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Charlies Pride rolls in Portland Meadows Mile


April 8, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Portland Meadows)
Sanguinetti earns first stakes win of career
By Patrick J. Kerrison

Portland, OR – Rider Anne Sanguinetti captured the first stakes win of her career Saturday afternoon, April 8, when she led Charlies Pride to victory in the $27,000 Portland Meadows Mile – the signature event for the Delta Park oval.

With Silent Exploit and Tamper setting the fractions during the early going, Charlies Pride sat about four lengths off the lead, through a quarter in 23 2/5 and 46 3.5 seconds.

“We didn’t break very well, we kind of false broke” Sanguinetti said. “He got a little fractious in the gate and the header straightened him out but he was still a bit back when the gate opened.”

“That break turned out to be a blessing for us,” she said. “There was a lot of speed in the race and I didn’t want to get caught up in it.”

With even-money race favorite Crimson Design taking over as pacesetter by the half-mile mark and Tamper two-lengths off of him, Sanguinetti and Charlies Pride moved to the outside and tracked the leaders.

“He’s not used to the dirt,” Sanguinetti said of the multiple sprint-winning son of Indian Charlie out of Juba Jane (Big Mukora). “We’ve always been on the front end but today I wanted to rate him and move when it was necessary to. He was totally relaxed by the time we reached the three-quarter pole.”

At the head of the lane, Sanguinetti drove him 4-wide to take command over Crimson Design, wearing him down and eventually drawing clear to win by 3-lengths.

“He’s so big that once he gets going you don’t want to stop him. All I wanted to do was make sure we didn’t get into any trouble. He’s a pleasure to ride and I am grateful for the opportunity.”

Owned by James P. Seabeck and Gene Barber, Charlies Pride is trained by R.G. Pierce. He completed the 1-mile test in 1:39 2/5 and returned $6.80, $3.40 and $3.40.

Crimson Design was second to pay $2.80 and $2.20 with Tamper holding third and returning $3.20.

Charlies Pride remains undefeated in four tries at Portland Meadows, improving his career record to 4-0-0 from six starts overall and increasing his earnings to $24,890.

Sanguinetti returned to Portland Meadows in early January and rode a pair of winners in her return after honing her craft at various tracks on both coasts and points in-between.

After riding her first mount at Hollywood Park, then notching her first victory at Bay Meadows, the 25 year-old native of Ann Arbor, Michigan moved to Portland with her 10 lb. bug in the fall of 2004.
Sanguinetti chalked up seven victories from 44 mounts (15 percent) and hit the board 45 percent of the time at the Delta Park oval, including an Invitational Handicap aboard the Steve Fisher trainee Star of Rehaan.

She moved again to ride at Sam Houston Race Park then moved back to California when the Texas track. In the spring of 2005 she journeyed east 3,000 miles.

Sanguinetti went to Boston, Massachusetts to ride at Suffolk Downs.
“I rode there from April until November,” Sanguinetti said. “I learned a lot and won a few races.”

Winning more than a few, she finished eighth in the standings with 43 victories. She also had 63 seconds and 41 thirds, amassing $418,776 in earnings.

A graduate of Pepperdine University, Sanguinetti earned an Economics degree. She also minored in Spanish.

Through Saturday April 8, Sanguinetti has earned 76 wins, finished second 104 times and third in 88 races with earnings greater than $660,000 in her career.

She has also posted an 18-19-20 race record at Portland Meadows from 144 mounts this meet.

After Monday’s races she’ll head to Cleveland, Ohio where she will ride first call for Burton Sipp at Thistledown. She and Sipp combined for a 20-26-14 record from 164 starts together last summer in Boston.