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Crispin has another big day at GPD

GRANTS PASS -- Jockey Joe Crispin has made a sudden impact at Grants Pass Downs.

Crispin, this season's leading rider at Portland Meadows, had never rode at GPD before this year.

But Crispin is having little difficulty adjusting to the -mile dirt oval at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.

The veteran jockey registered three wins Saturday to drive his win total to nine in the first three racing days at GPD.

Crispin got off to a quick start Saturday with victories in the first two races on Gary Roberts' trained horses. Crispin guided 6-to-1 shot Tara Blee Quick to the wire first in the opener, a maiden claimer for fillie and mare thoroughbreds going 4 furlongs.

He duplicated the finish in a 5-furlong claiming second race on the 8-year-old thoroughbred Sully's National.

Crispin demonstrated his versatility with a victory in the 400-yard sixth race aboard quarter horse Mayhegobuggy.

Jockeys Twyla Beckner and Keith Rough each rode two winners on the 10-race card.

Rough, last season's GPD leading jockey, only had one winner the first weekend on eight mounts. But the Grants Pass rider scored victories on the quarter horse Jazzing Pink and thoroughbred Gumboy's Fortune.

Beckner, the winning jockey in last Saturday's Inaugural Handicap, picked up winners on two horses trained by her father Bob Beckner.

Racing continues today and Monday with a — p.m. post time at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.

Today's eighth contest on the 10-race card is the first leg of the Grants Pass Marathon Series. The $2,000-added handicap is scheduled to have five horses cover the 1th-mile course.

Saturday's Results

FIRST RACE

TB Mdn Clm, 4 F. 1, Tara Blee Quick (J. Crispin), 14.00 3.80, 2.60; 2, Gilt Unit (T. Beckner), 3.20 2.40; 3, Nice `N' Spicey (M. Barber), 3.40. Q -- 3-6 $8.60; TRI -- 6-3-1 $52.40. Time -- :54.63.

SECOND RACE

TB Clm, 6 F. 1, Sully's National (J. Crispin), 7.20, 4.20, 3.00; 2, Go See Sam (T. Skaggs), 4.80, 3.40; 3, Prayer Kept (K. Rough), 3.20. Q -- 2-6 $21.00; TRI -- 2-6-4 $228.60; DD -- 6-2 $47.80. Time -- 1:05.57.

THIRD RACE

QH Clm, 350 yds. 1, Watcher Cashum (T. Beckner), 6.60 3.60 2.20; 2, Private Val (D. Braden) 6.60 2.80; 3, Barrymore Sue (T. Skaggs), 2.20. Q -- 2-3 $19.60; TRI -- 3-2-1 $70.60. Time -- :18.05.

FOURTH RACE

QH Mdn, 400 yds. 1, Jazzing Pink (K. Rough), 4.60 3.20 2.60; 2, Kabetogama (H. Kent), 6.20 3.40; 3, Savannahs Bold Dash (T. Beckner), 2.60. Q -- 2-3 $12.40; TRI -- 3-2-5 $77.20. Time -- :20.21.

FIFTH RACE

QH Clm, 350 yds. 1, Shoo Be A Race Horse (E. Montehermoso), 5.80 3.20 3.00; 2, Dixie Alleia (K. Rough), 4.00 3.60; 3, JWS Dream (H. Kent), 5.80. Q -- 1-4 $16.00; TRI -- 4-1-2 $78.40. Time -- :18.08.

SIXTH RACE

QH Clm, 400 yds. 1, Mayhegobuggy (J. Crispin), 4.60, 2.80, 2.40; 2, Beda Kiss (T. Skaggs), 3.80, 2.80; 3, Bare For Cash (E. Montehermoso), 3.20. Q -- 3-4 $7.80; TRI -- 3-4-2 $95.40. Time -- :19.94.

SEVENTH RACE

TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Sis Q Calico (M. Truitt), 3.80, 3.20, 2.60; 2, Smoggy Notion (H. Kent), 9.00, 3.20; 3, Our Lucky Bonnie (T. Skaggs), 3.20. Q -- 1-6 $16.40; TRI -- 1-6-5 $54.00. Time -- 1:06.74.

EIGHTH RACE

TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Gumboy's Fortune (K. Rough), 5.60, 3.40, 3.00; 2, Mr. One Ring (J. Crispin), 3.80, 3.00; 3, Bagley Brown (M. Truitt), 3.80. Q -- 1-6 $7.40; TRI -- 1-6-5 $91.00. Time -- 1:04.83.

NINTH RACE

TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Freedom Gal (D. Braden), 6.80, 3.60, 3.00; 2, Mama's Dream (K. Rough), 3.40, 3.40; 3, Sociable Root (R. Luark), 3.40. Q -- 1-5 $17.40; TRI -- 1-5-3 $108.60. Time -- 1:05.92.

TENTH RACE

TB Clm, 6 F. 1, Honest Injun (T. Beckner), 6.80, 2.80, 3.00; 2, Navadia (D. Braden), 3.00 3.60; 3, High Water Glory (T. Skaggs), 5.60. Q -- 4-6 $8.20; TRI -- 4-6-3 $139.60; DD -- 1-4 $27.20. Time -- 1:19.97.