Sunday Stakes Wrap-Up
Calypsonoted Romps in the Janet Wineberg Stakes
Calypsonoted was heavily backed in the wagering at 1/5 odds and looked like the easiest winner based on the form. But races are won on the track, and the two year old lived up to her billing as she romped home in the $15,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes on Sunday at Portland Meadows. Calypsonoted broke well from her outside post position under jockey Luis Torres, who settled his filly into stride in third through the opening quarter mile behind Sharazy and Troubadour Lass who set the early fractions. Calypsonoted pulled Torres up to engage the leaders at the three eighths pole, and they took command easily as they turned for home. From there it was just a matter of how far Torres wanted to win by, as Calypsonoted easily drew off to win by thirteen and three quarter lengths.
“She really just galloped today,” said Torres. “Eric (Jensen) told me to save some horse so she can come back on Oregon Championship Day on November 18th. He told me I didn’t have to win by ten or do anything fancy, but she was just galloping, I never let her go.”
The win for owner/trainer Eric Jensen, who bred the horse in Oregon, was especially significant as the race is named after his grandmother, Janet Wineberg.
“It’s really special to win this race for obvious reasons,” said Jensen. “She’s a very good filly and she was training so well up to this race, that I’m very happy with how she won.”
Calypsonoted stopped the clock in 1:13.59 seconds for the six furlongs and picked up $8,250 for the win. Calypsonoted finished thirteen and three quarter lengths in front of Shirazy who ran second, with Zalajandra finishing up in third.
Chicks Special Angel makes it 8 in a row; takes the Autumn Handicap
Chicks Special Angel made it eight straight winners as she once again dominated, taking the $7,000 Autumn Handicap on Sunday afternoon by a length and a quarter. Sent off as the 8/5 favorite in the field of ten, Chicks Special Angel got away slowly from the gate, but once she got on track, she turned it into gear and took command and slowly pulled away in the final yards. Genuine Korona finished up in second, just a head ahead of Just a Rumor who ran third.
“She’s been getting out slow in her last couple starts,” said winning rider Tad Skaggs, who has been aboard for four of her last five wins. “It’s like she wants to give them a head start or something. But she’s just such a nice filly. She runs straight as a string and I didn’t even have to hit her once during the race, she does it all on her own.”
Chicks Special Angel completed the 350 yards in a time of 17.90.