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Eleven nominated for $80K Portland Meadows Oaks

January 19, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Nominations closed this afternoon for the $80,000 Portland Meadows Oaks with 11 nominations, led by multiple stakes-winning Cathyís Crunches, one of the four horses nominated to the race by Portland Meadows leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Cathyís Crunches won three consecutive stakes races to end her 2-year-old season at Golden Gate Fields, and was most recently runner-up in the $100,000 California Oaks in her first start as a 3-year-old. Cathyís Crunches has won 5 of her 8 career starts and earned $173,520.

Hollendorfer also plans to ship Alecís Moon, who won an allowance at Hollywood Park in December before a disappointing seventh place finish in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Handicap at Santa Anita Park; Golden Bow, who broke her maiden at Portland Meadows before returning to Golden Gate Fields; and Seismic Speed, who ran fifth in the Corte Madera Stakes behind Cathyís Crunches in December.

There is also a strong local contingent nominated to the race, including Janet Wineberg Stakes winner Kate Winsalot and Lassie Stakes winner Renaissance Queen. Kate Winsalot bounded past heavily favored Carabelle Harbor to take the Wineberg for trainer Ry Harwood before running a disappointing fourth in the OTOBA Sales Stakes on January 17.

Renaissance Queen was impressive winning the Lassie Stakes and is one of two runners nominated by trainer Ben Root. The other is stakes-placed Chick Power.

Rounding out the nominations are Alpine Z, Formal Plan, Legendary Madame, and Love You So.

Alpine Z has run two very strong races since coming to Portland Meadows and should add speed to the early mix. Formal Plan won her career debut on January 18th at Portland Meadows. Legendary Madame has been a consistent runner locally and has never been off the board in six career starts.

Entries for the $80,000 Portland Meadows will be taken on Tuesday, January 25, and the race is set for Saturday, January 29. Portland Meadows first post for live racing is at 12:40 pm Pacific Time.