Swiss Exploit sweeps the Route Claiming Series, takes the $25,000 Final
Swiss Exploit has spent most of his career as a sprinter, but he certainly proved he’s an able router as he scored an impressive win in the $25,000 Route Claiming Series Final on Wednesday at Portland Meadows. Sent off as the 2/1 favorite, Swiss Exploit broker perfectly but was reigned in by jockey Javier Matias who yielded to Castle Pines to set the early fractions. Castle Pines stayed on the lead through pretty quick fractions of 23.65 for the opening quarter and 47.69 for the opening half mile of the 10 furlong event. Swiss Exploit was however cut loose by Matias at the 3/8ths pole and quickly opened up a big lead. As they came into the stretch, it looked all but over, until General Joe came bursting out of the pack to move into a challenging position. But Swiss Exploit had plenty left for the drive as Matias and he opened up to win by three and three quarter lengths.
It was the third straight win for Swiss Exploit who took both of his divisions of Leg 1 and Leg 2 of the Route Claming Series for then trainer Jonathan Nance. But new trainer Dave Runyon claimed Swiss Exploit out of Leg 2 for $4,000 and the investment was quickly returned, as Runyon and his wife Patty who own the horse pocked the $10,000 winner’s share. General Joe finished up in 2ndwith 90 to 1 shot Tribute to Sissy rallying up for third. Watch Your Money got up for fourth and completed a $.10 Superfecta that returned $2,461.91.
News and Notes…..Midda’s Gold Touch took home the $10,000 OHBPA Overnight Handicap, rallying from just off the pace under jockey Mark Anderson……Trainer Nick Lowe celebrated his 50thbirthday in style as he had three winners on the card……Trainer Jim Fergason also had three winners while jockey Joe Crispin won four.