Swiss Exploit and Mamoonya will square off in the $15,000 OHBPA Route Claiming Series Final
Both Mamoonya and Swiss Exploit both swept through the first two legs of the OHBPA Route Claiming Series this year. Both times they drew in opposite divisions, but they will finally meet in $15,000 Final on Wednesday to decide who is the best router in the series. The race will be conducted at a mile and one quarter, the longest race of the season at Portland Meadows. Swiss Exploit is a perfect one for one at the distance, because he won the Final of this series back in 2012.
Swiss Exploit (Pictured at right with It's Our Pleasure on the outside) had fallen on hard times for much of this season as he didn’t finish better than fourth in his first four starts of the meet. But he woke up in Leg 1 of the Route Claiming Series, rallying from off the pace under jockey Javier Matias to get up and win by a neck. Matias sent Swiss Exploit to the front in Leg 2 and they went wire to wire, just holding off a late rush by It’s Our Pleasure and winning by a head. Swiss Exploit was claimed out of Leg 2 for $3,200 by trainer Jonathan Nance who will saddle the horse for the Final.
Mamoonya also was claimed out of his Leg 2 win, ironically by trainer Dave Runyon, who was the trainer of Swiss Exploit before the horse was claimed away from him just one race before he grabbed Mamoonya. Mamoonya has employed a stalk and pounce style in both of his wins in the preliminary legs of the Route Claiming Series and don’t be surprised if jockey Leonel Camacho-Flores sticks with that strategy.
Shakereadynroll will also get some attention at the windows as he’s been second in both of his tries in the preliminary legs. He wasn’t claimed in either of the first two legs, so he’ll once again be trained by Jim Fergason and ridden by jockey Jorge Rosales. It’s Our Pleasure drew down on the inside for the Final and was flying late last time when he finished second behind Swiss Exploit. He’ll be making his first try at a mile and a quarter, but he’s loved Portland Meadows in his career with two wins and four seconds from just seven starts.
The $15,000 Final of the OHBPA Route Claiming Series is carded as race 7 on the Wednesday December 4th card with a post time of 2:52pm (Pacific). First post at Portland Meadows is 12:00pm (Pacific).