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Raiderette wins sprint series final at GPD

GRANTS PASS — Raiderette held off Beau Rocks and scored a half-length victory in Monday’s $17,950 OHBPA Fillies and Mares Sprint Series Final at Grants Pass Downs.

Ridden by Alex Anaya, Raiderette ran six furlongs on a wet-fast track in 1 minute, 14.98 seconds and paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.80. Jorge Rosales is the winning owner and trainer.

The victory capped a three-race sweep for Raiderette, who also took leg one at 5 furlongs on Oct. 4 and leg two at 5 /2 furlongs on Oct. 18.

And as usual, Raiderette led all the way, opening a 3 1/2-length lead while setting fractions of :23.02, :47.17 and 1:00.33. Beau Rocks went down fighting, however, and made a late surge at the winner.

“I could hear (Beau Rocks) coming fast but thankfully we were able to get there,” said Anaya, the meet’s leading rider with 16 wins.

A 7-year-old Louisiana-bred by Dominus, Raiderette has an overall record of 10-5-9 in 36 starts with earnings of $127,500.

Beau Rocks, ridden by James Wooten Jr., paid $4.40 and $3. The 7-year-old mare is 4-3-1 in 10 career starts at Grants Pass Downs.

Shez a Grinder, ridden by Jose Figueroa, was four lengths back in third and paid $7.60, while My Lite Nite, Thechampisfloring, Timberlake Gage, Bluegrass Betty, Gee Street, and Cosmic Tripster completed the order of finish.

Taylor Smith, rider of Timberlake Gage, claimed foul against the winner alleging interference into the first turn, but the stewards disallowed the claim.

All horses carried 126 lbs.

In other Monday action, Cm Once Ina Bluemoon rolled to an easy 1 3/4- length victory in the $18,100 Crater Lake Handicap for quarter horses 3-year-olds and up. The winner covered 600 yards in 30.528 seconds on a wet-fast track and paid $2.20 as the overwhelming betting choice.

Hustled to the lead in the opening strides by regular rider James Wooten Jr., Cm Once Ina Bluemoon extended his lead around the turn and proved much the best through the lane. The winner carried high weight of 129 lbs.

A 6-year-old Oregon-bred owned by Chris Sutton and trained by Nick Lowe, Cm Once Ina Bluemoon is 18-for-42 lifetime including eight stakes wins with earnings of $149,293. First prize in the Crater Lake was worth $9,050.

Cm Once Ina Bluemoon has won three straight at the meet and is 6-1-2 from 12 career starts at Grants Pass Downs. According to Wooten, the only anxious moment was a slight misstep leaving the starting gate.

“After that everything went perfectly,” he said. “I let him bounce away from there, get his feet under him, and let him do his thing. It’s good to ride the best of the best.”

Wildfires Phantom 2, ridden by Alex Anaya, held second, while Chicks Fast Farley, ridden by Jose Guerrero, finished third. Hes a Bugin, Romanian, and Wave to Glory.

On-track attendance was 275 with a total mutuel handle of $351,208. Live racing was set to continue at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

NOTES: Strike It Lucky ($17.80) upset 4-to-5 favorite Christine’s Jack in Monday’s fifth race, a $7,700 allowance/optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up. Ridden by Jose Guerrero and trained by Emilio Guerrero, Strike It Lucky gave owner Boardshorts Stables its meet-leading eighth winner ... Jose Guerrero and Emilio Guerrero both had three wins Monday, scoring with Strike It Lucky, Year of the Ox ($6.80), and Speedy Tom ($4.20) ... It took 30 tries but He’s Bandido ($9.40) is a maiden no more. The 6-year-old gelding held off Dutch Colonel by a neck in race three for $5,000 maiden claimers ... Alex Anya rode two winners including More Honor ($7.80) for trainer Mary Tate in race nine ... Joree Scriver scored career win No. 100 aboard Bethel Ridge ($15.80) in race six. Scriver has 89 thoroughbred and 11 quarter horse wins ... The $0.50 Jackpot Pick Five carryover is $34,487.

Ridden by Alex Anaya, Raiderette ran six furlongs on a wet-fast track in 1 minute, 14.98 seconds to win Monday’s $17,950 OHBPA Fillies and Mares Sprint Series Final at Grants Pass Downs. Photo courtesy Grants Pass Downs