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Silver River gives Jones another stakes win


January 27, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by courtesy Portland Meadows)
Portland, OR – Jockey Clark Jones added another stakes victory to his resume for the month of January on Saturday afternoon when he guided Silver River to victory in the $15,000 O.T.O.B.A. Stallion Stakes at Portland Meadows.

Chalking up stakes win number four for the month, Jones stalked the pace set by entry-mate Mountain Band, no more than three lengths behind the leader at any time.

Setting fractions of 22 3/5 and 45 4/5 seconds, Mountain Band and rider Juan Gutierrez dueled for the lead through the first three-eighths of a mile with 11-1 shot Bellotti. As Mountain Band edged clear of that rival, Jones began to encourage his charge at the head of the lane.

“I knew I had a lot of horse under me,” Jones said. “Mountain Band wasn’t backing up any so I had to move.”

At the head of the straight Silver River and Jones unleashed their best stride, wore down Mountain Band and took full control of the race.

“He [Gutierrez] was looking back at me and I knew I still had plenty left in the tank,” Jones continued. “When we went at them at the head of the lane I felt confident we’d be able to pass them.”
Silver River completed the 6-frulong test in 1:12 2/5.

Originally named on both horses at the time of entry, Nance decided Jones would ride Silver River and Gutierrez would pilot Mountain Band.

“I put all my trust in Jonathan,” Jones said. “Jon knows a lot more about these horses than I do. He’s with them every day, working with them, training them. I’m thrilled to have had the good fortune I’ve had.”

Owned by Dan Miller, Silver River returned $4.00 and $2.80 with no show wagering. Mountain Band was second with Riley Beaver third.

Mountain Band is owned by Nance and Allen Floyd.
In the nine days of racing in January, Jones leads all riders in overall wins with 16 from 58 mounts (28%), including six wins from nine starts at a mile or more. He has an $8.80 average win payoff and hit the board in 50% of his rides.

Jones started the month with a win aboard Colony Lane, leading the gelding to his fifth Portland meadows win in a row. Jones has been aboard for all five.

On January 7 Jones led Lawanda to victory for Nance in the Mt. St. Helen’s Stakes. On January 8 Jones and Chancy Chancy won the Solda Holme Invitational Handicap for Dave Runyon and then guided Silent Exploit to victory on January 13 in the Tall Ben Invitational Handicap for Ben Root.