Updated on 09/16/2011 8:47AM

Favorite makes local debut


PORTLAND, Ore. - Knightsbridge Road will make his Portland Meadows debut on Sunday when he takes on six other 2-year-olds in the $10,000 Columbia River Stakes at six furlongs.

Knightsbridge Road, who races for Wilwin Stables, was bred and raised by local trainer Debbie Van Horne, but he was foaled in Washington and launched his career last spring at Emerald Downs. In six starts at Emerald, Knightsbridge Road had two wins, including a hard-fought score over divisional champion Bub in the six-furlong Emerald Express, and four seconds.

On Oct. 19, Knightsbridge Road, a front-running son of Cisco Road, finished last after chasing the pace in the Sunny Slope at Santa Anita. He has since trained well over this track. Danny Boag rides at 120 pounds.

Though certain to be favored, Knightsbridge Road could face stiff opposition from Right You Are and Stately Jack Flash.

Right You Are scored three times against claiming company last summer at Emerald, then won the six-furlong OTBA Sales Stakes in his only start over this track on Nov. 2. In the 6 1/2-furlong Northwest Stallion Stakes at Emerald, Right You Are finished sixth, beaten more than eight lengths by Knightsbridge Road, who ran second.

Stately Jack Flash has started only twice, graduating against maiden special weight company in his Oct. 19 debut, then running second to Yada Yada Yada as the heavy favorite in the six-furlong Bill Wineberg Stakes. He may improve with the addition of blinkers.


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