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Zilver and Defend Liberty will battle it out in Leg 2 of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series on Wednesday 11/6

Zilver and Defend Liberty will battle it out in Leg 2 of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series on Wednesday 11/6

Zilver and Defend Liberty have been made co-favorites at 3/1 on the morning line as they headline the second of two divisions of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series on Wednesday November 6th at Portland Meadows. Zilver swept through the McFadden Memorial Claiming Series last year and he dominated his first leg race. He was claimed last out by trainer Mark Jones for $2,500 who will send him out in Leg 2, which is a $3,200 claiming event at five and one half furlongs. Defend Liberty will break just to the outside of Zilver and is coming off a wire to wire score last time out. They should be doing some serious battling for the early lead, which could set up for a closer like The Bien’s Gift who was an off the pace winner in his division of Leg 1. This certainly looks like the tougher of the two divisions with three Leg 1 winners in the field.

The first division of Leg 2 is carded as race 7 and features Wheels of Fire who was a winner in his division of Leg 1. Wheels of Fire wasn’t claimed, so trainer Dru Hall will send this runner out once again in Leg 2. Wheels of Fire went wire to wire in Leg 1, but he could take some early heat from horses like Mr. Top Kat and Declan Downs, both of whom have pretty good early gas. Escaping the Storm was popular at the claim box in Leg 1 and will run for his new conditioner Carol Duby. Escaping the Storm drew the outside post and jockey Luis Torres is back on board.

Here is the point system for the first two legs of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series. The top 12 point earners from the first two legs will be eligible for the Final, and horses must compete in both the first two legs to run in the Final.

1st Place—5 points
2nd Place—4 points
3rd Place—3 points
4th Place—2 points
5th Place—1 point

The two divisions of the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series are carded as races 7 and 8, with post time for the 7th at 2:52pm (Pacific). First post at Portland Meadows is 12pm (Pacific).

Here are the point standings after Leg 1 for the McFadden Memorial Sprint Claiming Series:
1. Defend Liberty, 5
1. Zilver, 5
1. Wheels of Fire, 5
1. The Bien's Gift, 5
5. Hit the Juice, 4
5. Slew The Cat, 4
5. Bosco's Qwik, 4
5. Smart As Jim, 4
9. Bad Boy K, 3
9. Fighting City Hall, 3
9. Buck's Bro, 3
9. Twist My Kazoo, 3
13. Swiss Lightning, 2
13. Ezinmotion, 2
13. Mr. Top Kat, 2
13. Escaping the Storm, 2
17. My Man's No Lady, 1
17. One Lucky Hoss, 1
17. Tanner's Event, 1
17. Cool Comic, 1