Stopin Memo coming into her own as Oregon Championship Day approaches
Stopin Memo’s career almost never got off the ground. The three year old filly now resides in the barn of trainer Steve Fisher and has won three races in a row heading into Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino on Sunday November 18th. However, her early problems and her good bloodlines almost made her strictly a broodmare prospect
“She was having some shin issues early on and couldn’t get started as a two year old,” said Fisher. “Eric Jensen who bred her and her mom was thinking about just breeding her and not racing her.”
The mom Fisher is referring to is Flying Memo. Fisher trained her as well and she was a track record holder at Hastings Park for three and one half furlongs, when she won her debut by nearly six lengths and stopped the clock in 39.40. Flying Memo went on to compete and win against allowance/optional claimer types at Hastings and Emerald before an injury cut short her career.
Stopin Memo came along out of Flying Memo on March 23, 2009 and with her shin issues and other problems, didn’t get started racing until February 6th of this year. After finishing a good third in her debut, Stopin Memo struggled in her two subsequent starts, finishing fifth beaten twenty five lengths in the Oregon Ms. Stakes and then finishing sixth beaten eighteen lengths against maiden special weight company. After that she was given the spring off.
“She was a pretty nervous filly,” said Fisher. “My wife Jacqui (Navarre) did a lot of work with this horse and spent a lot of time with her trying to get her to relax and focus.”
The other partner in the equation was jockey Luis Torres, who spent a lot of time with Stopin Memo in the mornings and during workouts.
“Luis did a fantastic job and did a ton of work with her to get her to relax,” said Fisher. “It just seemed to always work out that he had another call each time her races would come up.”
Stopin Memo came into the Summer Meet at Portland Meadows a brand new horse and finished a strong second against state-bred maidens in her first start of the season. Then she crushed her rivals in her next start, breaking the maiden by five and one quarter lengths. Her next pair of starts resulted in back to back allowance wins, both with Javier Matias on board and both against male competition.
“Javier seems to fit this horse pretty well,” said Fisher. “Jacqui said we should run her against the boys and it worked out well both times.”
Stopin Memo next has a date in the $12,500 Oregon Hers Stakes on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino on Sunday November 18th. The race is set for a mile distance, something Stopin Memo has only tried once in her career, that being the fifth place finish in the Ms. Stakes.
“She seems to rate pretty well,” said Fisher. “I don’t have any reservations about her not getting the distance. I think she’ll be just fine. With an Oregon-bred you really do have to point towards the races on Oregon Championship Day, but you have to make sure to get enough seasoning into the horse beforehand.”
Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino will be run on Sunday November 18th and post time is 1pm (pacific).