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Horse Races at Grants Pass Downs. [ // PHOTOS BY: LARRY STAUTH JR]

Burney, Zacherle lead way as GPD opens

GRANTS PASS — Jockeys Robert Burney and Louis Zacherle each picked up two victories Saturday as Grants Pass Downs kicked off its 11-race meet.

Burney won the fourth race aboard Okey Dokey Road and the sixth on Gabe’s Pride. Gabe’s Pride is owned and trained by Gabe Williams of Cave Junction and notched his 16th career win and third at GPD.

Zacherle’s wins came in the second on Inseperable Two and the seventh aboard Mr. Takahashi in a co-featured race, the Daily Courier Inaugural Stakes. It was Mr. Takahashi’s 11th win in 33 career races and his first here.

The other featured race — each had $3,500 purses, with $1,925 going to the winners — was the Mail Tribune Rogue Dash, won by The Cartel Hawk with Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa up in the fifth race.

Gutierrez-Sosa was the meet’s leading jockey the past two years, and Hector Magallanes, who trains The Cartel Hawk, has been the leading trainer over the same span. It was the horse’s third win in five starts at GPD.

Today’s featured races are the Firecracker Futurity quarter horse trials in the third, fourth and fifth races. The top eight horses qualify for the Firecracker Futurity on July 4 and compete for an estimated purse of $30,000.

Fathers get into the meet for free today.

Saturday’s Results

FIRST RACE

TB Mdn, 5½ F. 1, Mystic Wood Force (Lopez), 8.40, 5.60, 3.60; 2, Fleetside (Guerrero), 6.20, 3.80; 3, Just Misunderstood (Zacherle), 2.40. Q — 2-4 $25.40; EX — 4-2 $34.20; TRI — 4-2-5 $53.20. Time — 1:08.59.

SECOND RACE

QH Alw, 300 yd. 1, Inseperable Two (Zacherle), 10.80, 5.20, 2.20; 2, Deal a Ace of Spades (Figueroa), 7.40, 2.40; 3, Zoomin for Jas (Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.10. Q — 3-5 $66.20; EX — 5-3 $59.20; TRI — 5-3-4 $94.30. Time — 15.464.

THIRD RACE

TB Alw, 4½ F. 1, Mean Like My Momma (Figueroa), 5.60, 2.80, 2.40; 2, Heart’s Melody (Zacherle), 3.60, 3.00; 3, Astounding Abby (Guerrero), 3.00. Q — 2-4 $12.20; EX — 4-2 $13.00; TRI — 4-2-5 $123.30; DD — 5-4 $17.00. Time — 58.44.

FOURTH RACE

QH Mdn, 300 yd. 1, Okey Dokey Road (Burney), 8.20, 4.20, 2.80; 2, Jr Dasher (Figueroa), 7.20, 3.60; 3, Papa Dan (Guerrero), 3.20. Q — 3-5 $15.20; EX — 3-5 $14.30; TRI — 3-5-2 $69.80. Time — 15.543.

FIFTH RACE

QH Final, 350 yd. 1, The Cartel Hawk (Gutierrez-Sosa), 3.60, 3.40, 2.40; 2, Favorite Hawk (Guerrero), 5.80, 3.00; 3, L Bar D Genuine Red (Burney), 2.60. Q — 2-5 $10.20; EX — 5-2 $7.40; TRI — 5-2-6 $24.90. Time — 17.541.

SIXTH RACE

TB Alw, 5½ F. 1, Gabe’s Pride (Burney), 3.60, 2.60, 2.40; 2, Where’s My Voucher (Figueroa), 3.40, 3.00; 3, Fin Du Monde (Zacherle), 4.40. Q — 2-4 $8.60; EX — 2-4 $9.20; TRI — 2-4-1 $99.80. Time — 1:06.70.

SEVENTH RACE

QH Daily Courier Inaugural Stakes, 5 F. 1, Mr. Takahashi (Zacherle), 3.60, 3.60, 3.20; 2, Captain Gavel (Figueroa), 9.80, 7.20; 3, Parker’s Behr Cat (Lopez), 8.40. Q — 5-8 $13.60; EX — 5-8 $11.40; TRI — 5-8-1 $90.00. Time — 1:00.59.

EIGHTH RACE

TB Clm, 5½ F. 1, Another Winter (Guerrero), 7.60, 3.40, 2.80; 2, Storm In Paris (Whiteside), 3.40, 3.60; 3, Bella Fabiela (Parker), 3.40. Q — 1-4 $17.60; EX — 4-1 $11.80; TRI — 4-1-3 $73.60; Pick 3 — 2-5-4 $18.50; DD — 5-4 $14.00. Time — 1:07.67.

Attendance — 2,425. On track handle — $34,303. Off track handle — $19,112. Total handle — $53,415.

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