12/07/2007 12:00AM

Oregon-breds meet in five stakes

EmailPORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon-breds will be showcased on Sunday when Portland Meadows presents a nine-race Oregon Championship Day card that includes eight races for statebreds, five of them stakes.

The richest offering is the $40,000 Os West Futurity, which will match a cast of eight 2-year-olds at a mile. Trainer Cookie Root will saddle three of the eight, including likely race favorite Jimbos Fire Ant.

Jimbos Fire Ant, who races for James and Carol Owens, was an authoritative winner of her first two starts in a maiden race at five furlongs and in the six-furlong Janet Wineberg Stakes on Nov. 4. She was upset in her most recent outing in the Nov. 18 Lassie Stakes at six furlongs, finishing a neck behind Lady's Purse, but she was compromised when she ducked out sharply in midstretch. Kevin Radke, who has ridden Jimbos Fire Ant in all of her races, will again have the mount.

Lady's Purse, from the barn of trainer G.D. Khalsa, will be out to show that her upset of Jimbos Fire Ant was no fluke. Lady's Purse has won three of her five career starts, including last spring's Kindergarten Stakes over male competition. She is the field's leading money winner, with more than $32,000 in earnings. Joe Crispin will ride.

Kicking off the stakes parade will be the $10,000 Jane Driggers Debutante for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, which will go as the fourth race. Root should again play a prominent role, as she will saddle two of the five entrants. The Root trainees, recent maiden winner Ochoco Flame and three-time winner Maxie's Night Cap, figure to vie for favoritism.

The $10,000 Oregon Hers for 3-year-old fillies at a mile attracted six entrants. Heading the field is the Jonathan Nance-trained Ochoco Salmon, who won three stakes here last season, including a victory over the boys in the Oregon Derby.

Next up is the Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship, which will match six older sprinters at six furlongs for a $10,000 purse. Heading the field is 121-pound highweight Brave Hearted, a winner over invitational handicap foes at a mile at the current stand.

Immediately preceding the Futurity is the $10,000 Oregon His for 3-year-olds at a mile. Jack Ryan, a winner of his last two starts over $6,250 company, will head a field of seven.