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Portland Meadows rolls out three Sunday stakes


November 19, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Portland Meadows will present three stakes races on Sunday, November 20, in what has become commonplace at the Pacific Northwest oval.

The triple feature starts with the day’s second race as 3-year-olds will dash off the mark in the Portland Meadows Fall Derby at 400 yards. Trainer Hector Magallanes will saddle Tickle Ur Fancy, who was second best earlier this year in the Portland Meadows Winter Derby and runner-up in the $126,000 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos last year. Owned by Hayden Brothers Ranch with jockey Eduardo Sosa in the irons, the 3-year-old daughter of Dominyun will take on eight others in the Sunday dash. Longo invades from Los Alamitos after facing restricted claiming company there. Trained by Nick Lowe, the young son of Foose will be ridden by Jake Samuels from post #8. Trainer Skyler Greene will have double duty by saddling the Intermountain arrivals Tic Tac Attack and Gone Fast, both of which have been a threat on the fair circuit. The Portland Meadows Fall Derby offers a purse of $9,500-added.

The sixth race of the day is the McFadden Starter Handicap worth $9,000-added at one mile. Run in the namesake of local Portland Meadows icon and former track announcer, Art McFadden. The McFadden ‘Cap has lured a field of nine to journey the two turns as 3-year-olds and upward battle for the winner’s share. An evenly balanced field will take the track as Arigato looks to fend off Hello Brown and Affluent Asset, among others, in the flat mile run. Jockey James Wooten, Jr., will guide the 4-year-old of Tale Of The Cat for trainer Tim Abraham. Returning to the Pacific Northwest from Fresno is Tribal Money, who was a good third among conditioned claiming rivals in California for trainer Vod Farris. Owned by Top Hat Thoroughbreds, Tribal Money will be ridden by jockey Osvaldo Gonzalez.

The final stakes race of the day is the $9,000-added Mary Goldblatt Starter Handicap at six furlongs for 3-year-old and older fillies and mares. The sprint test appears to be a wide open test even though Perfect Meeting has won all three of her season starts locally. Trainer Pablo De Jesus named pilot Karlo Lopez to guide the 7-year-old mare by Marino Marini as she looks to keep her perfect season record intact. It will be no easy task though as the Mary Goldblatt ‘Cap is loaded with horses that carry back-class credentials, such as Ideal Place, who has won two $5,000 claiming events. Ms KJ invades from California, where she was well placed at Golden Gate, Ferndale, and Fresno for owner Thomas Stubblefield. A winner of four races spanning back a year is Aquacita, who is trained by Robbie Baze and ridden by James Wooten, Jr. Aquacita scored at Turf Paradise and Emerald Downs prior to her arrival in Portland. Miss Nikki J was a claiming winner at Golden Gate Fields and runner-up in the Portland Distaff Handicap run earlier in the year. Sophie Dopey had a good campaign at Emerald Downs, picking off two claiming wins there this year and Wise checks in with a nice mile victory to boast. Raise The Margarita put together back to back wins at Emerald Downs this year as well.

The Sunday fun gets underway at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time at Portland Meadows with eight races slated for action. As always, admission and parking are free at Portland Meadows.