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$40,000 Os West Oregon Futurity


January 2, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Tom Two winning the $40,000 Os West Oregon Futurity
(photo by Courtesy of Portland Meadows)
PORTLAND, OR – Tom Two continued to impress everyone who watches him run when he fought back in the late going to win the $40,000 Os West Oregon Futurity Saturday afternoon, December 31 at Portland Meadows.
 
Earning his fifth win in 11 starts – including his fourth stakes victory – Tom Two raced just off the flank of Cascadians Cuttie throughout the entire mile event.
 
With the early going run in 22 4/5 and 46 3/5, the pair ran three quarters in 1:12 flat.  That was 4/5 of a second faster than the Oregon Sprint Championship was run in.
 
When they were in deep stretch, Cascadians Cuttie took command and opened up by just better than a length.
 
Tom Two wasn’t finished.  Not by a longshot and those who bet him down to odds of 3-5 were equally as pleased to witness his resilience.
 
“He was getting tired,” said Ortega.  “Just before we turned for home, after we’ve been running shoulder to shoulder most of the way, he began to edge away from me.  Then he found a second wind and came back again.”
 
Somehow Tom Two had found enough to refuse to lose and took command over his nemesis, to win by a length.
 
“When I passed him I thanked the heavens above,” Ortega said.
 
The Os West victory was the third stakes win on the day for the leading rider.  It was the second time he won three stakes in one day, the last time being on Oregon Championship Day in 1996.
 
Tom Two returned $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10.
 
Cascadians Cuttie was second and paid $2.20 and $2.40 with Newberg Gold getting up for third to return $2.40.