GRANTS PASS — Snip N Dale picked up where he left off last year, winning the co-feature $4,450 Mail Tribune Stakes in record time during the fifth race of Saturday's season opener at Grants Pass Downs.

GRANTS PASS — Snip N Dale picked up where he left off last year, winning the co-feature $4,450 Mail Tribune Stakes in record time during the fifth race of Saturday's season opener at Grants Pass Downs.

The 5-year-old quarter horse, ridden by jockey Joe Crispin, captured a victory in the same race in 2009.

The excitement of the day was stifled, however, when horses Timely Brush and Sandita were seriously injured during the eighth race and had to be euthanized. GP Downs underwent a $200,000 project in the offseason to improve the racing surface after three horses had to be euthanized after suffering injuries during races in 2009.

Snip N Dale, who is trained by Scott Raley, out-dueled Devon Dat Cash in the 350-yard sprint to finish in 17.32 seconds and win by a neck. The previous track record of 17.40 was shared by Prospectors Way in 2009 and Hannibal Lector in 2007.

Crispin also won the ninth and 10th races of the day.

Im Pure Country led wire-to-wire to take the $3,400 Daily Courier Inaugural Handicap for thoroughbreds, which was the co-feature. Nikeela Black was the winning jockey in the race that also included Timely Brush and Sandita.

Jockey Jose Torres, who finished tied with Black for most victories last year with 16, got off to a good start, winning two races. Hugo Herrera pushed Dash Home Jessi and Spicey Hot to first-place finishes.

Spicey Hot, a longshot, provided the largest win price of the day at $40 on a $2 ticket.

Only two favorites won on Saturday — Snip N Dale in the fifth race and Relieve in the ninth.

The starting gate malfunctioned during the fourth race and refunds were provided.

The action continues today with five quarter horse trials for the Firecracker Futurity. The post time is 12:30 p.m. and admission is free for fathers.

Saturday's Results

FIRST RACE

QH Mdn, 300 yd. 1, Dash Home Jessi (H. Herrera), 25.40, 26.20, 4.60; 2, Miss Bac Splash (J. Crispin), 3.60, 2.60; 3, Hvr Willie Wanta Win (R. Camacho), 3.60. Q — 5-8 $26.80; TRI — 5-8-1 $483.00. Time — 15.62.

SECOND RACE

TB Mdn Clm, 51/2 F. 1, Luke Stallwalker (J. Torres), 20.60, 6.00, 3.60; 2, Ouzinkie (D. Braden), 7.00, 3.40; 3, Magic Dust (N. Black), 2.40. Q — 1-7 $105.80; TRI — 1-7-2 $229.20. Time — 1:08.20.

THIRD RACE

TB Mdn, 5 1/2 F. 1, Vicky's Magic Girl (M. Terleski), 14.20, 10.60, 4.40; 2, Thai Cheau (J. Guerrero), 44.80, 5.60; 3, Yamasham (J. Crispin), 2.80. Q — 7-ALL $12.40, 8-ALL $4.60; TRI — 8-7-3 $1,307.20. DD — 1-8 $176.60. Time — 1:09.60.

FOURTH RACE

QH Clm, 350 yd. 1, North Fork (N. Black); 2, Juno Dat Magic (T. Birdrattler); 3, Tio Willson (J. Guerrero). All Bets Off (Gate Malfunction). Time — 18.750.

FIFTH RACE

QH Mail Tribune S., 350 yd. 1, Snip N Dale (J. Crispin), 4.20, 4.40, 3.00; 2, Devon Dat Cash (A. Alberto), 7.00, 4.60; 3, Eyes Okey (J. Torres), 4.20. Q — 3-5 $22.00; TRI — 3-5-8 $111.00. Time — 17.320.

SIXTH RACE

TB Clm, 5 1/2 F. 1, Kid Huey (J. Torres), 11.00, 5.00, 5.20; 2, Political Haze (D. Braden), 4.80, 4.40; 3, Moonlit Master (T. Birdrattler), 7.20; Q — 7-8 $42.00; TRI — 8-7-6 $437.40. Time — 1:07.60.

SEVENTH RACE

TB Clm, 4 1/2 F. 1, Spicey Hot (H. Herrera), 40.00, 14.20, 4.40; 2, Arizona Diamond (J. Crispin), 4.80, 4.40; 3, Ice Dance (T. Birdrattler), 4.20. Q — 2-7 $46.80; TRI — 7-2-3 $472.20. Time — 0:59.00.

EIGHTH RACE

TB Daily Courier Inaugural H., 51/2 F. 1, Im Pure Country (N. Black), 7.60, 3.60, 2.60; 2, Air Pegasus (H. Herrera) 5.20, 3.80; 3, Sweet Addition (J. Torres), 3.40. Q — 5-7 $15.20; TRI — 7-5-6 $242.40. Time — 1:06.00.

NINTH RACE

TB Clm, 51/2 F. 1, Relieve (J. Crispin), 5.60, 2.60, 2.20; 2, I'm Rough N Ready (J. Torres), 3.40, 2.40; 3, L D Dusty (T. Birdrattler), 3.40. Q — 4-7 $12.00; TRI — 4-7-1 $238.20. Time — 1:07.20.

TENTH RACE

TB Clm, 6 1/2 F. 1, Welfare Cadillac (J. Crispin), 8.80, 3.00, 3.80; 2, Handsome Lover (J. Torres), 3.60, 4.20; 3, Bold Officer (D. Braden), 15.60. Q — 5-7 $16.00; TRI — 5-7-6 $376.40; DD — 7-5 $10.40.

Attendance — 2,175; Handle — $40,700.