03/12/2012 5:38PM

Route Claiming Series Finals Contender Profiles

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1. Doctor Pav
Owner: Clockwise Racing
Trainer: Jonathan Nance
Jockey: Debbie Hoonan
Won his division in Leg 1 and came back with a solid closing third place finish last time out against a loose on the lead Castle Pines.  If the pace develops swiftly like it just might, could be the kind of horse who could sit a stalking trip and be a contender in the lane. 

2. Turntable Bay
Owner: Say Hay Stable and Keith Beatty
Trainer: Nick Lowe
Jockey:  Juan Gutierrez
Finished a somewhat dull fourth place last time and was claimed out of that event specifically for this race.  He’s certainly capable from a class standpoint, the distance could be the question mark with this runner.  He’ll have pace to chase as his stable-mate Castle Pines should be going great guns early. 

3. Simperio
Owner: The Kids
Trainer: Jim Fergason
Jockey:  Mark Anderson
Was brought up to Portland Meadows by Jim Fergason for this series, and after being claimed out of leg 1, Fergason claimed him back in Leg 2, which was a race that saw him run a decent closing third.  You have to like that Fergason claimed him back, as this was the race he was pointing to the entire time. 

4. Castle Pines
Owner: Charles  Holshauser
Trainer: Nick Lowe
Jockey:  Eliska Kubinova
Likely the pace-setter in this race, he’s a career sprinter that has taken to routing in recent weeks.  Won strongly last time out and will have to prove that he can keep his speed going for ten grueling furlongs, especially if he’s pressed by Swiss Exploit.  Jockey is red-hot and trainer has four of the 12 entrants, and even if this one burns out in the lane, he has three closers. 

5. Meshuguna
Owner: Patti Harris
Trainer: John Harris
Jockey:  Luis Torres
This horse was the most prized horse at the claim box in Leg 1, with 12 claims being put in for him that day, but after a poor performance that time and a fourth place finish last time out, he’s been relegated to being a likely long shot in here.  If he can somehow get back to his early season form he’s dangerous, but he’s off form and the distance is a big question mark. 

6. Watch Your Money
Owner: Keith Beatty
Trainer: Nick Lowe
Jockey:  Jose Zunino
Ran fifth last time out after a strong second place showing in Leg 1.  He’s a confirmed off the pace type and there should be pace to run at.  He’s another who will have to prove he’s worthy of the distance.  One of four horses in this race for Nick Lowe, who claimed him last time out for $4,000 thinking he could take this race.   

7. Capella Etoile
Owner: Gilbert Daniels
Trainer: Gilbert Daniels
Jockey: Leonel Camacho-Flores
Another who was claimed out of Leg 2 for this Final event, he finished a good closing second that day.  Picks up Camacho-Flores for this race who will try to have this horse finishing.  He likes to drop far back, so he’ll be dependent on a good pace up front.

8. Tribute To Sissy
Owner: Karen Tilden
Trainer: Sam Tilden
Jockey:  Ruben Camacho
Is yet to do much running in this Route Claiming Series and if you like him the price will certainly be right (20/1 or higher) in this spot.  Gets hustling rider in Camacho, so wouldn’t be surprised if he shows more pace in this spot. 

9. Little Mordi
Owner:  De Jesus Racing Stable
Trainer: Dayson Lavanway
Jockey: Luis Gonzalez
Another who has mostly been an also ran in the first two legs of the series, he’ll be a big price on the tote board and will have to improve.  Perhaps he’s one where the added distance could work in his favor as many of these are trying 10 furlongs for the first time, sometimes you’ll see longshots like this creep up into the Trifecta strictly because of the distance.

10. West Seattle Boy
Owner:  Lisa Baze and Jerry Carmody
Trainer: Rigoberto Velazquez
Jockey: Leslie Mawing
The 13 year old veteran has been a Northwest staple for a decade now and while he hasn’t fired his best shot yet in the first two legs of the series, he’s still one to be respected as he appears to be able to run all day and that’s what he’ll need here.  Also note that top rider Leslie Mawing flies up for the mount.

11. Swiss Exploit
Owner:  Dave or Patty Runyon
Trainer: Dave Runyon
Jockey: Javier Matias
He’s a perfect 2 for 2 in this Series thus far and either he or Castle Pines will probably go off as the favorite.  It’s possible he wont get the early lead like he did in the first two races of the series, but he’s been able to stalk and pounce before.  It will be very interesting to see where new rider Javier Matias places him in the early and middle stages of this race, because being in the 11 hole, he has plenty of time to save ground before the first turn.

12. General Joe
Owner:  Keith Beatty and Nick Lowe
Trainer: Nick Lowe
Jockey: Joe Crispin
He came into this series off of a layoff and ran a good third last time out at a big price.  He is one that could very well be suited for this extended distance and certainly having Crispin aboard is a plus, especially in route races as he will have this one finishing strong.  Could very well upset the apple-cart and take down the big money at a good price.