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Lawanda awesome in Oregon Oaks

April 3, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Portland Meadows)
By Patrick J. Kerrison
Portland, OR – Lawanda earned her second stakes win of the meet Saturday afternoon, Arpil 1, at Portland Meadows when she flattened five others in the $10,000 Oregon Oaks.

“She was on go right from the start,” said winning rider Clark Jones. “I didn’t want to go to the front, figuring we would sit off the speed. Well, as it turns out no one went and she took me there.”

Setting fractions of 23 3/5 and 47 3/5 seconds in the early going of the 1 1/16-mile event, Royal Snowflight sat a length and a half off her flank.

“It took a while for her to get relaxed,” Jones continued. “It wasn’t until the five-eighths pole that she got settled. When we hit the three-eighths she still had plenty left and was wanting to go.”

“When I asked her to run for me down the lane she didn’t kick it into another gear, she kicked it into two more gears. She was awesome.”

Completing the contest in 1:48 2/5, Lawanda won by 9 ¼-lengths and returned $4.00 and $2.10. There was no show wagering. Fettles Klan got up for second to return $2.20 to place. Royal Snowflight was third and Cascades Express was fourth.

Owned by Allen Floyd and Jonathan Nance, Lawanda improves her record to 2-2-0 from six starts with $18,419 earned.

“I am thinking about the Preview Stakes and the [Oregon] Derby next,” said winning owner and trainer Jonathan Nance. “In her last start she got boxed in at the three-eighths pole and then moved a little too early. Today she ran just terrific.

“So, as opposed to bringing her north to Seattle, we’ll keep her down here and point her toward the Preview (April 15) and the Oregon Derby (May 6).”