GP Downs has surprise Saturday

GRANTS PASS — After last weekend’s soaring high temperatures kept down the crowds and handle at Grants Pass Downs, the attendance and betting were up Saturday at the local parimutuel track at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.

And jockey Jake Samuels continued his winning ways.

An estimated crowd of 2,580 wagered $38,307 on track. For the first time this season the handle was bigger than the comparable day last year. The $38,307 was the largest Day 5 handle since the Southern Oregon Horse Racing Association took over management of the track in 2013.

“We bounced back in a big way,” said Tag Wotherspoon, director of communications and marketing. “The weather was ideal and a lot of people were eager to get back to the races after last weekend’s high temperatures kept a lot of people away.”

Samuels registered three wins on the eight-race card and leads all riders with 14 victories through five racing days.

Samuels guided Win Surfer, a fourth-place finisher in last year’s Firecracker Futurity, to a win in the 400-yard quarter horse second race.

Samuels then notched back-to-back victories for trainer Darlene Braden in the fifth and sixth races.

Samuels took betting favorite Gabe’s Pride wire-to-wire in the fifth and rode Sunshine Serenade to the win in the sixth.

Gabe’s Pride posted his second victory of the season here and Sunshine Serenade was victorious in his first start at GP Downs after being shipped up from Emerald Downs in Washington.

Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa, who stands in second in the jockey standings with eight wins, rallied Storm On the River to a 1 ¾-length victory over favorite Xerxes in the featured $2,700 Dutch Bros. Purse seventh race.

Today’s Military Appreciation Day, which offers free admission to any current or former members of the armed forces, features three stakes races.

The $4,100 Miss Josephine County Purse has six fillies and mares going 5 furlongs. Sea Harbor Go was installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite by racing secretary Shorty Martin.

The sixth race will be the Carl Alleman Bonus Challenge, with a $7,000 purse in the 350-yard quarter horse sprint. Tickle Your Fancy, coming off two straight wins, is the 2-1 favorite. Tickle Your Fancy has over $50,000 in lifetime earnings.

The $6,570 OTOBA Summer Series Stakes will have seven thoroughbreds break from the gate in the 6 ½-furlong seventh race. Racing Ray has been given the favorite role by Martin.

“It’s a great card,” said Wotherspoon. “The field sizes are really good and the races are going to be very competitive. With three stakes races, it’s our way of thanking people who have a connection with the armed forces. It’s going to be a very patriotic day and nice lead into the Fourth of July.”

Saturday’s Results


TB, 5 ½ F. 1, Mundi Tuesday (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 4.20, 2.20, 2.10; 2, GS Cowboy Cash (J. Guerrero), 2.20, 2.10; 3, Competitive Sport (K. Guglielmino), 2.10. Q — 2-5 $4.60; EX — 2-5 $5.50; TRI — 2-5-4 $11.20. Time — 1:09.58.


QH Alw, 400 yd. 1, Win Surfer (J. Samuels), 8.80, 3.20, 2.40; 2, Favorite Hawk (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 2.60, 2.10; 3, Sir Runaway Isaac (K. Guglielmino), 2.20. Q — 3-5 $5.80; EX — 3-5 $5.50; TRI — 3-5-2 $16.10. Time — :20.052.


TB Alw, 5 ½ F. 1, Kendni (K. Guglielmino), 5.60, 4.20, 2.40; 2, North of Thorp (J. Figueroa), 3.80, 2.80; 3, Growin Up (R. Burney), 2.60. Q — 3-5 $13.60; EX — 5-3 $22.40; TRI — 5-3-4 $20.60; DD — 3-5 $28.60. Time — 1:06.70.


TB Alw, 6 ½ F. 1, Bella Fabiela (J. Figueroa), 16.00, 7.00, 2.60; 2, Fay Belle (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 3.60, 2.40; 3, Katsthoughts (K. Guglielmino), 2.20. Q — 2-5 $16.80; EX — 5-2 $44.30; TRI — 5-2-3 $64.30. Time — 1:24.59.


TB Clm, 6 ½ F. 1, Gabe’s Pride (J. Samuels), 3.60, 2.60, 2.10; 2, Uptownfreddybrown (K. Guglielmino), 2.80, 2.10; 3, My Son John (J. Guerrero), 2.10. Q — 3-4 $9.00; EX — 3-4 $7.30; TRI — 3-4-2 $10.70; Pick 3 — 5-5-3/1 $42.20. Time — 1:22.84.


TB Clm, 5 ½ F. 1, Sunshine Serenade (J. Samuels), 9.40, 4.20, 2.60; 2, Precious Pegasus (K. Guglielmino), 3.40, 2.60; 3, Table for One (R. Burney), 3.80. Q — 5-6 $12.00; EX — 5-6 $9.40; TRI — 5-6-4 $78.70. Time — 1:07.23.


TB Alw, 5 ½ F. 1, Storm On the River (E. Gutierrez-Sosa), 6.60, 2.40, 2.10; 2, Xerxes (J. Samuels), 2.20, 2.10; 3, Duma Council (R. Burney), 2.20. Q — 2-5 $4.20; EX — 5-2 $4.50; TRI — 5-2-4 $20.00. Time — 1:05.94.


TB Clm, 5 F. 1, Northern Smoke (R. Burney), 7.20, 3.80, 2.10; 2, Brother Ernie (E. Guerrero), 5.40, 2.20; 3, Guzzlingin (K. Guglielmino), 2.10. Q — 1-5 $18.80; EX — 5-1 $8.90; TRI 5-1-4 $38.60; Pick 3 — 5-5-5 $44.30; DD — 5-5 $24.80. Time — :59.74.

Attendance — 2,580 est.; Handle — $44,978, on track $38,307, off track $,6,671.

GWL Baseball

MEDFORD ROGUES 6, PORTLAND PICKLES 5: Braden Stutzman scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch after evening the score with a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning as the Medford Rogues rallied during Great West League play at Harry & David Field.

Stutzman went 2-for-3 and Clay Valenzuela-Reece 2-for-4 for Medford (22-8). Jake Hellweg hit a solo home run in the second.

The Pickles (13-16) and Rogues play again today at 6:35.



Gordon, Gagliardi (7) and Garcia; Fuller, Hutchinson (7), Floyd (8), Frost (9) and Isola. W — Floyd. L — Gagliardi. 2B — P: Henwood, Clarke, Hardy. HR — M: Hellweg (1).

American Legion AAA

W.A.B.F. TOURNAMENT: At Fairfield, Calif., the Medford Mustangs beat Napa Valley, 8-2, and topped Yolo Post 77, 11-3, to seal a spot in today’s W.A.B.F. Tournament semifinals at Yarborough Field.

The Mustangs (19-5-1) will face the Petaluma Leghorns at 4:30 p.m. today.

Against Napa Valley, Berry Hunt finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs, Cole Carder 2-for-3 and Joe Johnson 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Coldin Shopp earned the win after allowing one run (earned) and six hits with four strikeouts in 5 ⅔ innings.

Against Yolo Post 77, Casey Buchanan was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs, Charles Little 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs and Tate Cowden 2-for-4 with four RBIs for Medford, which tallied seven doubles.

Winning pitcher Preston Johnson gave up three runs (two earned) and six hits with four strikeouts in six innings.


Napa Valley;000;100;1;—;2;8;4

Shopp, Sanderson (6) and Turnbull; Luponovich, Cockrell (5) and Rustice. W — Shopp. L — Luponovich. 2B — M: Hunt. 3B — M: Cowden, Hunt.


Yolo Post 77;210;000;—;3;6;1


Galant, Borchard (4), Pitter (5) and Harman; P. Johnson and Little. W — P. Johnson. L — Galant. 2B — M: Cowden 2, Hunt, Geyer, Buchanan 2, Little.

American Legion A

SOUTH MEDFORD COLTS 5, ROSEBURG PEPSI 0: At Roseburg, Zac Ankeny went 2-for-3 with four RBIs as South Medford extended its winning streak to 13 games during Area 4 play.

Pitchers Ricky Boortz and Robby Carle (who was 2-for-3) combined for an efficient three-hit shutout for the Colts (14-2, 10-2 Area 4).

South Medford;000;104;0;—;5;8;1


Boortz, Carle (6) and Carle, Thompson (6); Townsend, Littlefield (6) and Six. W — Boortz (3-0). L — Townsend. 2B — SM: Campbell, Parnell, Ankeny 2, Boortz. 3B — R: Russell.

NORTH MEDFORD MAVERICKS 20-11, ASHLAND PILOTS 1-2: At Ashland, the North Medford Mavericks collected 31 hits during an Area 4 South Division doubleheader sweep at North Mountain Park.

In the opener, Nick Mastroni (2-1) tossed a five-inning one-hitter with three strikeouts. Elijah Westrick had a fifth-inning RBI single for Ashland’s only hit.

Jon-o Gassman led the Mavericks’ attack with four hits, including three doubles, with four runs scored and two RBIs. Zack Collins and Brady Buchanan added three hits each and Josh Robbins had two hits, three RBIs and two runs. Trevor Corallo reached base in four of his five at-bats, scored three runs and had two RBIs

In Game 2, pitcher Brandon King went 6 ⅔ innings for the Mavericks (16-4, 10-2 Area 4) to post his fourth victory in four decisions. King helped his cause with three hits, two runs and two RBIs.

Buchanan added three hits for North and teammates Jeremiah Huffman and Nick Samudio had two hits each.

Evan McLennan had two hits for Ashland.


North Medford;106;58;—;20;16;1


Mastroni and Robbins; Amann, Winicour (4), Senn (4) and Lemhouse. W — Mastroni (2-1). L — Amann. 2B — NM: Gassman 3, Corallo, Samudio.


North Medford;010;022;6;—11;15;4


King, Samudio (7) and Robbins; Buccino, Evans (7) and Lemhouse. W — King (4-0). L — Buccino. 2B — NM: King, Robbins, Corallo; A: McLennan, Buccino.

NORTH JACKSON TOURNAMENT: At Eagle Point, Central Point beat North Jackson, 6-1, after falling to Klamath Falls, 8-7, during the four-team North Jackson Tournament.

In the Comets’ win, Larson Kindreich went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs, Blake Hollingsworth finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Tyler Niemann picked up the victory on the mound after fanning eight in six innings.

Skylar Gaudern went 2-for-3 for North Jackson.

Against Klamath Falls, Caleb Lawrence was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Hollingsworth 2-for-4 with two runs and Niemann 2-for-4 for the Comets, who trailed 7-0 before rallying.

Central Point;002;010;4;—;7;9;1

Klamath Falls;610;000;1;—;8;6;1

Dance, Memmott (1) and Gilliland; Berrington, Henderson (7) and Grahm. W — Berrington. L — Memmott. 2B — CP: Lawrence.


Central Point;001;130;1;—;6;6;1

North Jackson;000;000;1;—;1;5;2

Niemann, Hollingsworth (7) and Lawrence; Fontana, Hall (5) and Alves. W — Niemann. L — Fontana. 2B — CP: Kindreich.

Little League

ASHLAND 14, CORVALLIS 0: At Grants Pass, Ean Lawrence and Toby Barnes combined on a no-hit shutout for Ashland in a state Little League tournament contest for ages 13-14.

Lawrence had six strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings and Barnes five Ks in 2 1/3 innings while facing just 16 total batters.

Lawrence was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs and Tripp Repp, Ian McKenna-Wood and Eyera Nogues all finished 2-for-3.



Auto Racing

SOUTHERN OREGON SPEEDWAY: At White City, Trent Elliott won the 20-lap late model main event and Kyler Barraza captured his second 25-lap winged sprint car main.

Steve Goetz erased his bad early-season luck with an impressive 20-lap mini stock main event victory, and Zack Nelson won his first career hornets main.

Scott Lenz secured his second 20-lap pro stock main event triumph at the speedway, and Jamie Britton swept the OTRO hardtops heat, trophy dash and 20-lap main.

Winged Sprint Cars — Heat Winner (6 Laps)-David Hibbard. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Kyler Barraza. Scramble (4 Laps)-David Hibbard. Main Event (25 Laps)-Kyler Barraza, David Hibbard, Bailey Hibbard, Merissa Henson, Enrique Jaime.

Late Models — Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Trent Elliott, Dustin Knight. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Nathan Augustine. Main Event (20 Laps)-Trent Elliott, Dustin Knight, Bob Dees, Nathan Augustine, Kristy Grout.

Mini Stocks — Heat Winners (6 Laps)-David Steele, Michael Johnson. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Bob Burkett. Main Event (20 Laps)-Steve Goetz, Gary Anderson, Michael Johnson, Dillen Lausen, David Steele.

Hornets — Heat Winners (6 Laps)-David Coggins, Jason Stoutenburgh. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Jason Stoutenburgh. Main Event (20 Laps)-Zack Nelson, Tim Hedges, Jason Stoutenburgh, Jenna Hedges, Ashton Hedges.

Pro Stocks — Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Scott Lenz. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Scott Lenz. Main Event (20 Laps)-Scott Lenz, Miles Deubert, Tom Hackworth.

OTRO Hardtops — Heat Winner (6 Laps)-Jamie Britton. Trophy Dash (4 Laps)-Jamie Britton. Main Event (20 Laps)-Jamie Britton, Mark Minter, Bruce Wilkerson, Bill Trotter, Rick Maguire.

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