Racing News

Seven entered for the $20,000 Oregon Derby

Portland Meadows enters the final week of racing this season and the closing week headliner is the $20,000 Oregon Derby on Sunday. A field of seven runners was drawn for the one mile event that will be run as the 8th of 10 races on Sunday February 8th. The race is exclusively for three year-old Oregon bred runners.

Pick 5 carryover for Sunday February 8, 2015

A couple of long shots winning on Tuesday including 38 to 1 Bridlestone's Girl led to a Pick 5 carryover of $6,590.65 into Sunday's Oregon Derby Day card.  The Sunday February 8th card will kick off at 12:00pm (Pacific) and the Pick 5 will cover the final five races on the card.  The $20,000 Oregon Derby will be part of the Pick 5 sequence. 

Portland Meadows Pick 5 is a $0.20 base wager with a low 15% takeout rate and always covers the final five races on the card.  

Sportive wins the Portland Mile

While the fog prevented racing fans from seeing most of the race, the fog didn’t stop Sportive and jockey Javier Matias from winning the 47th running of the $37,400 Portland Mile. Sent off at odds of 9/2, Sportive ran a very similar race in the Portland Mile as he did when he won the East Lake Handicap last time out. 

Trainer Rody Barrett looking to guide Johnski to Portland Mile success

Johnski will be gunning for the biggest win of his career in the 47th running of the Portland Mile on Sunday January 25th. But it will also be the biggest start of his trainer Rody Barrett’s career. The career as a trainer is relatively new. The passion for horses, well that goes back a long way.  

 

Maddie's Gold trying to find his place in the Portland Mile

Maddie’s Gold will be making the final start of his Portland Meadows season on Sunday January 25th when he goes in the 47th running of the $35,000 Portland Mile. The recently turned four year-old was a sensation as a juvenile, but his second year at the races involved some bumpy roads and left his trainers Debbie Fergason and her husband Rolland scratching their heads on where their gelding belongs. 

Pick 4 carryover for Tuesday January 20th

Nobody could piece together all four winners in the Sunday Pick 4, so there is a carryover of $3,246 into the Tuesday January 20th racing program.  The Portland Meadows Pick 4 covers the final four races on the card and is a $1 base wager with a low 14% takeout rate.  

Velasquez looks to win Portland Mile to cap off career season

Trainer Rigoberto Velasquez is in the midst of his finest season as a horse trainer. Velasquez, who goes by the name Jesse, sits atop the Portland Meadows trainer standings with 35 wins, more than double his nearest competitor Sam Dronen who has 15 victories. Velasquez will look to add to that total in the 47th running of the $35,000 Portland Mile as he trains four of the ten nominees to the race. It would be a fitting end to what has been an incredible season for the 52 year-old conditioner.