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GRANTS PASS, OR—SEPTEMBER 22, 2019—Multiple stakes winner L Bar D Razle Dazle set a new track record for 350 yards on Sunday at Grants Pass Downs when he defeated Warhock by half-a-length in the $14,000 Rogue River Stakes (not black type).
Ridden by jockey Oscar Cervantes, L Bar D Razle Dazle covered the 350 yards in :17.095 seconds, into a 5 mph crosswind, to establish the new track record while earning a 115 speed index. The son of Ragazzo smashed the previous record of :17.320 seconds set June 19, 2010 by Snip N Dale.
Juan Sanguino conditions the 4-year-old for owner Edwin Garcia. Bred in Oregon by Darrell and Linda Sanders, L Bar D Razle Dazle has compiled a (24) 7-6-3 record and today's winner's purse valued at $7,700 brings his total earning to nearly $70,000. The sorrel gelding is out of Dash Home Deb by Strawfly Special.
Multiple stakes-placed Warhock earned $2,800 for his second-place effort. Benito Curiel trains the Zoomin For Bux 4-year-old for owner Marlon Cowgill. Bred by Hayden Brothers Ranch from the multiple stakes producing Corona Cartel mare Copa Show Girl, Warhock was ridden by Jose Figueroa. He has earned $43,726.
Also a multiple stakes winner, Corona B Gone finished a nose back in third for owner Ruben Magallanes and trainer Hector Magallanes. Jake Samuels had the riding call on the Favorite Cartel 4-year-old out of Go Girl Gone by Shazoom .Michael and Shannon McKay bred the $73,067 earner in Oregon.
L Bar D Genuine Red, Shez Sneakin Fast and Sweet Dream Demon completed the field.
Following the announced closure of Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon, earlier this year, Grants Pass-based TMB Racing applied for the license to host and operate live commercial racing with simulcasting rights.
The application was approved by the Oregon Racing Commission in March, and the company signed a 50-year lease agreement with Josephine County in August for use of Grants Pass Downs, formally marking an epicenter shift for horse racing in Oregon.
Significant upgrades to the track and facility have been completed at Grants Pass Downs in advance of the meet.
Races will be held every Sunday and Monday through Nov. 4, with 14 race days scheduled in total for the meet and all post times at 1 p.m. Admission is $4, and parking is free.