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Can the filly One Fast Trick do what Smarty Jones couldn’t?


September 20, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Twyla Beckner and One Fast Trick heading for the winner's circle
(photo by Jeff Fisher Photography)
By Leah Nelson

On October 17, the two year old filly, One Fast Trick, will begin the final episode in her pursuit of becoming Oregon’s first Triple Crown Quarter Horse winner.
The final race in the Triple Crown series is the Northwest Open Futurity at Portland Meadows race track in Portland. Qualifying trials for the Northwest Open Futurity will be conducted on Sunday, October 17 with the finals set for Saturday, October 30.
One Fast Trick won the Portland Meadows Futurity last spring and the Fire Cracker Futurity at Grants Pass on July 4. If she wins the Northwest Open Futurity on October 30, she will become the first Oregon Quarter Horse Triple Crown winner and will receive a $100,000 cash bonus for her owner and trainer Ron Raley of Brush Prairie, Washington.
The Oregon Quarter Horse Racing Association established a Triple Crown program in partnership with Withnell Dodge, the major Dodge Dealership in Salem, Oregon, and principle supplier of Dodge trucks to owners and trainers throughout the region. Additional funding was provided by the Oregon Racing Commission’s HUB racing promotion fund.
Similar to the famous Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont triple crown, a $100,000 cash bonus will be paid to the two year old Quarter Horse that wins the Portland Meadows Futurity in the spring, the Fire Cracker Futurity at Grants Pass in July, and the Northwest Open Futurity in the fall at Portland Meadows.
One Fast Trick gave a hint of her brilliance by winning the Portland Meadows Futurity on April 17. She covered the 300 yards in 16.01 seconds with Portland Meadows leading jockey, Twyla Beckner, on board for the win.
While that was impressive, it was nothing like her return to the track in the Firecracker Futurity on July 4. Following a rather erratic trial performance, One Fast Trick drew the 7-hole for the finals. She broke on top of the field but was "reeled in" by second fastest qualifier, One Fast Okey, at about the halfway point. Later, owner Ron Raley made the comment that he “couldn’t breathe when they were halfway down the track.”
At about 250 yards, One Fast Trick caught high gear and drew away for a length win in nearly track record time of 17.56 seconds. After that performance and the time she posted, everyone was convinced that One Fast Trick is the real article; a first class runner who was truly threatening the insurance company with a $100,000 claim.
Tune in to Portland Meadows racing on Magna Entertainment’s Express Bet, or come out to the track on October 30 to see if One Fast Trick can complete the sweep of Oregon’s Triple Crown series and grab the first $100,000 cash prize for owner and trainer Ron Raley.