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Oregon Championship Day at Portland Meadows

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

When the Oregon Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association contacted Oregon Governor Kate Brown about the economic importance of horse racing in the State, Governor Brown proclaimed this Sunday, December 18, as Oregon Championship Day. The festive day features nine stakes events for Oregon-bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds on the Sunday racing program.

(UPDATE: Oregon Championship Day has been postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday, December 21.)

Race #1: Sadly, Oregon horse owner and breeder Gary Chumbley passed away last Monday and, in Chumbley’s memory, the first race has been named The GaryChumbley Memorial, for 3YO Quarter Horses going 350 yards. Appropriately deemed morning-line favorite is ShezSneakin Fast who was a game winner of her last start at Portland Meadows. Now a winner of three of her last four starts, the 3-year-old filly by Heza Fast Dash races for The Estate of Gary Chumbley. Jockey Kassie Guglielmino will guide the speedy filly from the inside post for Trainer Scott Raley.

Race #2: The Baxter Andruss Futurity boasts a field of ten 2-year-olds to Dash 400 yards in the $26,550 event. Owned by Cedar Creek Tree Farm Ranch and Racing, top qualifier Henry Craig brings his six win record from seven starts into the contest with his only defeat being a third placing in the Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos in October. Trained by Hector Magallanes with Eduardo Sosa to pilot the son of One Sweet Jess from post position three after turning in the top time of :20.58 in the trials. Henry Craig held off a late charge by CM Woody Blue who breaks from the two post right next door.

Race #3:The Oregon Fall Starter Handicap at $8,500-added kicks off the Thoroughbred action of the day as Delineator Express looks to nab his eighth career win after a razor sharp tune up at six furlongs in time of 1:09.94 over a sloppy track last week. Owned by Rancho Viejo and Lisa Baze, the 5-year-old son of Delineator is trained by Rigoberto Velasquez as EliskaKubinova handles the reigns. Delineator Express opens up as the 7-to-5 favorite in the six-furlong sprint.

Race #4: Fillies and Mares head to the gate for the $8,500-added Oregon Distaff Starter Handicap at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and older. A cast of a half-dozen take the track in what looks to be a wide open affair, My Ginny N Tonic holds a slight favored role after a sprint victory in her last start on Halloween at Portland Meadows. Sporting the colors for Carol Dronen and Trained by Sam Dronen, jockey EliskaKubinova has the call.

Race #5: Sophomore fillies take the stage in The $15,000-added Oregon Hers at six furlongs. Winner of last year’s Wineberg Stakes at Portland Meadows—Highway Fortyseven—looks to rebound after three starts this year for Owners Eakin, Cosgrove, and Nance. Trained by Jonathan Nance, Jockey Jorge Rosales gets the leg up. The 3-year-old daughter of Grindstone seeks her first win of the year.

Race #6: Stakes-placed Lovethisbar tops a list of 2-year-old fillies in the five-furlong Janet Wineberg Stakes worth $15,000-added. Trained by Jeffery Metz for The Warlock Stables and Horseplayers Racing Club #229 and Kelly Dougan, Lovethisbar was recently third-best in The Willamette River Stakes last October at Portland Meadows. Jockey Francisco Diaz Lopez will be atop the 2-year-old filly by Demon Warlock.

Race #7: 2-year-old colts and geldings break from the gate in The $15,000-added Bill Wineberg Stakes at five furlongs. Max The Kitty and Arrastrando Cobija square off in the sprint contest as the pair takes on six others in the quick dash. Alec’s Butte also looms a threat in what looks to be a wide open test after a strong finish in the last effort.

Race #8: 3-year-old colts and geldings race off the mark in the Oregon His Stakes worth $15,000-added at six furlongs. Barbs Boo was nosed out of The Stallion Stakes in his last start but has been on top of his game upon arrival at Portland Meadows from Colorado. The son of Harbor The Gold will be ridden by Karlo Lopez as they contend with eight others, including Hello Son, who won at first asking two weeks ago. Jockey Luis Gonzalez will pilot Hello Son after winning with him in his debut run.

Race #9: The final race of the day is The Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship at five furlongs worth $15,000-added. Jaqueline Smith-owned and -trained Cantchaco seeks his third straight win under regular pilot Kassie Guglielmino will guide the 6-year-old by Ochoco. Cantchaco opens up as the 8-to-5 morning-line favorite in the last stakes event of the day.