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Entries set for Oregon Championship Day on Sunday December 12th


December 10, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Portland Meadows presents one of its signature events of the season, Oregon Championship Day this Sunday December 12th. The special Sunday of live racing gets under way at 12:40 p.m., with a ten-race card of Oregon-breds. As part of the festivities, Portland Meadows presents a buffet in the Turf Club, the Best of Oregon Brew Fest and Fair in the Clubhouse, and will give away 200 pairs of Portland Trail Blazers Tickets.

On the track, the two headline events are the $20,000 Bill Wineberg Stakes for the 2-year-old colts and geldings, and the $20,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes for the fillies. The Bill Wineberg Stakes drew a field nine runners and Shamundi has been installed as the 5-to-2 morning-line favorite. Shamundi comes off a third-place finish in the Dennis Dodge Memorial Stakes after getting a slow start and a wide trip that day. Jockey Juan Gutierrez has the mount for trainer Ben Root, who looks to win this race in back to back years, having trained Smoken Sham last year. Tomcat Jake looks to be the speed of the speed and the one they to catch. Jockey Troy Stillwell will once again be on board for trainer Ry Harwood, who paid $2,000 to supplement Tomcat Jake for this race. Four of the nine runners in the race are maidens, with three of them making their career debuts in this $20,000 stakes event.

The $20,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes looks to be a very competitive event with seven runners, most of whom are in very good form. Carrabelle Harbor is the morning-line favorite coming off two stakes wins at Emerald Downs this summer. Carrabelle Harbor cuts back in distance after trying stakes route runners in the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes last time out. Leading jockey Joe Crispin has the mount for trainer Charles Essex. Legendary Madame looks to be the “now” horse, as she’s rattled off three consecutive wins for owner/trainer/breeder David Duke. Her last win came over a sloppy track where she put on a dazzling display of speed to win a $12,500 claimer by 8˝ lengths. Javier Matias is aboard for the Janet Wineberg Stakes.

In the $12,500 Oregon Hers Stakes, Shame On Rosie has been installed as the 6-to-5 morning-line favorite. Shame On Rosie is 1 for 1 at the mile distance of the Hers. Mark Anderson has the mount.

The Lethal Grande Sprint Championship looks to be a wide open event. Taylor Jones, who runs as Portland Meadows’ “People’s Horse” has been installed as the tepid 7-to-2 morning-line favorite in the field of seven. Teddy Two Shoes also looks like a player in the Sprint as he has very good early speed and gets jockey Joe Crispin on board. Gameshy, who won the Sprint last year, has been in lackluster form as of late, but is always capable of running a good one.

The Oregon His has drawn a field of six to go the mile-and-one-sixteenth distance. Es Baqavenue Titan is the 2-to-1 morning-line favorite and has run competitively in most of his career starts. In his lone start at two turns, he finished a good second, but was beaten by Smart As Jim that day, who is also entered in the Oregon His. Smoken Sham will look to get back on track in the Oregon His, as his last win came a year ago on Oregon Championship Day when he won the Bill Wineberg Stakes.

The action all gets underway on Sunday December 12th with a first post time at 12:40 p.m.