Ten runners set to go in the $25,000 Don Jackson Futurity on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino

Ten runners set to go in the $25,000 Don Jackson Futurity on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino

Final entries were taken on Thursday for Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino at Portland Meadows, with ten runners entered into the $25,000 feature event, the Don Jackson Futurity for two year olds. Bill Wineberg Stakes winner Cantchaco as well as Janet Wineberg Stakes winner Calypsonoted lead a cast of well-established runners in the Don Jackson. Both are undefeated however both are trying a two turn race for the first time, as the Don Jackson Futurity is a one mile race.

“The distance concerns me,” said Calypsonoted’s trainer Eric Jensen. “She’s bred more to be a sprinter, but we’re going to give her a try against the boys on Sunday.”

Not to be overlooked in the Don Jackson Futurity is Captainnotsosober who was dominant in his career bow and ran a good second behind Cantchaco in the Bill Wineberg Stakes. Luis Torres had the mount on both Calypsonoted and Captainnotsosober in their last races, electing to go with Captainnotsosober in the Don Jackson. Anne Sanguinetti will take over the mount on Calypsonoted.

“He seemed a little off before that race,” said Captainnotsosober’s trainer Patti Harris. “Cantchaco was really tough that day, but I think we’ll be just fine at a mile distance.”

Trainer Ben Root will send out four of the ten runners in the Don Jackson Futurity. Van Glorious comes off a third place finish in the Bill Wineberg Stakes while stable-mate Jack The Pirate was a late closing fourth that day, and came back to break his maiden in impressive fashion next start out. Root has also entered recent maiden breaker Maximatic and maiden Stately Skyshooter.

The stakes action on Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino kicks off with the $12,500 Oregon Hers Stakes as race 4. Six three year old fillies will go the mile including probable favorite Stopin Memo who comes into this race with three straight wins, the last two of which were against allowance and male competition. Alltheway Heather has won two straight for leading trainer Jonathan Nance and leading jockey Luis Torres. Bahati Gold was second in the Janet Wineberg last year on Oregon Championship Day and won the Oregon Ms. Stakes at a mile last season and is coming into this race off a claiming win.

The Don Jackson Futurity goes as race 7 with race 8 being the Oregon His Stakes for three year old colts and geldings. LG Jet, last year’s dominant two year old at Portland Meadows will be making his return start off nine month layoff. He has four wins in his five race career including winning the Bill Wineberg Stakes last year on Oregon Championship Day and the Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders’ Derby at a mile in his last start.

“We’re a little concerned about the distance off a layoff,” said trainer Patti Harris. “But I’m glad we can run him against straight three year olds, instead of against older horses sprinting.”

He’s a Goblin is back to defend his title in the Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship which goes off as race 9. He’s a Goblin won some small stakes at the Oregon Fairs and Boise this summer and came back to PM just last month and ran a solid third last out in the Mioland Starter Handicap, behind Ricky Ricky who he will see again on Sunday. Midda’s Gold Touch looms the horse to beat as his sprinting ability and speed make him very dangerous in this spot.

Oregon Championship Day presented by Spirit Mountain Casino kicks off at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific) on Sunday November 18th.