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Jaded Tiger surges to Grants Pass victory

Grants Pass Downs

GRANTS PASS — Jaded Tiger caught Chiefs Lil Pearl in the closing strides and scored a three-quarter-length victory in the $6,700 feature race for fillies and mares Tuesday at Grants Pass Downs.

Under a perfectly timed ride by Joree Scriver, Jaded Tiger ran 5½ furlongs in 1:04.42 and paid $6.20 as second choice in the wagering. It was the second victory in three starts at the meet for Jaded Tiger, 23-to-1 upset winner of the Daily Courier Stakes on May 11.

Owned and trained by Jackie Smith, Jaded Tiger already has four wins this year — two at Turf Paradise, two at Grants Pass — and an overall mark of 6-0-3 in 23 starts with $48,289 in earnings.

“I’m really proud of her,” Smith said. “She had to go wide both turns tonight, but that’s just the way it worked out. She’s an Oregon-bred, and I especially love that. She’s really grown into herself his year.”

Jaded Tiger was fifth on the backstretch but received some help up front as Chiefs Lil Pearl got some early pace pressure from Hyphy. Bidding for her fifth straight victory and eighth in her last nine starts at Grants Pass Downs, Chiefs Lil Pearl shook clear into the stretch, but Jaded Tiger finished with a rush to snatch the victory.

Chiefs Lil Pearl, ridden by David Martin, held second while Emma’s a Beast, ridden by Taylor Smith, finished third. Hyphy, Timberlake Gage, Staracrossthewater and Pet Gold rounded out the order of finish.

Scriver rode four winners on the eight-race card and opened a 15-8 lead over Mckenzie King atop the overall jockeys’ standings. In addition to Jaded Tiger, Scriver won the fourth race on Beau Rocks ($6.80), the fifth on Seventh Wave ($4) and eighth on Jersey Red ($5).

On-track attendance was 208 and the mutuel handle totaled $372,041.

NOTES: Jl Rebel ($4.20) became the first quarter horse with two wins at the meet and set a track record while scoring by a head over Arizona Favorite in Tuesday’s $8,000 allowance test for 3-year-olds and up. Ridden by Jaime Lopez Jr. and owned and trained by Jaime Lopez Sr., Jl Rebel ran 350 yards in 17.304 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 17.320 set by Snip N Dale in 2010. A 7-year-old Oregon-bred, Jl Rebel is 6 for 8 at Grants Pass Downs and 8 for 16 overall with earnings of $31,969.

Apprentice Bryson Butterfly scored his first recognized thoroughbred victory on Hey Wilmaaa ($3.60) in race six. Butterfly, 16, has two quarter horse victories at the spring/summer meet. ... Racing resumes Monday at 5:15 p.m.