11/16/2012 2:19PM

Portland Meadows: Filly spices up field for Don Jackson Futurity


Many at Portland Meadows expected a two-horse showdown between Bill Wineberg Stakes winner Cantchaco and favored runner-up Captainnotsosober in the $25,000 Don Jackson Futurity, the feature race on Oregon Championship Day on Sunday. But when the Oregon Debutante failed to fill and was canceled, the field for the Don Jackson added a third contender in undefeated filly Calypsonoted.

Those three lead a field of 10, and while they are attracting most of the attention, the Don Jackson will mark the first two-turn race for all three.

“He’s just a 2-year-old with two outs,” said Captainnotsosober’s trainer, Patti Harris. “It will be interesting to see how he goes a mile. Breeding-wise and everything, he should, and he’s always been professional. But you wonder if he’s strong enough.”

Captainnotsosober and Calypsonoted are by Harbor the Gold and seem to have better route pedigrees than Cantchaco, a son of Ochoco whose lone start came in the six-furlong Wineberg. Cantchaco broke slowly from the rail but rushed up en route to a wire-to-wire win by a half-length over the odds-on Captainnotsosober, paying $67.40.

Cantchaco’s trainer, Carol Duby, said, however, that she is confident coming into Sunday’s race.

“He’s really a strong horse and very fit,” she said. “He’ll do fine doing a route, but I think you have to watch out for the filly.”

One day after Cantchaco’s stakes win, Calypsonoted won the Janet Wineberg by 13 3/4 lengths. Her time was five lengths slower than Cantchaco’s, and owner-breeder-trainer Eric Jensen conceded that she was running against a weak field, but Jensen said she was never asked in the race.

“I really don’t like running against boys, but it’s the only thing up here,” he said. “This is the last big race for Oregon-breds. She’s not really ready to go a mile. I wouldn’t mind running a mile later on, but she might be good enough to beat them.”

Trainer Ben Root has four runners in the field − Van Glorious, third in the Wineberg; Maximatic; Jack the Pirate; and Stately Skyshooter − and all are worth watching.

Contentious field in Oregon Hers

Which of the six 3-year-old fillies in the $12,500 Oregon Hers at one mile is the “now” horse?

Stopin Memo, the older sister of Calypsonoted, has won two straight six-furlong allowances at the meet. Her only try at a mile was a dull fifth in the Oregon Ms. in February.

Alltheway Heather has also won two straight, including a mile race, but both have been in claimers. She helped set the pace in a stakes and was also second in an allowance.

Bahati Gold won the Oregon Ms. when Slewzy’s Gold was disqualified, but neither has shown much of late.

Solar Boots has won two of her last three, including a mile race in her last start.

Baquaduck, the first runner bred by former jockey Bruno Maelfeyt, has a first and two seconds in her last two starts.

L G Jet back in action in Oregon His

L G Jet makes his first start in nine months when he returns in the $12,500 Oregon His for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

L G Jet is undefeated in four Portland Meadows starts, including the 2011 Bill Wineberg and the Oregon Breeders’ Derby, his last start.

His seven rivals are primarily low-level claimers and the maiden Oregon Breeze.

Kodye’s King, who was pulled up in the Oregon Breeders’ Derby in his only start around two turns, won his maiden for a $5,000 tag in September and then won for $12,500 in October before running fifth behind Stopin Memo in his last start.

Midda’s Gold Touch tops Lethal Grande

Midda’s Gold Touch, starting in his third straight Oregon Championship Day race, looks for his first Championship win in the $12,500 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship at six furlongs. A 4-year-old gelding, he was third in the Bill Wineberg as a 2-year-old and was fourth last year in the Oregon His.

A son of Harbor the Gold, Midda’s Gold Touch has eight career wins here, four in stakes. He has a win and two seconds since returning from Emerald Downs this summer.

Ricky Ricky, winner of a starter handicap two races back, could be the biggest threat, but he has lost four straight to Midda’s Gold Touch. Snowbound Hero has hit the board in his past five starts, including a win for a $5,000 tag last out.