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A field of seven entered for the $35,000 Portland Mile

January 22, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Seven runners have been entered to run in the 47th running of the $35,000 Portland Mile on Sunday, January 25. The Portland Mile is Portland Meadows’ signature event and this year features seven runners who have been based locally at Portland Meadows for most of the season. Memphis Mobster is the high weight at 123 pounds and has drawn post position two. A two time stakes winner at the meet, Memphis Mobster figures to be one of the primary early speed horses in the race, along with Johnski. Memphis Mobster will be ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores in the Portland Mile for trainer Rigoberto Velasquez.

Velasquez will also send out Stoney River who drew the rail. Jake Samuels has been named to ride the 4 year-old son of Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone. Sportive drew the outside post position for the Portland Mile and is coming off an upset win in the Crater Lake Handicap, a race where he beat four of the six rivals he’ll face in the Portland Mile. Javier Matias was on board Sportive for the win in the Crater Lake Handicap and is back to ride in the Portland Mile.

Johnski, who was second in the Crater Lake Handicap drew post position 4 for the Portland Mile. A 6 year-old son of Lion Heart, Johnski won his first two races locally before stretching out to finish second in the one mile Crater Lake. Jose Zunino will once again ride Johnski for trainer Rody Barrett. Leadership comes into this race in fine form for trainer Nick Lowe and drew post 3 for the Portland Mile. He’s won two straight races, including a $10,000 claimer just this past Sunday.

Maddie’s Gold and Hunterwood Point complete the seven horse field for the Portland Mile. Maddie’s Gold was an Oregon Champion Two Year Old in 2013 but doesn’t have a win on his ledger in the last year. Hunterwood Point was most recently third in a $10,000 claiming event and drew post 6 in the Portland Mile.

The Portland Mile is carded as the 10th and final race on the Sunday card.

The $20,000 Portland Distaff drew eight runners including the red-hot Society Girl. Society Girl comes into the Distaff on a three race winning streak and she loves Portland Meadows, with a 7 for 11 local record. Jorge Rosales will once again ride for trainer Jim Fergason. Her main competition could come from down on the rail in the form of Seventyprcentcocoa who was just a neck behind Society Girl last time out in the Crescent Lake Handicap.

The $20,000 Columbia River Stakes will kick off the stakes racing in the fifth race with Cash N Dash a likely favorite coming off his big win in the East Lake Handicap last time out.

First post for Portland Mile Day at Portland Meadows is at noon Pacific Time.

The full field for the $35,000 Portland Mile
Post  Horse             Jockey          Trainer       Odds  
1 Stoney River Samuels Velasquez 7-to-2
2 Memphis Mobster Camacho-Flores Velasquez 2-to-1
3 Leadership Sanguinetti Lowe 8-to-1
4 Johnski Zunino Barrett 4-to-1
5 Maddie's Gold Rosales Fergason 8-to-1
6 Hunterwood Point Guglielmino Whiteside 10-to-1
7 Sportive Matias Smith 9-to-2

Previous: Nominations in for $35K Portland Mile

Ten horses are nominated for the $35,000 Portland Mile, Portland Meadows’ signature race. The Portland Mile will be run for the 47th time on January 25. Leading trainer Rigoberto Velasquez has four of the ten nominees and all four look like contenders.

Carl Command has rattled off two straight wins including a score most recently in the Lethal Grande Sprint Championship on Oregon Championship Day, December 14. Memphis Mobster is a multiple stakes winner this season at Portland Meadows for Velasquez.

Velasquez will also send out Chu And I, who has hit the exacta in 9 of 11 career starts at the mile distance, and Stoney River.

The $20,000 Portland Distaff also drew ten nominees including the red-hot Society Girl. Society Girl has rattled off three very impressive wins in a row, two of them in stakes events versus several of the rivals she’ll face in the Distaff.

Cash N Dash and Oh Derek lead the six nominees for the $20,000 Columbia River Stakes. Cash N Dash had been beaten twice by Oh Derek before turning the tables last time out, when Cash N Dash beat Oh Derek by 3½ lengths in Cash N Dash’s first try at the mile distance.

Entries will be drawn for the Portland Mile, Portland Distaff and Columbia River Stakes on Wednesday, January 21.

Portland Mile Nominees (in alphabetical order w/trainer)

Carl Command—Rigoberto Velasquez
Chu And I—Rigoberto Velasquez
Hunterwood Point—Charlene Whiteside
Johnski—Rody Barrett
Last Minute Joe—Tony Gattellaro
Leadership—Nick Lowe
Maddie’s Gold—Debora Fergason
Memphis Mobster—Rigoberto Velasquez
Sportive—Jacqueline Smith
Stoney River— Rigoberto Velasquez