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Entries set for this Saturday's $80K Portland Meadows Oaks


January 25, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Entries are set for the $80,000 Portland Meadows Oaks which will be run on Saturday January 29, 2011. The race is the richest run at Portland Meadows since 1987 when Present Value and Willie Shoemaker won the $100,000 Coors Mile. A field of eight will contest the one-mile event for 3-year-old fillies and the race has been carded as race #7 on a 10-race program. Post time for the Portland Meadows Oaks will be at approximately 3:35 p.m. Pacific Time. The Portland Meadows Oaks is also the first step for these runners in the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 program. If the winner of the Portland Meadows Oaks can go on to win the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks on March 5, the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on April 2, and finally the Grade 1 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on May 20th, the owners of the horse will receive a $2,000,000 bonus, and the trainer will receive a $200,000 bonus, a total of $2,200,000 for sweeping through the four races in the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 Bonus Program.

Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has entered two runners for the Portland Meadows Oaks, including probable favorite Alecís Moon. Alecís Moon ships in from Santa Anita where she just ran seventh in the Grade 2, $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes. Previous to that start, she won an $80,000 allowance/optional claiming race at Hollywood Park. Joe Crispin takes over the mount on Alecís Moon, who is owned by Dr. Mark DeDomenico and Hollendorfer, breaking from post position 4. Hollendorfer also has Golden Bow, who broke her maiden at Portland Meadows on October 13th before returning to Golden Gate Fields and finishing fifth in a $12,500 claiming event. Jockey Jose Zunino has the mount on Golden Bow who breaks from post position 6.

Heading up the local contingent of runners are Janet Wineberg Stakes winner Kate Winsalot and Lassie Stakes winner Renaissance Queen. Kate Winsalot started her career a perfect two-for-two with a strong maiden win at Emerald Downs this past summer and a big win in the $20,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes at Portland Meadows on December 12. Since then, she ran a disappointing fourth against the boys in the OTOBA Stallion Stakes and makes her return in the Oaks with regular rider Troy Stillwell back aboard for trainer Ry Harwood. Renaissance Queen scored a hard-fought win in the $15,000 Lassie Stakes on November 15 in her first local start. Javier Matias has the mount for trainer Ben Root. In the Lassie Stakes, Renaissance Queen beat her stablemate Chick Power by just a nose. Chick Power is also in this race for trainer Ben Root.

Rounding out the field are Formal Plan, Love You So, and Legendary Madame. Formal Plan comes off a smashing debut win last week at Portland Meadows, but makes her stakes and two-turn debut in the Oaks for trainer Jennifer Tooley. Love You So ships in as a maiden with just a third-place finish to her credit. Legendary Madame has been the model of consistency in her career, never finishing off-the-board in six career starts. She makes her first start off a claim for trainer Steve Fisher.

The $25,000 Governorís Speed Handicap will be contested as the sixth race of the afternoon and has drawn 11 to contest the six-furlong race. This race serves as the main prep for the $50,000 Portland Mile on Wednesday, March 23.

Portland Meadows first post on Saturday is at 12:40 p.m. PT. Portland Meadows will feature a fantastic turf club buffet, along with free Portland Meadows Oaks hats to be given out to the first 2,000 fans who purchase a live racing program. HRTVís Peter Lurie will be on hand to broadcast the event live.