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My Crowning Glory is Portland Meadows Champ – again

February 20, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Patrick J. Kerrison
Feb. 19, Portland, OR – For the ninth consecutive time at Portland Meadows, the gutsy mare My Crowning Glory has emerged victorious.

In Sunday afternoon’s (Feb. 19) Portland Meadows Championship for Quarter Horses, My Crowning Glory broke clean, raced to the top and was unyielding in her lead, as well as her determination, to earn the spoils.

“I don’t know what more I can say about her,” said winning owner and trainer Wayne Burger. “She just races her heart out every time.”
Facing eight other talented dashers in the 440 yard event, My Crowning Glory began her nine-race win streak at the Delta Park oval winning the 2005 Director’s Handicap. Inclusive of this current streak was the 2005 edition of the Portland Meadows

Championship and the 2006 edition of the Director’s Handicap.
“She is all professional,” said winning rider Flip Nollar. “When she gets to the gate she puts her game face on, gets in her stance and is ready to go.”

“When we race, if she sees something coming at her, she’ll strain a gut trying to get at ‘em.”

They were certainly coming at her as My Crowning Glory was ably tested Sunday against the likes of multiple stakes winner La Kangura, among others.

A winner of the Northwest Futurity and The Memorial, the 3-year-old filly La Kangura, under the reins of Zach Sebreth, was facing older horses for the first time and put forth a terrific effort after brushing at the onset. Equally as strong were shipper No Options Mister with Tim Neal in the stirrups and local entrant I Can See You Now with Twyla Beckner on board.

All three challengers were no more than a half-length away from the winner throughout the event, putting the 6-year-old mare to the test.

“She’s such a consistent performer,” Nollar said. “She’s a gutsy girl who knows her job.”

“Wayne always has a game plan,” Nollar continued. “I trust him to no end. He’s raised this horse so she trusts him and she goes out there knowing what he wants her to do. I always know when I ride for him he has them ready.”

Improving her career record to 12-6-2 from 29 starts, My Crowning Glory has equaled the number of wins of her mother, Georgias Barbie Doll. More specifically at Portland Meadows, the daughter of Crowning Season is 11-4-1 from 23 starts.

With the PM Championship worth $8,150, she has increased her lifetime earnings to $37,327. My Crowning Glory paid $5.00, $3.20 and $2.20 as the race favorite in 22.70 seconds.

La Kangura, off at 8-1, held second to return $5.80 and $2.60. She is owned by Juan and M. Sergio Leon and trained by Gary Klinger. No Options Mister, owned and trained by K.C. Carden, was third and paid $2.80.

I Can See You Now, Eyes Okey, Neava Boots, Dorothy Nell, Hannibal Lector, and Sneak Bac rounded out the field in that order.