Cantrell, Captain Gavel pay honor to Jackson

GRANTS PASS — Trainer Margie Cantrell, jockey Tad Skaggs and horse Captain Gavel would have surely made Don Jackson proud at Grants Pass Downs on Saturday.

The trio came together to pull off a special victory in the featured Don Jackson Memorial on a day when Jackson — for whom the racetrack at the fairgrounds is named — was being honored.

The last horse that Jackson owned was trained by Cantrell. To add to the significance of the seventh race, Captain Gavel's sire was Gold Meridian, one of Jackson's horses.

Captain Gavel, guided by Skaggs, outdueled Ricky Ricky to prevail in a photo finish.

The winning trifecta paid $341.60.

The victory was one of two for Skaggs, who also secured the second race.

Jockey Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa earned wins in the third and fourth races and Troy Stillwell picked up triumphs in the first and fifth races.

Luis Gonzalez leads all jockeys with 17 victories on the season. Gutierrez-Sosa has 14 and Stillwell 12.

Don Young is the leading trainer with six wins. Hector Magallanes has five and Bob Beckner and John Martin both have four.

The final day of racing begins at 1 p.m. today. Drawings will take place for prizes after each race.

Saturday's Results

FIRST RACE

TB Clm, 51/2 F. 1, Easy Six (T. Stillwell), 3.80, 2.40, 2.10; 2, Proud Cozzene (B. Smith), 2.80, 2.10; 3, Slewmundi (L. Gonzalez), 2.10. Q — 2-4 $4.60; EX — 4-2 $1.60; TRI — 4-2-3 $4.40. Time — 1:06.48.

SECOND RACE

QH Mdn Clm, 300 yd. 1, The Majestic Sun (T. Skaggs), 3.20, 2.40, 2.20; 2, See Sea Look (R. Camacho), 4.00, 2.20; 3, Cpr First Copy (B. Smith), 2.10. Q — 3-5 $5.00; EX — 3-5 $3.50; TRI — 3-5-4 $5.70. DD — 4-3 $5.80. Time — :15.74.

THIRD RACE

TB Clm, 61/2 F. 1, Scarlett's Mark (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 3.60, 2.80, 2.20; 2, Go Ocho Go (R. Camacho), 6.40, 2.60; 3, Tricky Tarradiddle (J. Guerrero), 2.20. Q — 3-5 $22.80; EX — 5-3 $8.90; TRI — 5-3-1 $14.90. Time — 1:23.01.

FOURTH RACE

TB Mdn Clm, 51/2 F. 1, Woodshed Romance (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 6.00, 3.00, 2.80; 2, Our Fair Man (R. Camacho), 4.80, 3.00; 3, Heavenly Aneata (B. Smith), 2.60. Q — 1-6 $17.80; EX — 6-1 $17.40; TRI — 6-1-2 $27.10. Time — 1:07.40.

FIFTH RACE

TB Alw, 51/2 F. 1, Lightnin Lass (T. Stillwell), 25.40, 7.00, 4.20; 2, Imasassytwo (L. Gonzalez), 4.00, 3.00; 3, Nancy's Modavor (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 3.60. Q — 5-6 $42.60; EX — 6-5 $53.50; TRI — 6-5-4 $108.80. PICK 3 — 5-4/6-6 $226.20. Time — 1:07.01.

SIXTH RACE

TB Clm, 51/2 F. 1, Table for One (L. Gonzalez), 5.00, 3.40, 2.40; 2, Shame On Rosie (T. Skaggs), 3.00, 2.20; 3, Helalue (B. Smith), 3.00. Q — 4-6 $6.60; EX — 6-4 $6.70; TRI — 6-4-1 $28.50. Time — 1:06.62.

SEVENTH RACE

TB Alw, 61/2 F. 1, Captain Gavel (T. Skaggs), 13.40, 6.00, 3.20; 2, Ricky Ricky (R. Camacho), 8.60, 4.60; 3, Smith as Jim (L. Gonzalez), 3.20. Q — 1-2 $74.40; EX — 2-1 $29.30; TRI — 2-1-3 $341.60. Time — 1:21.81.

EIGHTH RACE

TB Clm, 61/2 F. 1, Cousin Eddy (J. Guerrero), 8.20, 3.20, 2.20; 2, Soft Defense (T. Skaggs), 2.80, 2.10; 3, Whatsamillion (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.20. Q — 1-4 $5.80; EX — 1-4 $15.70; TRI — 1-4-3 $19.60. DD — 2-1 $43.80. PICK 3 — 6-2-1 $251.10. Time — 1:22.85.

Attendance — 2,140; Handle — $34, 143.


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