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$45,000 Far West Futurity

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

Owned by Dave and Leah Nelson in partnership with The Victory Group
(photo by Reed Palmer photo)
PORTLAND, OR – Victorys Hope captured the $45,000 Far West Futurity Final for Quarter Horses at Portland Meadows Saturday afternoon, December 31.  He completed the 400 yard test in 20.48 seconds.
Owned by Dave and Leah Nelson in partnership with The Victory Group, Victorys Hope blasted out of the gate, went straight to the front and finished the way you'd expect a 2/5 shot should - in front and winning easily.
Victorys Hope is trained by Jim Glenn, Jr. and was ridden by Danny Boag.
“He was much the best,” Boag said after his victory.  “He got away well, I yelled a little bit then just let him run.  All I had to do was keep him straight.
Victorys Hope completed the 400 year test in 20.48 seconds.
It marked his second win in three Portland Meadows starts and improved his career record to 3-2-2 from nine tries.
“He’s been running competitively in California,” Boag said.  “When he came up here he went right into that [Oregon-bred] Juvenile race and he was flat.
“Jimmy [Glenn] brought him back home to where he broke him and got him ready.  When he won his trial he was a much different horse than in that other effort.”
$18,000 was added to his earnings for the victory, giving him $33,968 in career earnings.
He returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.60.
Hope N Fast was second and paid $5.40 and $4.60 with Merris Jump Ta Fame finishing third, returning $5.80.
Trainer R. Scott Raley - who had five horses entered in the richest race for Quarter Horses in the state - finished second with Hope N Fast.
Raley was pressed to scratch two of his five entries the morning of, Power N Fast and Two Dash To Fame, due to sickness.  To make matters worse for Raley, his entry of CR Isle Be Baq acted up in the starting gate, dislodged the rider and was later scratched by order of the state veterinarian.
That left Raley with two.  His other starter, CPR First Feature finished last.