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Oregon Derby lures a dozen nominees


May 5, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

City of Roses celebrates Kentucky and Oregon Derbies
Portland, OR – Ballou Slew and Tom Two lead a group of 12 talented three-year-olds nominated for the Oregon Derby.

To be run on Saturday, May 6 as part of the Portland Meadows City of Roses Derby Party, the event will be run at one mile and one eighth.

Art McFadden’s Ballou Slew, trained by Jim Fergason, has won all four starts at the Delta Park oval this season, including stakes victories in the Flying Lark and Preview. In both those efforts, the son of Slewdledo, out of Aly’s Scamper, bested the multiple stakes winner Tom Two. Ballou Slew is 4-0-0 from five career starts with $20,035 in earnings.

Tom Two, trained by Delmer Webb and owned by he and his wife Shirley, is the only horse in the field teetering on the $100,000 in earnings mark. With victories in the NWSS Strong Ruler Stakes north at Emerald Downs, plus victories at home in the Bill Winerberg Stakes, Columbia River Stakes, Os West Oregon Futurity at 2-years-of-age plus the Greek Native Invitational Handicap and the McFadden Memorial at three, Tom Two has a 7-3-0 record from 15 lifetime starts.

Two shippers who may come in to test the Portland contingent are Hopingandwishing and Johnny the Cat. Hopingandwishing is owned by David Moulton and George Reyes and conditioned by Patrick Gleason. A winner of a pair of races, Hopingandwishing has raced prediominately in southern California with a couple of starts at Golden Gate to his credit. He is 2-2-2 from 10 starts with $41,565 in earnings.

Johnny The Cat, owned by R.E.V. Racing and trained by Valorie Lund, broke his maiden on closing weekend at Emerald Downs last season and has since posted a pair of fifth place finishes in allowance company at Turf Paradise.

Other local nominees include the Delmer Webb trained Cajun Way who is 2-0-2 from seven starts. Jim Fergason also has My Pal Pete under consideration for the main 3-year-old event of the season. My Pal Pete is 2-2-1 from nine tries.

Nick Lowe also has a pair nominated in Butte Crest Ranch, Inc.’s Piracy and Stephen and Angeline Rubin’s Sinnamon Swirls.

The former has one victory under his girth from nine tries, with four second place finishes. A pair of those runner-up efforts came behind Tom Two in the McFadden Memorial and Ballou Slew in the Preview, respectively.

The latter is 2-0-0 from eight career attempts.

Randall Beach nominated There’s No Fooling, a winner of one with two third place finishes from seven starts. He offered a mild late gain in the Preview Stakes to get third in that event.

Correindo Baquero, a fourth place finisher in the Preview is nominated for trainer Ron Belland. He is 1-1-0 from four starts.

Shoot The Alarm, a Ben Root trainee that will make his first start in stakes company should he go, has won his last three starts. Two were at 6-furlongs and the latest at 1-mile, drawing clear of his rivals.

Another local under consideration is the Liz Kowalski charge, Valentoad. He scored a maiden breaking victory last out versus $4,000 claimers going 1-mile and did so easily.

The City of Roses Derby Party at Portland Meadows features the greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby, complimented by the best three year olds in Oregon competing in the Oregon Derby.

Portland Meadows will open their doors at 8:00 a.m. and the newest Portland tradition for the Run for the Roses – The Kentucky Bourbon Tent - opens at 11:30 a.m. with Mint Juleps, cigars, BBQ hamburgers and more.

The Turf Club restaurant offers a $19.99 Prime Rib buffet with all the trimmings which also includes seating, a free commemorative Kentucky Derby glass plus a free Portland Meadows and Churchill Downs simulcast program. Space is limited so contact 503-285-9144 quickly to make your reservation.

First post at Portland Meadows on Saturday May 6 is at 12:35 p.m.