12/09/2011 1:22PM

Portland Meadows: L G Jet goes for three straight


Portland Meadows holds its biggest day of stakes racing on Sunday’s Oregon Championship Day, with five Oregon-bred stakes races. L G Jet will gun for his third straight victory in the $15,000 Bill Wineberg for 2-year-old males, while Forty Something has a good chance to win for the first time in the $15,000 Janet Wineberg.

The other stakes on the card are the $10,000 Oregon His for 3-year-olds and $10,000 Oregon Hers for 3-year-old fillies, and the $10,000 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship.

L G Jet is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the six-furlong Bill Wineberg off two straight dominant wins.

L G Jet showed little in his July 17 debut at Emerald Downs, but since then he has won a maiden race by 6 3/4 lengths and an allowance by 4 1/4 lengths, both going 5 1/2 furlongs at Portland Meadows. L G Jet stalked the pace in both races and earned respective Beyer Speed Figures of 50 and 64.

Trainer John Harris said L G Jet’s juvenile campaign was designed to have him ready for the Bill Wineberg.

“This was the whole plan,” he said.

Harris said Sunday’s six-furlong distance suits L G Jet, a Harbor the Gold gelding, and that he expects him to be running strongly in the lane.

“He’s feeling good and is in the right field,” Harris said. “He’s not real quick and doesn’t like to be on a very fast pace early. By the time he hits the corner, he’s ready. When he gets his stride going, he’s tough.”

L G Jet drew the rail, while perhaps his main rival, Slew the Cat, drew the outside in the field of seven.

Slew the Cat has made two starts, winning an Oregon-bred maiden race in October and then finishing second to L G Jet in an allowance race.

Ben Root, who trains Slew the Cat, said he is “optimistic” that Slew the Cat can give L G Jet a challenge in the Bill Wineberg, citing his charge’s more professional demeanor since the first time the two met, as well as what he considers a good post position.

Suesawme couldn’t handle Slew the Cat in his debut, but came back and went wire to wire in an open maiden race at Portland Meadows. Trainer Jim Fergason said Susawme ran a much-improved race in his second start. “He had an idea what’s going on the second time, and I expect improvement again,” said Fergason.

Root sends out Forty Something as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Janet Wineberg.

Forty Something ran fourth against males in her only start, behind Slew the Cat, Lucky George and Suesawme. She earned a Beyer Figure of 42.

Root says he’s “very excited” about Forty Something.

“She’s a true professional,” he said. “She looks a standout to me, but everybody’s improved.”

The Fergason-trained Slewzy’s Gold won her only start, inching away for Ochoco Miss, who came back to win her next start and will also run in the Janet Wineberg.

“She should be improved because of that one,” said Fergason of Slewzy’s Gold, who earned a Beyer of 32.

Kenzie Carolina is Root’s second starter in the Janet Wineberg, and even though she has yet to run, the trainer says not to count her out. Kenzie Carolina, he said, has shown talent in her works with Forty Something.

“She’s not in there just to fill the race,” Root said. “The two fillies were workmates early, and she held her own with Forty Something.”

◗ The Oregon His at 1 1/16 miles is headed by Midda’s Gold Touch and last year’s Bill Wineberg winner, Shamundi. Kate Winsalot, the 2010 Janet Wineberg winner, is favored in the Oregon Hers at a mile.

◗ Ricky Ricky, last year’s Oregon His winner, is the 2-1 favorite in the $10,000 Lethal Grande Sprint Championship at six furlongs.