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Beckner wins five including Oregon Derby


May 9, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Beckner wins Oregon Derby on Hopingandwishing
(photo by reed palmer photography)
By Patrick J. Kerrison
May 6, Portland, OR – Rider Twyla Beckner kicked off closing weekend at Portland Meadows by winning five races, highlighted by the 53rd running of the $15,000-added Oregon Derby.

Beckner, who entered the weekend with 42 wins from 211 mounts (20 percent overall) picked up the mount aboard Hopingandwishing in the Oregon Derby, as the 3-year-old Californian shipper made his Portland debut.

“I didn’t have to do much,” Beckner said. “I had a lot of horse under me. I just needed to make sure he sat comfortably and was rated well.”

Hopingandwishing sat behind the pacesetting Tom Two for three-quarters of a mile of the 1 1/8-mile test. Setting fractions of 23 4/5 and 48 1/5, the multiple stakes winning Tom Two was a length in front of Hopingandwishing as they headed toward the far turn.

With 6-furlongs run in 1:13 4.5, Beckner encouraged Hopingandwishing, who immediately responded. By the time they reached the head of the lane, they were in front by three lengths, and by the time they crossed the wire they were a dominating 10 1/4-lengths to the good of the closing second place finisher, Piracy.

“He was terrific today,” Beckner said. “He did all I asked for and more.”

Hoping and wishing improved his record to 3-2-2 from 11 career starts, and upped his earnings to $50,558. He returned $3.60 and $2.60.

Piracy paid $3.40 to place. With five betting interests, there was no show wagering.

Hopingandwishing, owned by Donald Moulton and George Reyes and trained by Patrick Gleason, they and a slew of others made the trek to the City of Roses a fruitful won.

“Everyone here has been wonderful, so pleasant,” said Moulton. “This is the first time we’ve been to Portland and we have been treated so well. It has been a wonderful experience.”

Beckner kicked off her five-win day in the second race aboard Pardonmydustdotcom, which put her in a three-way tie for first in the Quarter Horse rider standings.

Win number two came in race four aboard Willy Fly for trainer Billy Christian. Win three came immediately following in race five aboard Sunquero for Bill Kagee, with her fourth victory coming for Christian again, with Crowning the Queen.

Beckner’s five-win day was capped with her Oregon Derby victory.