09/19/2013 1:46PM

Assiniboia Downs: Portales hard to ignore in Jack Hardy Stakes


Portales, who has banked more than $100,000 through her six appearances at Assiniboia Downs, heads a field of nine 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Jack Hardy Stakes.

The $30,000 Jack Hardy, a 1 1/16-mile race, will go as the sixth of seven races on the penultimate card of the meeting. Post time for the first race is 7 p.m. Central.

Portales, based in Minnesota with trainer Charlie Smith, is 3 for 3 over the Assiniboia oval this year, with her successes including the six-furlong Chantilly and one-mile Assiniboia Oaks.

The Kentucky-bred, who is owned by Terry Propps, also defeated males in the six-furlong Winnipeg Futurity here last year after running second in both the Graduation and Debutante at 5 1/2 furlongs.

Most recently, Portales competed with a $50,000 claiming price in an optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies at Canterbury Park on Aug. 30 and finished fourth of six in an even journey.

Jordan Olesiak, aboard for three of her four wins this year, again gets the call on Portales, who will begin from post 3 as one of the 119-pound co-highweights.

A Girl’s Gotta Do, who also carries 119 pounds, is the only other stakes winner in the lineup, having captured the one-mile Gold Strike Mile for Manitoba-breds on July 27.

Sent off as the 5-2 second choice behind 8-5 Portales in the Aug. 5 Assiniboia Oaks, A Girl’s Gotta Do faded badly to finish last in the field of eight.

A Girl’s Gotta Do bounced back 18 days later, however, as she led throughout to land her first condition in an unrestricted optional $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies.

Adolfo Morales retains the mount on A Girl’s Gotta Do, who will begin from post 4 for trainer Shelley Brown.

Magical Powder has been an underachiever this year but is back with her own age group after facing older rivals in her past three starts.

Jennifer Reid will be back in the irons for trainer Gary Danelson.

The $50,000 Buffalo, a one-mile race for Manitoba-bred 2-year-olds, will be the closing-day feature on a Sunday card that begins at 1:30 p.m.