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Shamundi Gets Up Late to win the inaugural handicap

Shamundi Gets Up Late to win the inaugural handicap

Shamundi gets up late to win the Inaugural Handicap

Shamundi rallied from off the pace to get up in the final fifty yards to win the $10,000 Inaugural Handicap before a huge crowd at Portland Meadows on Opening Day. Sent off as the 7/2 second choice, Shamundi stayed back early as Memo to Mya and So Gone dueled with each other for much of the race, through strong early fractions. As the field turned for home, Memo To Mya and So Gone continued at each other, with Shamundi a length behind. Meanwhile heavily favored Majestic Afleet came up empty and faded to fourth. But under urging from jockey Rocco Bowen, Shamundi got up late to catch So Gone and get the win. So Gone finished up in second with Memo to Mya completing a trifecta that returned $109.70.

It was the sixth win of Shamundi’s career, with all six victories having occurred at Portland Meadows. He’s never been off the board in 15 career starts at Portland Meadows. Shamundi was bred in Oregon by Dr. Jack Root and his wife Cookie, who also owns the horse. Their son trainer Ben Root conditions the horse along with assistant trainer Kim Wales. Shamundi returned $9.40 for the win and bumped up his career earnings to just shy of $75,000.

News and Notes….Jockey Luis Torres jumped right out to the lead in the rider standings as he rattled off four winners on the day. He swept both Quarter Horse events on the day he was presented with his trophy and jacket for being the leading Quarter Horse rider of the 2011-12 Meet…….Trainers Juan Sanguino (Leading QH 2011-12) and Felimon Alvarado (Leading TB 2011-12) both picked up wins in addition to receiving their honors for their title’s the previous meet……Anne Sanguinetti who rode at Portland full time back in 2006 returned to Portland Meadows and picked up a riding double…..Total handle for the day was $217,145 for the 9 race card, with $64,527 bet on track.