Updated on 09/17/2011 10:07AM

Three-time sprint winner wins at route, too


PORTLAND, Ore. - Carlyn Road, who has won three of six sprint tries at the Portland Meadows meeting, including the Jane Driggers Debutante Stakes in December, showed another aspect of her talent in Sunday's Mary Goldblatt Stakes for Oregon-bred 3-year-old fillies at a mile.

Under regular rider Marijo Terleski, Carlyn Road stalked a contested pace through a half-mile in 48.74 seconds, moved to engage pace survivor Chancy Chancy at the quarter-pole and gradually wore her down to win by a neck in 1:41.40. The favored Valentine Surprise, who looked like a winner before being forced to wait for room on the second turn, re-rallied for third.

"It didn't go exactly according to plan, because I didn't want to move her quite so soon," said Terleski. "I saw Valentine Surprise moving along the inside and I wanted to keep her trapped down there if I could. It worked out perfectly for us."

But it did not work for Valentine Surprise, who surrendered momentum to the winner when forced to wait for racing room and could not recover.

Carlyn Road's second stakes win continued a remarkable meeting for trainer Carol Duby, who bred the filly and also serves as her owner and groom. Her tiny stable has now produced eight wins, including three in stakes, from only 26 starts. With any luck, Carlyn Road will be able to add to the win total.

"Now that she has shown she can go long, it opens up a lot of options for her," said Duby. "There are a couple more route races for her on the stakes schedule, so I'll point her for those."

The $10,000 Mary Goldblatt is named for the mother of track president Art McFadden, who passed out $100 bonus checks for Carlyn Road's rider, trainer, and groom. Duby was in line to get two of those checks, but she had McFadden make one out to trainer Dave Duke, with whom she shares a shed row.

"Dave probably cleans this filly's stall more often than I do and he gives me a lot of training help, too," said Duby. "It's the least I can do."

I Won't Apollogize hits the road

Duby's other stable star, the undefeated 3-year-old I Won't Apollogize, was scheduled to leave early this week for Saturday's $30,000-added, 5 1/2-furlong Harvest Handicap at New Mexico's The Downs at Albuquerque.

"I'm going to van him down there myself, but Shane Peacock will be listed as the trainer," Duby said. "Shane said it's best to run him right off the van because otherwise we would need to give him 30 days to acclimate to the altitude. He is a calm horse and I think he'll ship well, so I'm hopeful that he'll run his race.

"Dave Duke is going to look after my other horses while I'm gone, so I can't really lose. No matter what happens, I'll get a vacation."

I Won't Apollogize, a front-running son of Apollo, has yet to be headed through three races, including the six-furlong Flying Lark Stakes. He has received a weight assignment of 117 pounds, which ranks fourth on the list of 15 nominations for the Harvest Handicap.

Blanket finish in Marathon Series

On Sunday, the 10-furlong second leg of the four-race Marathon Series produced a blanket finish, with 14-1 shot West Seattle Boy edging G and L Special by a neck and two others, Rattlesnake Ridge and Produckson, finishing just necks away in third and fourth.

West Seattle Boy, a 4-year-old son of Majesterian from the barn of veteran trainer Nub Norton, had finished a well-beaten fourth in his division of the nine-furlong first leg of the series, but won on Sunday despite being pushed extremely wide around both turns.

Asked why he decided to try the colt in the marathon series in the first place, Norton said: "Because he can't sprint."

The series continues with a 1 1/2-mile leg on April 6 and a two-mile leg on April 27. The two-mile race, open only to horses who ran in at least one of the previous legs, has a purse of $10,000.

- Mike Pfliger has been appointed racing secretary for this summer's Grants Pass meeting, which runs 18 days, from May 17 through July 6. Pfliger is serving as assistant racing secretary at Portland Meadows, and he served previous stints as racing secretary at both Yakima Meadows and Playfair.