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Three stakes on Tuesday at Portland Meadows

October 17, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Portland Meadows offers three stakes races on Tuesday, October 18, with the running of the $12,000 Mt. St. Helens Handicap, the $10,000 Willamette River Stakes, and the $12,000 Mt. Hood Handicap.

Fillies and mares take the stage in the third race of the day in The Mt. St. Helens Handicap for three year olds and upward going six furlongs. Copy Begone is in search of her seventh career win as she makes her 14th career start. Trained by Rody Barrett for Owner John Parker, leading rider EliskaKubinova has the call at the top weight of 124 lbs. Mary Lois and Jennifer Whitaker loom a major threat as the 7-year-old daughter of Skimming looks to post the upset. Mary Lois was runner-up in the recent Multnomah Falls Handicap run on opening day.

The sixth race of the day is the $10,000 Willamette River Stakes at a distance of 5˝ furlongs for 2-year-olds. Keith Swagerty’s Keller’s Gold looks like the one to beat after a solid runner-up effort among stakes rivals at Emerald Downs. Trained by Debbie Peery with Javier Matias slated to ride, the young son of Liberty Gold takes on seven others as the morning-line 6-to-5 favorite.

The $12,000 Mt. Hood Handicap is the ninth race of the day carded at six furlongs. Grinder Sparksaglo is fresh off of a game score in the Inaugural Handicap on opening day and is now poised for the Mt. Hood with Jockey Jake Samuels back aboard. Trained by Robbie Baze, the 5-year-old son of Grindstone looks to push his earnings over the $100,000 mark. Owned by Richard Sena, Grinders Sparksaglo is in search of his sixth career win. Owned and trained by Howard Belvoir, My Chief is expected to challenge once again after chasing Grinderssparksaglo in the Inaugural.

The Tuesday card offers ten Thoroughbred races with a total of 87 entrants, beginning with a first post time of 12:00 noon Pacific time.