Twenty Seven Runners Entered for the 1st Leg of the Oregon H.B.P.A Route Claiming Series
Twenty seven runners will compete in three separate divisions of Leg 1 of the Oregon H.B.P.A. Route Claiming Series that kicks off on Sunday afternoon at Portland Meadows. All three races will be run at one mile and one sixteenth and all horses are up for a $2,500 claiming price. The Oregon H.B.P.A. Route Claiming Series is a three part series, with Leg 1 being a $2,500 claimer run this Sunday October 28th, Leg 2 will be a $4,000 claimer run at one mile and one eighth on November 17th. The top 12 point earners from the first two legs will be eligible for the final which will be run on Closing Day of the 2012 season, Sunday December 9th and will be at one mile and one quarter and featuring a $20,000 purse. Here is the point system that horses will earn in Leg’s 1 and 2:
1st Place—5 points
2nd Place-4 points
3rd Place-3 points
4th Place-2 points
5th Place-1 point
The first division of Leg 1 will feature nine runners including Strikingly Sinful and Who’s Your Next Ex. Strikingly Sinful was competing strongly on the Northern California circuit before coming to Portland Meadows on September 26th and scoring a solid win in a mile $1,600 claiming event. Marijo Terleski was on board that day and will once again ride on Sunday.
“He had a nice easy trip on the lead in his first start here,” said trainer Jonathan Nance. “I think there is some other speed in on Sunday, but I think he can lay off the pace if he needs to.”
Who’s Your Next Ex is a former stakes winner at Portland Meadows and will be running for the lowest claiming tag of his career. He comes out of a third place finish in an open $4,000 event that saw both the winner and second place finishers come back and win.
Division two is race 8 on the card and features a number of recent winners including Awesome Toccet who employed a sensational last to first move to win a $3,200 claiming event just last weekend. Connie Doll will once again be on board for owner/trainer Rico Troiani. Over and Under will come into the race off just 4 days rest after scoring a very hard fought victory at a mile in a $2,500 claiming event on Wednesday afternoon. Trainer Charlie Essex has tabbed Debbie Hoonan to ride this runner on Sunday, as Luis Torres has opted to ride Formula Gold for leading trainer Jonathan Nance. Formula Gold has a win and a second place finish from two starts at Portland Meadows. Twelve year old veteran Colonel Courtney will be making the 119th start of his career in Leg 1 of the Oregon H.B.P.A. Route Claiming Series and will be looking for his 29th career win. He has over $400,000 in career earnings.
The third and final division will go off as the 9th and final race of the afternoon. The third division looks to be the toughest of the three divisions, with some talented proven routers lining up. Doctor Pav comes into this race with two straight victories and even won one of the divisions of Leg 1 of last season’s Route Claiming Series.
“Doctor Pav has a ton of personality,” said his rider Anne Sanguinetti who is riding three horses for trainer Rigoberto Velasquez in the Route Claiming Series. “He’s just super adaptable. He doesn’t need any particular kind of set up or post position to run his race.”
Castle Pines was also a contender in last season’s Route Claiming Series as he won both his first and second Leg races, but couldn’t make the 10 furlong distance in the final, as he was beaten by Swiss Exploit. Castle Pines has struggled since a 15 length victory back on July 25th, but is always dangerous on the front end as he gets some class relief down to the $2,500 level. Overtime Victory is a deep closer who usually finds himself about 20 or 25 lengths off the pace in the midpoint of his races. But he always comes running late and has two wins going long so far this season. Both Enrollment and Big Dave L are also coming into Leg 1 of the Route Claiming Series off of victories.
The Oregon H.B.P.A Route Claiming Series will kick off on Sunday afternoon and Leg 1 is split up among three divisions that will be run as races 7,8, and 9. First post on Sunday is 1pm (Pacific).