Cm Boom Shakalaka dominates at GP Downs
GRANTS PASS — Cm Boom Shakalaka delivered a powerful performance to dominate Monday’s $49,742 Bank of America Grants Pass Championship Challenge at Grants Pass Downs.
Exploding from the starting gate, the 6-year-old Oregon-bred gelding raced to a 1 ¼-length victory over Mighty Tony T, covering 440 yards in 21.239 seconds. Ridden by Luis Gonzalez for trainer Nick Lowe and owner Chris Sutton, Cm Boom Shakalaka paid $3.60 as the betting favorite.
Mighty Tony T, a 24-1 long shot ridden by Jose Figueroa, took second while Df Storm Tales, ridden by Nakia Ramirez, finished third. Arizona Favorite, the 3-1 second choice, finished fourth, followed by L Bar D Genuine Red, Approval Given, Cm Once Ina Bluemoon and Shez Sneakin Fast.
Cm Boom Shakalaka improved to 14-33 lifetime, earning $23,379 to push his career bankroll to $188,446. Sired by Carters Cartel, Cm Boom Shakalaka has seven career stakes wins including the 2020 Bank of America Championship Challenge Stakes at Emerald Downs.
The Grants Pass Championship Challenge marked the track’s first-ever race at 440 yards, a distance made possible by a new chute extending from the top of the stretch.
REVILLEW STAKES: In the $10,900 added Revillew Slew Stakes for Oregon-bred fillies and mares, Jaded Tiger did it again, catching Xtrafine Xtina in the final strides for a head victory in 1:04.59 for 5 ½ furlongs.
Ridden by Joree Scriver for owner/trainer Jackie Smith, Jaded Tiger paid $3 and is now tied with El Alto Hombre for most wins at the meet at four apiece.
A 4-year-old Oregon-bred by Smiling Tiger, Jaded Tiger prefers to run off the pace, and Scriver fits her perfectly. Xtrafine Xtina appeared to have command of the race after setting fractions of 21.42 and 44.59 seconds, but Jaded Tiger would not be denied and surged late for the victory.
“She has a big heart, and she knows where the wire is on this track,” Scriver said.
Jaded Tiger has six wins overall this year, tying her with three other horses for second most wins nationally in 2021. Six Ninety One, a 9-year-old gelding competing in Arizona, is No. 1 with nine victories this year.
Jaded Tiger’s overall record is 8-0-3 from 26 starts with earnings of $58,231.
Xtrafine Xtina, ridden by Bryson Butterfly, easily held second, while Brite Lily, ridden by Jose Guerrero, finished third. Rounding out the order of finish were Staracrossthewater, At U Lover, Jacomina, She Flys Forever, Alpine Heir and Hot August Storm.
JO DURHAM STAKES: Miss Important collared Square Peggy into the stretch and drew clear for a 2 3/4-length victory over Just Classy in the $10,800 Jo Durham Stakes for older fillies and mares.
Ridden by David Martin, Miss Important ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:21.10 and paid $4 as the public betting choice. Billy Christian trains Miss Important for owner Bern Kent, who claimed the filly two starts back for $10,000.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Graydar, Miss Important is 3-for-3 at the meet, including wins in the Shady Cove Handicap and Jo Durham Stakes. Her overall record is 5-0-1 in 11 starts with earnings of $78,877.
Square Peggy shook loose for a six-length lead early, but Miss Important gradually bridged the gap, finally gaining command inside the leader into the stretch.
Just Classy, ridden by Joree Scriver, nipped Square Peggy at the wire for second place, while Square Peggy, ridden by Mckenzie King, settled for third. Teaspoon of Pepper, Florista, Clem Juice and Timberlake Gage completed the order of finish.
On-track attendance was 325 and total mutuel handle was $394,297.
NOTES: Trainer Loegan Harshman earned her first career training victory, scoring with Tadeo ($10.80) in Monday’s fourth race. ... Veteran jockey James Wooten notched his first two wins of the meet, notching gate-to-wire victories aboard Burton Ernie ($11.80) in race two and San Juan Storm ($5.40) in race five. ... Billy Christian had a training double, scoring with Burton Ernie and Miss Important in the Jo Durham Stakes. ... Christian moved into second place in the overall trainers standings with nine wins. ... Quinn Howey leads the trainers with 11 wins. ... Joree Scriver’s win on Jaded Tiger upped her lead to 19-14 over Jose Figueroa in the overall jockeys’ standings. ... The $0.20 Jackpot Pick Five carryover has reached $66,547. ... The 2021 spring/summer meet was set to continue Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.