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Mystacallie Races To Benefit Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund

September 30, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

When 3 year-old filly Mystacallie runs at Portland Meadows she’ll be running for more than just purse money, and she’ll be running for more than just owner Cookie Root. Mystacallie has been adopted as 95.5 The Game’s “The People’s Horse.” The Game and their listeners will be honorary owners of Mystacallie. As an honorary owner, listeners will get to experience all the benefits of owning a Thoroughbred, and none of the costs. Fans will get to go to the backside to watch morning workouts, stand in the paddock as the horse prepares to race, and share in the riches. Portland Meadows will match 100% of Mystacallie’s purse earnings through the 2008/2009 season and donate that amount to the charity of 95.5 The Game’s choice—The Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund.

Mystacallie is a lightly raced 3 year old filly that was bred in Oregon by Dr. and Mrs. Jack Root, Jr. Their son, Ben Root, trains the horse, and is very excited about Mystacallie’s chances at Portland Meadows this season. “She’s a young and inexperienced horse,” said Root. “But she’s got quite a bit of good early speed and we look for her to flourish as she continues to get experience.”

Mystacallie raced twice at Emerald Downs towards the end of the summer, and showed promising speed in both outings. Her first start she was a 37-to-1 longshot and was second for most of the race, but after being very wide on the turn, ended up finishing fifth. Her purse earnings for her fifth-place finish were $167, which was 2.5% of the $6,700 total purse. Mystacallie is expected to start in an Oregon-bred Maiden Special Weight on opening day at Portland Meadows, Sunday, October 5th.

All of the listeners and fans of 95.5 The Game are invited to partake in the activities that come along with being an honorary owner. This includes trips to the barn in the morning to watch training with Ben Root and even feeding Mystacallie her carrots! Track announcer Jason Beem will lead the visits to the backstretch and will work with Ben to keep all honorary owners abreast on how The People’s Horse is doing. To sign up for a backstretch visit, please contact Jason Beem. But the best part of being an honorary owner is being there in the afternoon, watching Mystacallie race in the silks of 95.5 The Game, and being in the winner’s circle if Mystacallie can outrun all of her competition. Listeners who come out to watch Mystacallie race will receive a complimentary winner’s circle photo Mystacallie whenever she wins.

Portland Meadows will match all earnings that Mystacallie accrues throughout the 2008-2009 season and donate the sum to The Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund. A horse’s earnings for a particular race depend on the total purse of that race, and the finishing position of the horse. A winning horse earns 55% of the total purse. Second-place is worth 20%, 3rd-15%, 4th-7.5%, and 5th-2.5%. The donation for the season will be made in a winner’s circle ceremony on closing day which is Tuesday March 24, 2009.

Here is a sample of her potential earnings for a race that she wins:

  • Purse of the race: $5,000

  • 55% winners share: $2,750

So, if Mystacallie wins a race with a $5,000 purse, Mystacallie’s owners earn $2,750, and The Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund receives a $2,750 donation!

All donations made to The Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fun will be donated in the name of the honorary owners, The Fans of 95.5 The Game. James Derby, Director of Programming for The Game is thrilled about the “People’s Horse.” “We’re very excited to be teaming up with Portland Meadows, and we will be rooting Mystacallie on for all of her starts,” said Derby. “We believe strongly in all that Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund does, and we hope that with Mystacallie’s help, we’ll have a great donation to give them at the end of the season.”

The Oregon National Guard Emergency Relief Fund provides support to guard members and their families in emergency situations, especially during periods of deployment. “We’re very flattered that 95.5 The Game and Portland Meadows are teaming up to help during such a challenging time,” said V.P. of Administration of the ERF Richard Wirfs. “We are sending out a brigade very soon, and donations during their conversion to active duty are very helpful.”

There will be a VIP section in the Turf Club for honorary owners from The Game and their families, as well as for members of the Oregon National Guard. Portland Meadows will waive the $3.00 Turf Club admission fee for the VIP seating area on days Mystacallie runs. There will be updates at both and about Mystacallie’s upcoming races and a running total of her earnings throughout the season.