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Chumbley-Raley team continue success at Portland Meadows

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

(photo by Portland Meadows)
By Patrick Kerrison
Portland, OR – Owner Gary Chumbley and trainer Scott Raley have continued their winning ways in capturing Monday’s (Dec. 4) featured Columbia River Handicap for Quarter Horses at Portland Meadows.

Breaking from the one-hole as a 9/5 favorite, Sneak Bac broke cleanly and drove straight to the front with nine others to her outside giving chase.

Under strong urging from rider Joe Crispin, Sneak Bac maintained the advantage throughout the 400 yard test and crossed under the wire in 20.11 seconds, two and three quarter lengths to the good of Eyes Okey in the $8,000 dash.

Chumbley has enjoyed a wonderful meet thus far in starting 12 horses with Raley, with the duo combining to win four races with a pair of seconds and a third, earning $20,200 thus far.

Chumbley and Raley joined forces together eight years ago.

“Scott was breaking horses and I passed a few his way when he started training,” Chumbley said.

Eight years and a multitude of winners later, they stand to become the first Oregon Quarter Horse Triple Crown winners should the Chumbley homebred EZ Speedy Leader win the December 17 Far West Futurity Final.

On Sunday, EZ Speedy Leader won his Far West Futurity Trail by nearly four lengths, posting the second fastest time of all 10 qualifiers in 20.46; 11-hundredths of a second shy of speedster Chick N Dales Dancer.

“That horse is a runner too,” Chumbley said of the Jim Glenn, Jr. trainee Chick N Dales Dancer. “Those two should put up a pretty good race.”

Chumbley, however, doesn’t seem too worried, knowing his horses are in Raley’s care.

“I’ve known him since he was a small boy,” he said. “He’s a good trainer, a good kid.”

A native of Woodland, WA , the owner laughs, noting his reference to a grown man as a kid and continues to sing Raley’s praises.

“Scott cares about the horses. He truly cares. It is a heck of a good quality. If he tells me to send a horse home for a break I do it. I don’t ask why because I already know he’s doing it for all the right reasons.”

Chumbley currently has eight horses in training in three yearlings Raley is breaking and five runners.

Raley, whose victory in Monday’s handicap event improved his record to 9-7-3 from 38 starters, is winning at nearly 24% and hits the board 50% of the time. He leads all Quarter Horse owners, trainers and riders in earnings with $36,346.

Perhaps one of their biggest successes came with an old hard knocking runner named Mayhegobuggy.

A winner of 33 races from 83 starts, Mayhegobuggy was at one time the pride of the Chumbley/Raley combination. With career earnings of $61,030, Mayhegobuggy posted a 15-10-3 record from 35 tries at the Delta Park oval and $29,718 in earnings.

Today, Raley considers EZ Speedy Leader one of the best he’s ever trained.

“I’ve trained some pretty good horses,” he said. “I have been really fortunate in my career but this one, phew, he can go.”

EZ Speedy Leader has won six of his seven races and earned $40,255, while still a month away from his third birthday.

The December 17 Far West Futurity Final is worth an additional $14,120 to the winner and with the Oregon Quarter Horse Triple Crown bonus no longer an option, they’ll take it.

“There weren’t enough betting interests in the Futurity last April to validate the bonus money. But still, it sure would be nice to win it all,” Raley smiled.