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Portland Mile Day has arrived!


December 3, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Portland Meadows Racing Secretary Jerry Kohls and the horsemen of Portland Meadows have come to together to present a fantastic racing program this Sunday, December 4, at the Pacific Northwest oval. Highlighting the card is the 49th Running of the Portland Mile worth $25,000-added for 3-year-olds and older. In addition to the coveted Mile, the dayís program includes the Mount Hood Handicap for Quarter Horses at 400 yards, An Overnight handicap worth $10,000-added for Thoroughbreds, the $15,000-added Portland Distaff at one mile for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and older, and the Columbia River Stakes at one mile for 2-year-olds worth $15,000-added.

The 49th edition of the Portland Mile has attracted a full field of ten to vie around two turns. Racing for Rancho Viejo and Lisa Baze and trained by Rigoberto Velasquez, Itís Allabout Jerry opens up as the 2-to-1 morning line choice after winning the Crater Lake Handicap locally three weeks ago by covering the fast track mile in 1:38:77. Jockey Nathan Haar has the call atop the 4-year-old son of Grindstone as he looks to collect his sixth win lifetime in the Mile. The late-running colt was third best in the Mt. Rainier at Emerald Downs worth $50,000 and stakes placed locally in Portland prior to the Crater Lake score. Opposition looms likely from My Chief who races for owner-trainer Howard Belvoir after winning the Mt. Hood Handicap earlier in the meet. Jockey Javier Matias gets the call for the 7-year-old son of Harbor The Gold. Richard Senaís Grinder Sparksaglo certainly factors into the equation after winning the Inaugural Handicap on opening weekend at Portland Meadows. Trainer Robbie Baze gives the leg up to Jake Samuels as ďThe GrinderĒ has proven to be a formidable opponent on most every outing. The Portland Mile is the seventh race of the day.

Warming the program up is the est. $10,000 Mt Hood Handicap for Quarter Horses at 400 yards. Returning from Los Alamitos is Flyin Lion who is fresh off of a third place finish in the Challenge Distaff at Los Al worth $125,000. Owned by Sherry and Mike Reardon, trainer Bill Hoburg saddles the 6-year-old daughter of Panther Mountain who, after making the roughly 1,000 mile excursion north to Portland, again faces nemesis rival Wrap You Up who finished right behind her in the Distaff Challenge at Los Alamitos. Sporting the colors of Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch and Racing, trainer Hector Magallanes sends the Portland John Deere Challenge winner postward with Osvaldo Gonzalez to guide. In all, eleven are slated to break from the gate in the Mt Hood.

A half dozen speedsters go five furlongs in a special overnight Handicap worth $10,000 added for the fourth race of the day as Peteís Slew makes his first appearance since the Emerald Downs Meet where he campaigned with $10,000 and $15,000 claimers. The 5-year-old son of Matty G won a $10,000 claiming bout at Golden Gate Fields, a race in which he was claimed. Jockey Jose Zunino rides for trainer G. Dharma Khalsa. Night Train Lane poses a threat from the rail after winning two of his last three at Emerald Downs with claiming company. The 4-year-old son of Grazen is trained by Howard Gibson with Osvaldo Gonzalez to ride. Local threat Gross Misconduct climbs the ladder in class but has been in top notch form lately for owner MichealPollowitz as Kassie Guglielmino pilots the 5-year-old by Keyed Entry.

The fifth race of the day is the Portland Distaff at one mile as Obrine&Pietilaís Society Girl squares off with Southall&Lafavorís Mary Lois in the 3-year-old and upward contest for fillies and mares. Society Girl won the Paulina Lake Handicap by overtaking Mary Lois in the final yards to take that event at one mile, however Mary Lois won the Mt St. Helens in the previous start as the Distaff makes for a rubber match between the two. Racing for Pollowitz& Wilson, Parkerís Delight returns to the Northwest from Fresno & Golden Gate and could have the role of spoilerin the $15,000 added event.

The sixth race on the card is the Columbia River Stakes worth $15,000 added at one mile as Kellerís Gold looks to be the one to beat. Owned by Keith Swagerty and trained by Debbie Peery, the young son of Liberty Gold seeks his fifth win from just eight starts in the Columbia River Stakes. Regular rider Javier Matias once again guides the juvenile in the two turn test. Kellerís Gold has defeated all but one in the contest, that one being Chorizo Y Papas who was an explosive winner at first asking. A group of seven 2-year-olds converge in the stakes event.

The special eight race card gets underway with a 1 pm post time (PST). Fans can enjoy a special Mile Day Buffet which includes a variety of amenities, visit portlandmeadows.com for more info.