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Ex Mountain Cop wins Bill Wineberg

November 7, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Patrick Kerrison
Portland, OR (Nov. 5) – Many have said, “You have to spend money to make money,” and that is just what Maynard Davis and Charles Novak did in the Sunday, November 5, Bill Wineberg Stakes with Ex Mountain Cop.

After setting an opening quarter of 21 4/5 over a sloppy sand oval, many thought it reasonable for the pacesetter Ex Mountain Cop to tire.

After rider Juan Gutierrez extended their lead over seven others by three and a half lengths and cut the half in 45 seconds, more than a few thought he’d get caught.

Not Gutierrez.

“Easy,” Gutierrez said. “He did it so easily. I never asked him for anything. Not once.”

At the head of the lane, the public’s choice at 6/5 extended his lead to four lengths just when it looked like he might be slowing down just a hair.

“No, he wasn’t slowing down,” Gutierrez said. “I wanted to have plenty left by the time we hit the quarter pole and we did. The first half didn’t take much out of him so it was easy to have a lot left. Horses like this are fun. Little work, and a lot of fun.”

Proving he was well worth the $4,000 supplemental fee to get him into the race, Ex Mountain Cop is now perfect in two stakes tries this season and is quickly giving greater credence to his sire Ex Marks the Cop.

“After he won the OTOBA Sales Stakes we wanted to run here,” said winning trainer Jonathan Nance. “He wasn’t nominated as a baby so to get him in the owners put up an additional $4,000 fee.”

Timely Reaction, who stalked the pace three deep and launched his bid in the stretch to finish second, was also a supplemental nominated horse.

“I am fortunate to have good owners who are willing to invest in the game, in their horse and in me,” Nance continued. “I knew we would be a threat in here. He ran so well last time that I thought he could do it.”

On December 10 – Oregon Championship Day – Ex Mountain Cop will win a $30,000 bonus should he run in, and win, the Os West Oregon Futurity.

Since the bonus idea has been conceived, no horse in the past three seasons has won the OTOBA Sales Stakes and the Os West Oregon Futurity. Gutierrez feels they have a good shot with Ex Mountain Cop.

“I am confident he can run the mile,” Gutierrez said. “We had plenty left today.”

Owned by Maynard Davis and Charles Novak, Ex Mountain Cop was over eight lengths ahead of his nearest nemesis at the wire, running in 1:11 for the winner’s share of the $29,200 pot. He returned $4.60, $2.60 and $2.20.

Timely Reaction was second to pay $2.80 and $2.10. Baquero Ruler was third (also trained by Nance) to return $2.40.