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Trainer Scott Raley has five for Far West Futurity

December 13, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Patrick Kerrison
Portland, OR – Trainer R. Scott Raley will be busier than usual December 18 when he’ll have the responsibility of saddling half the field for the 400-yard Far West Futurity Finals for Quarter Horses at Portland Meadows.

With the purse listed as $10,000 plus added money, it will be no surprise that the final purse will exceed $40,000.

Last year the Far West Futurity Final was worth over $59,000, marking it the meet’s richest event. Raley’s father, Ron Raley, captured the test with his dominant filly One Fast Trick with Twyla Beckner aboard.

Scott Raley’s Two Dash To Fame won the second of two trial events held Sunday, December 5, at Portland Meadows, defeating Merris Jump Ta Fame by 1 ¾-lengths in a time of 20.47.

The initial trial went to Dave and Leah Nelson and The Victory Group’s Victorys Hope, who earned the fastest time of all entrants of 20.35. Trained by Jimmy Glenn, Jr., Victory’s Hope is one of two who will go to the Final for Glenn, Jr.

His second place finisher, Merris Jump Ta Fame also makes it to the big dance for 2-year-olds.

Raley also trains the second place finisher to Victory’s Hope, CPR First Feature. He won this year’s Oregon-bred Juvenile Championship on November 13. Also in that event was Raley’s fourth place finisher Power N Fast, who was bumped repeatedly through the drive.

In Raley’s winning dash, he also finished third and fourth with Hope N Fast and CR Isle Be Baq respectively.

“Yeah, it’s gonna be a busy time for me,” Raley conceded through a Cheshire cat grin. “But I reckon there are worse things, aren’t there?”

Spanish Sweet Pea, owned by Jimmie Easter and trained by Wayne Burger will also join them as will the Lee Markholt owned and trained dasher Bunnys Special Copy.

Completing the field is Shannon McKay’s Nogales Style, who ran fifth in the second trial.

Below is a complete list of finalists and their trial running times.
Victory’s Hope 20.35
Two Dash To Fame 20.47
CPR First Feature 20.50
Merris Jump Ta Fame 20.74
Spanish Sweet Pea 20.76
Hope N Fast 20.76
CR Isle Be Baq 20.80
Power N Fast 20.80
Bunnys Special Copy 20.80
Nogales Style 20.90