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La Kangura wins Memorial Stakes at Portland

February 1, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Patrick Kerrison

Portland, OR – La Kangura sprinted to victory in her second consecutive Quarter Horse stakes try at Portland Meadows Sunday afternoon, January 29, winning the $7,800 Memorial Stakes.

Owned by brothers Juan and Sergio Leon and trained by Gary Klinger, La Kangura broke straight, went to the front and was pressed in an all out duel with Hope N Fast and Dazzlin Dory.
“We broke sharply,” said winning rider Zachary Sebreth. “Not as sharp as last time when we won the Far West [Futurity] but well enough.

“She isn’t a whip horse, she doesn’t respond to it as well,” he continued. “I just hand rode her and kept her mind on her business.”
Midway through the 350 yard test for 3-year-olds, La Kangura was never more than a head in front as Dazzlin Dory threatened inside her flank.

“She raced really well,” Sebreth said. “It was a pleasure to ride her.”
La Kangura increased her career record to 5-3-1-0 with $14,150. She returned $12.60, $7.80 and $4.40 as the public’s third choice.

Race favorite Dazzlin Dory, who dueled the winner and was game throughout her own impressive performance, returned $3.00 and $2.80. Hope N Fast, never more than half a length off the leaders, was third, returning $5.00.

· Apprentice rider Jessica Gilbert won her first race at Portland Meadows Sunday, breaking the maiden of Comesmilewithme in his 57th start. It was the 10 pound bug’s second career victory and she did so without carrying a whip.
· Clark Jones earned his 1000th and 1001st Thoroughbred victories of his career Sunday. The 1000th milestone came aboard Touched An Angel, trained by Bruno Maelfeyt in Sunday’s fourth race.
· Jones also notched his 100th Portland Meadows Quarter Horse win in the 870 yard opener aboard Mary Kagee’s Lilys Hidden Secret.
· Colony Lane notched his sixth consecutive win at the Portland Meadows meet, and seventh consecutive overall. Clark Jones has ridden him in all those wins.
· Trainer Jim Fergason earned four more victories Sunday, bringing his meet total to 37 wins.