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Oregon-bred sophomores face off in Stallion Stakes at Portland Meadows


November 26, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

The $18,000 Stallion Stakes tops the program at historic Portland Meadows on Sunday, October 27, with a full field of twelve entered at six furlongs. The featured event is for 3-year-olds sired by eligible stallions.

The cast of a dozen converge in the seventh race of the day as morning-line favorite Vaquero Gold holds a slight edge. Owned by John Shumate and trained by Robbie Baze, the young son of Harbor The Gold scored his maiden win in a five-furlong dash at Portland Meadows early last month by covering the sprint distance in 59:03 over a fast track. Jockey James Wooten, Jr., has the call.

This yearís Oregon Derby winner Imajetoo makes his second start this season after winning the Derby last February. Trained by John Harris and ridden by Francisco Diaz Lopez, the second choice of the race makes his eighth start lifetime on Sunday. Longshot Kalakala has been game in all recent outings among claiming rivals for trainer Shawna Whiteside as Kassie Guglielmino will be atop the son of Parkerís Storm Cat.

Earlier in the card, Oregon Bred two year olds look to earn a spot in The Baxter Andruss Futurity. The rials for that race will be held during the first two races of the day at 400 yards for a trial purse of $3,500 each. Morning-line odds-on choice Henry Craig arrives from Los Alamitos after taking third best in the $118K Wild West Futurity there a month ago. The 2-year-old by One Sweet Jess makes his Portland debut in the Sunday dash as he heads to the gate in the first trial run of the day.

Hillary Durhamís L Bar D Genuine Red is the horse to beat in the second trial event of the day after an impressive win in the $32K Far West Futurity a month ago. Trained by Bob Beckner, regular rider Kassie Guglielmino has the assignment. Jersses Claim Ta Fame was runner-up in The Far West and looms a strong challenger again. Trained by Hector Magallanes with Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa to guide, the 2-year-old son of Jesse James Jr breaks from the outside post position.

The fourth race of the day is The Brandi Hadley Memorial at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and older. Brandi Hadley is the daughter of former Pacific Northwest jockey Mark Hadley, who rode at all of the tracks in the region. His Daughter Brandi sadly and suddenly passed away recently at the young age of 19. Her father Mark, family and friends will honor her in the mid-day allowance event.

Post time at Portland Meadows is 1:00 p.m. local (Pacific) time.