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Nominations released for Oregon Championship Day at Portland Meadows


November 8, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Nominations for the six stakes events that make up Oregon Championship Day on November 17th have been released. Five $15,000 Thoroughbred Stakes are on the card, as well as a pair of $7,500 starter allowances and the $17,000 Baxter Andruss Futurity for Quarter Horses. First post on Oregon Championship Day is noon Pacific Time.

Middas Gold Touch looks to defend his title in the $15,000 Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship. Thirteen runners were nominated for the six-furlong event. Middas Gold Touch struggled this summer at Assiniboia Downs and had two lackluster finishes in his return to Portland Meadows this fall. But he got back on track just last week with a nice allowance score, beating Calypsonoted, who is also nominated. Promiscuous Lad was third behind those two in the allowance and should improve in his second start back at Portland Meadows.

The $15,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes for 2-year-old fillies drew just five nominations, but one of those nominees is Jet Set Kitten, who was smashing in her debut when she won the Catalina Harbor Stakes on Labor Day. She’ll be up against some first time starters, including Dreamstone Cowgirl, whose mother One Fast Cowgirl won this race in her career debut.

The $15,000 Bill Wineberg Stakes for two year old colts and geldings closed with nine nominations. Numerous first time starters are part of the nominated group, including Stoney River. Stoney River is owned by Larry and Gay Welliver, who sent her half brother Cantchaco to a debut win in the Bill Wineberg just last year. Maddies Gold is the most accomplished of the horses with experience, as she had two wins at Assiniboia Downs this past summer, including a score in the $30,000 Osiris Stakes.

Jack The Pirate could be tough as he leads a list of eight nominees for the $15,000 Oregon His Stakes. Jack The Pirate won the Tom Two Stakes on Labor Day and was just third in tough allowance against older rivals. Cantchaco and Captainnotsosober were rivals last year in the Bill Wineberg and the Don Jackson Futurity and both are nominated for the Oregon His.

Calypsonoted headlines the six nominees for the $15,000 Oregon Hers. She’s cross nominated for the Lethal Grande Sprint and has been competing well against the boys in her last two starts. She was a perfect 3-for-3 as a 2-year-old including a great win in the $25,000 Don Jackson Futurity on Oregon Championship Day last year.

Nine runners nominated for the $7,500 Oregon Distaff Starter and twelve horses nominated for the $7,500 Oregon Fall Starter Handicap.