02/19/2003 12:00AM

Friday card adjustment helps pools

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Quarter Horse fans no longer need to fret about arriving early on Friday nights to bet on their favorite breed at Portland Meadows.

Two weeks ago, Jerry Kohls, the track's racing secretary, began moving his Quarter Horse races, traditionally run as the first and the fourth races here, to the end of the program on Friday nights only.

The change was made to allow fans at Los Alamitos to wager on the local Quarter Horse races, and thus far the new schedule has worked out well for all concerned. Kohls reported that Los Alamitos fans have contributed from $20,000 to $25,000 per race to the Friday night Quarter Horse pools. The influx of money into the normally small pools has boosted the track's total handle while making it possible for local fans to make larger bets without significantly affecting the odds.

For this Friday's card, Kohls has assembled two highly competitive six-horse fields to do battle over 350 yards in the eighth and ninth races. The eighth matches nonwinners-of-two races who are eligible to be claimed for $6,500, while the ninth and last race on the card is for open $2,500 claimers.

Santiam Secret will seek her fourth win at the meeting in the nightcap. A 4-year-old sorrel filly, she edged Special Proud Time in all three of her victories thus far at the stand, including a half-length score at 400 yards in her last outing on Feb. 9, and she will again face that persistent rival on Friday.

The two Quarter Horse races are linked with a late $1 daily double bet, while the $2 pick four wager has been moved to races 4 through 7 for Friday nights only.

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