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Seven runners set to go in $20K Oregon Derby

February 5, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

Portland Meadows enters the final week of racing for the season and the closing week headliner is the $20,000 Oregon Derby on Sunday, February 8. A field of seven runners was drawn for the one mile event that will be run as the 8th of 10 races. The race is exclusively for 3-year-old Oregon bred runners.

Three Sixteen has been made the 2-to-1 favorite and drew the rail for trainer Debora Fergason. After starting his career with two double-digit-length losses, he woke up in his third career start and crushed maiden special weight rivals by eight and a half lengths. He followed that effort up with a third place finish last time out in the $20,000 Columbia River Stakes on Portland Mile Day. That was his first time going two turns so the route experience should aid him in the Oregon Derby. Matt Hagerty has ridden Three Sixteen in all four starts of his career and has the call in the Oregon Derby.

Kozzys Kitkat is the 5-to-2 second choice on the morning line and holds the distinction of being the lone stakes winner in the field. Kozzys Kitkat won the $13,000 Janet Wineberg Stakes on December 14th and has finished fourth in her last two starts, both stakes events against the boys. She should appreciate the return to state-bred restricted conditions, as she’s 2 for 2 against Oregon breds. Jorge Rosales will ride Kozzys Kitkat for the first time in the Oregon Derby for trainer Jonathan Nance.

Fearless Felix is the 3-to-1 third choice on the line and could be the x-factor in this race. He crushed a field of state-bred maiden special weight runners on January 25th by seven lengths, but most of the race wasn’t visible due to the extreme fog that day. What we do know his that he was five lengths in front in mid-stretch and won by seven lengths. Jockey Luis Gonzalez will once again be on board for trainer Ryland Harwood.

Plums Waterboy, Problem Solved, Money Storm, and Funny Stone make up the rest of the field. Problem Solved was second behind Fearless Felix in that January 25th maiden event and was seven lengths clear of the third place finisher, who was Plums Waterboy. Money Storm and Funny Stone have both been beaten double-digit lengths in all their lifetime starts and figure to be long shots in the Oregon Derby.

The Quarter Horse feature on Sunday is the $12,000 Added Portland Meadows Championship Bonus Challenge which is carded as race #4. The fifth and sixth races are $7,500-added starter allowances for older Oregon-bred runners.