Starboard List cruises to GP Downs win
GRANTS PASS — Starboard List delivered a dominant performance in Tuesday evening’s $17,875 OHBPA Sprint Series Final for 3-year-olds and up at Grants Pass Downs.
Ridden by Taylor Smith, the 5-year-old ridgling cruised gate to wire to score by 2 1/4 lengths over Street Moxie while running six furlongs in 1 minute, 13.31 seconds on a good track. Starboard List returned $4.20, $2.80 and $2.40.
Owned and trained by Loegan Harshman, Starboard List compiled two wins and a third in the three-race series, including a 7 1/2-length rout in the second leg at 5 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 19.
Smith has ridden Starboard List in five of his six career victories and said the strategy is simple.
“He likes to go to the front and stay there,” she said. “I’ve ridden this horse for a couple of years, and he always tries. He ran great tonight.”
A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred by Tizway, Starboard List has a life mark of 6-2-5 from 27 starts with earnings of $41,377. Tuesday’s victory was worth $9,832.
Truly Crafty, dam of Starboard List, has produced seven winners including La Despreciada, winner of 16 races and over $142,000.
Street Moxie, ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores, chased Starboard List from second the entire race but settled for runner-up honors, returning $2.80 and $2.20.
Office of War, ridden by Alex Anaya, was 1 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show. Pampers n’ Boots, Working, Ardenlee Star, Attercop and Wild Kingdom rounded out the complete order of finish.
On-track attendance was 480 with a total mutuel handle of $571,689.
Live racing resumes Sunday with the rescheduled Oregon Championship Day at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Taylor Smith rode two winners and is one victory shy of 100 for her career ... In Tuesday’s $8,000 allowance for quarter horses, Warhock ($4) won his second straight for trainer Benito Curiel and owner Malon Cowgill, running 300 yards in 15.71 seconds into a cross wind under Alex Anaya ... Anaya rode three more winners Tuesday and leads the overall standings with 19 wins ... Recent arrival Hugo Herrera picked up his first win of the meet aboard Foreign Protocol ($4.60) for trainer Quinn Howey in race five, an $8,300 allowance for 3-year-olds and up. Herrera captured the 2021 riding crown at Ferndale and has a good history at Grants Pass Downs, tying for second overall in 2012. He also is 27 for 110 when riding for Howey ... Howey saddled three winners Tuesday — Foreign Protocol, Northern Quest ($5.20), and Big Enough ($8.40) — and opened a 14-11 lead on Jorge Rosales atop the trainers’ standings ... Chiefs Lil Pearl ($21) improved to 9-for-17 lifetime at Grants Pass Downs with a gate to wire victory in race six ... Patrick Henry Jr. also got his first win of the meet, scoring on Mattawa N That ($10.40) in race nine ... Trainer Mary Boyle had two wins Tuesday ... The $0.50 Pick 5 carryover is $43,485.