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Hannibal Lector silences nine foes in Autumn Handicap


October 17, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

(photo by Portland Meadows)
Portland, OR – What’s in a name, many have asked. Sunday, Oct. 15 at Portland Meadows, what’s in a name may have been exactly what silenced nine foes.

In the opening Quarter Horse stakes event of the season, the 4-year-old sorrel gelding, Hannibal Lector, broke in from the two-hole, brushing last season’s Portland Meadows Derby winner La Kangura under rider Tad Skaggs.

Immediately upon straightening out, Skaggs and Hannibal Lector followed a straight path through the wet-fast racetrack to win the $8,200 Autumn Handicap.

The Washington-bred son of Fastnfierce out of Foxy Speeder (Dash Thru Traffic) is owned by Sergio Mendoza and trained by Gary Klinger.

“I knew we had a good shot in here,” Klinger said. “I know these other horses in here are a good bunch, and I can’t take anything away from them. But I knew we could win this.

“I’m glad [it rained],” Klinger continued. “I wish it would have rained even harder. I didn’t like getting the two-hole all that much but I sure am happy with the outcome.”

Meared, the 5/2 bettor’s choice, was bumped at the start and never responded to her rider’s urging, finishing seventh in the 10 horse field.

Hitting the wire first, Hannibal Lector chewed up 18.32 seconds over the 350 yards, returning $37.40, $12.80 and $6.40. Miss Tax Cash was second, returning $37.80 and $23.40. Eyes Okey was third returning $12.00. The trio returned a meet high Trifecta payout of $5,201.

The multiple stakes winning mare, My Crowning Glory, had her Portland Meadows consecutive win streak snapped at 10, finishing fourth.