. Sent off as the 2/1 second choice, Lucky Royal Rabbit and Debbie Hoonan burst right to the front but were quickly joined by Cosmic Clash and those two set off on a two horse match race through the first quarter mile. Lucky Royal Rabbit gradually pulled ahead of that rival at the top of the lane and held off a late challenge from CR Isle Be Baq to win by two and a half lengths. Debbie Hoonan was on board for trainer Nick Lowe for owner/breeder Lee Markholt. Final time for the 870 yards was