Seattle Sailor Boy and Oregon Championship Day go hand in hand
Seattle Sailor Boy is a nine year old veteran who knows his way around Portland Meadows. In his fifty one race career, forty seven times he has gone to post here at Portland Meadows, earning eight local wins as well as twelve other on the board finishes and over $41,000 in career earnings. He’s been a participant on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino four times now and will be making his fifth showing this Sunday when he runs in the Spirit Mountain Casino Starter Handicap as part of the big day on November 18th. Racing out of the barn of trainer Roger Stevenson for owner Terry Detz, Stevenson talks about his nine year old runner with great praise.
“He’s just a good working class horse,” said Stevenson. “If you look at his past performances he was pretty much given every summer off during his career and fifty one starts isn’t that many for a nine year old, and I think that’s a big reason why he’s still in the game and still running so hard.”
Seattle Sailor Boy was raced by trainer Leroy Twiggs for the first many years of his career, as his wife was also one of the breeders of the horse. Seattle Sailor Boy didn’t get started racing until his three year old year and broke his maiden at Portland Meadows in his third career start.
It wasn’t until his four year old season that he showed up in his first Oregon Championship Day race, the Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship in 2007. He ran a solid third that day behind Brave Hearted and Hunt For Glory who were both huge favorites in that spot. Seattle Sailor Boy was back in the Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship in 2008 and ran another third, chasing the beast Ex Mountain Cop who dominated that afternoon as he did on many occasions. His next try on Oregon Championship Day in 2009 saw him finish a disappointing ninth in an Oregon Starter Stakes.
Seattle Sailor Boy continued racing in claiming events throughout 2010 and 2011 when on November 22, 2011, Detz and Stevenson reached in and claimed the nine year old for $3,200.
“We claimed him specifically to run him on Oregon Championship Day,” said Stevenson. “He ran a dull fifth that day, but since then he’s had a very useful season for us.”
So far in 2012 under Stevenson’s care, Seattle Sailor Boy has racked up three wins and three other on the board finishes for over $10,000 in earnings. A speed horse for much of his career, Seattle Sailor Boy now generally employs a stalking style.
“I think as he’s gotten older, he’s maybe lost a step or two of his early speed,” said Stevenson. “But I think that’s a good thing because it allows him not to use himself up early and he’s shown a good closing kick. He’s the kind of horse that’s always going to try and always going to leave his best race out on the track. He’s never going to cheat you on effort, and that’s really all we can ask of him.”
Seattle Sailor Boy will be running in the Spirit Mountain Casino Starter Handicap which will be run on Sunday November 18th. It will be the fifth time that Seattle Sailor Boy will be running on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino, and with his durability and heart, it might not be the last time.