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Tell Foose claims Autumn Derby at GPD

GRANTS PASS — Tell Foose collared stable mate Lionized late and scored a neck victory in Monday’s $35,000 Autumn Derby for 3-year-old quarter horses at Grants Pass Downs.

With Martin Osuna riding, Tell Foose ran 400 yards in 19.923 seconds and paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10. Hector Magallanes is the trainer for winning owner Ruben Magallanes.

The fastest qualifier from three trials 15 days ago, Tell Foose overcame a relatively sluggish break to prevail, wearing down Lionized in the final strides for the victory.

“It was a really good race, actually,” Hector Magallanes said. “Tell Foose didn’t break as sharp as normal, but Lionized broke great and I didn’t think he’d be caught. Tell Foose earned it tonight.”

A 3-year-old California-bred gelding by Foose, Tell Foose has won three straight and has an overall record of 4-3-1 from 12 starts with earnings of $29,933. The Autumn Derby victory was worth $14,000.

Lionized, ridden by Alex Anaya, broke sharply and maintained the lead past mid-stretch before yielding to Tell Foose. Also trained by Magallanes, Lionized paid $4.40 and $2.80.

Dahock, ridden by Luis Gonzalez, was a nose back in third and paid $2.60 to show, while Not Another Lover, Super Bowl Sunny Day, Half Interest, The Streakin Queen and One Sweet Lippy completed out the order of finish.

Jess Ozzy and Skyywalker were scratched.

Also Monday in the $14,400 Douglas Fir Futurity for 2-year-old thoroughreds, El Maestro took control early and was never threatened while rolling to a four-length victory over Stonus Maxmus.

Ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, El Maestro zipped five furlongs in 59.16 seconds and paid $3.20, $2.60 and $2.40. Rigoberto Velasquez is the trainer and co-owner with John Sneesby and Lisa Baze.

El Maestro set fractions of 22.57 and 46.61 seconds en route to his second straight victory, upping his overall mark to 2-2 in four starts with earnings of $23,210. Monday’s triumph was worth $7,920.

“This is a nice horse, I didn’t have to do too much tonight,” Camacho-Flores said. “He ran a fantastic race. A good horse makes (the rider) look good.”

Stonus Maximus, ridden by James Wooten Jr., easily held second, and paid $5.20 and $3.40, while Dance Ballerina, Taylor Smith aboard, rallied for third and paid $2.80.

Rounding out the order of finish were Neumeister, Milords Oathkeeper, Bette Rouge and Lucinda Rella.

A 2-year-old Oregon-bred gelding by Sixthirteen, El Maestro is out of a dam — Meant to Be Mia — who won the final five starts of her career at Portland Meadows in 2014. His younger sister, Sketchy Lady, was a maiden winner at Grants Pass Downs and runner-up in the 2019 OTOBA Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.

On-track attendance was 333 and the total mutuel handle was $363,359.

NOTES: Christine’s Jack ($7.40) scorched six furlongs in a track record 1:09.32 while blitzing $3,200 starter/optional claiming foes by 11 3/4 lengths first off the claim for owner/trainer Jackie Smith. A 5-year-old California-bred gelding, Christine’s Jack was 2-1 in his final three starts this season at Emerald Downs. . . Alex Anaya and Leonel Camacho-Flores rode two winners each Monday. . . Trainer Sharon Balcom is 2-for-2 at the meet including a $44.20 score by Salty Nugget in Monday’s second race. . .Live racing continues Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

4th of July racing at Grants Pass Downs.Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune