Horse races see huge crowds on ladies night
Huge crowds packed the grandstands Wednesday night for the start of the Crooked River Roundup Race Meet.
Not only were the grandstands full for the start of the four-day race meet, the crowd spilled out behind the grandstands as long lines waited at the betting windows.
Official attendance for Wednesday's ladies night was 3,215 with nearly $80,000 going through the betting windows.
The race meet, which runs through Saturday, features at least eight races nightly, with more on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Racing ran smoothly on Wednesday despite not having full fields for any of the eight races.
Thursday's races had more entries than Wednesday and full fields are expected for most of Friday and Saturday night's events.
Despite not having full fields, most of the races were highly competitive with photo finishes on multiple contests.
Seven different trainers and four jockeys won races Wednesday night.
Heath Lawrence was the lone trainer to win multiple races, with horses taking the second and sixth race.
The race for top jockey at this year's race meet is wide open. Edwardo Gutierrez-Sosa started off on fire, winning three of the first four races. However, two other jockeys also won multiple competitions on the night.
Jake Samuels and Brandon Chance Boulanger each won two races, while Jamie E. Lopez won the final race of the night.
Riding Eyebrow Pride, Gutierrez-Sosa ran away from the field in the opening race of the night, a 250-yard quarter horse sprint, finishing with a time of 13.856. Jessadalight, ridden by Robert Burney was second in 14.128, while Chicks Fast Freeda,, ridden by Jose Guerrero, was third in 14.241.
Gutierrez-Sosa won again in the second race, riding Fast Chloe to victory in a five-and-a-half furlong thoroughbred race. Fantastic Chloe finished with a time of 1:10, while Hot and Sassy, ridden by Samuels was second and McKenna Warrior, ridden by Boulanger was third.
Samuels won his first race of the night in the third race, riding Royal Knight to first in a five furlong contest with a time of 1:04.40. Humberto Martinez on Wedgey Time was second, while Uptownfreddybrown, ridden by Lopez was third.
The fourth race of the night was a photo finish with Gutierrez-Sosa winning his third race of the evening aboard Cute Gurl. Cute Gurl covered the 250-yard distance in 13.666. Fifty Two Hard, ridden by Boulnager was second and Addysdream with Samuel on board was third.
The fifth race was also a photo finish as Samuels won again, this time covering the 610-yard distance in 32.635 seconds on Quatro Dude.
Flyin Rocks, ridden by Jose Elias Rodriguez was second with Martinez riding Bh Country Chrome to third.
Boulanger picked up his first win in the five furlong sixth race, riding Pure Brightness to victory in a time of 1:03.60. Samuels came in second on Kalulani, while Gutierrez-Sosa was third on Storm in Paris.
Boulanger won again in the seventh race, leading wire to wire as Where's My Voucher covered the five-furlong distance in 1:01.80.
Martinez on Bobbygenesjustice was second, while Samuels on Rockinatthebar was third.
In the final race of the night, Lopez rode Katsthoughts to first in a time of 1:08.00 over the five-and-a-half furlong distance.
Burney on Miss Overlook was second while Guerrero riding Talk That Talk came in third.
Races continue nightly with post time for race one set for 7:15 p.m.
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