Horse owner Malon Cowgill stepped up this spring to help get the horse racing meet at Sun Downs up and running, donating the use of his tractors and much of his time.
Never did he think that one of his horses would come away with the fastest time at Sundays Pot OGold Futurity trials.
But thats what happened.
Tsunami Kidd, with jockey Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa aboard, crossed the finish line first with a time of 15.53 seconds over 300 yards.
That gives the 2-year-old the bulls-eye come the futurity finals May 4.
We like this colt, said Cowgill. Hes a good-minded colt, and today he ran a good a race.
It was a pleasant surprise for Cowgill.
I knew he was a decent colt, he said. But no, I never thought hed be the fastest. I used to have high expectations. Now I have low expectations. Its all about having a little fun.
And winning is fun.
I want to win, Cowgill said. Its just that I am not nearly needing to win as I used to be. Im not stomping a hole in the floor if I dont win. I have a little bit of perspective.
Tsunami Kidd, trained by Benito Curiel, was one of four finals qualifiers in that fifth and final trial, and three of the horses in that trial held the fastest times.
Tsunami Kidd edged Foose Flying a San Gregorio Racing Stable horse out of Southern California by a neck. Foose Flying had the second-fastest time at 15.58 seconds.
Third-place finisher in the trial at 15.69 seconds was Eye Opening Attitude one of four horses to make the finals that is trained by Hector Magallanes of Boardman, Ore.
What would we do without Hector? said Cowgill. He brings a lot of horses to this meet. Hes a big supporter.
Sunday also featured two trials for the Sun Downs/Meriel Distaff Challenge finals, and Chicks Special Angel, ridden by Never T. Marin, was the fastest qualifier, covering the 400 yards in 19.67 seconds.
Chicks Special Angel was the fastest qualifier last summer at the Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge, and finished fourth in the final.
The 6-year-old mare carried a 10-race winning streak back in 2012-13 most of those at Portland Meadows.
In Sundays trials, she took the lead early, then held off Ms Eaves and rider Cesar DeAlba by a full length.
The final is scheduled for May 4.
In the seventh-race Dorothy Adams Buttons and Bows Handicap at 4 furlongs, Up Your Plan ridden by Ruben Camacho and owned and trained by Kennewicks Jackie Smith beat Impulzive Kate and jockey Gutierrez-Sosa by 2 1/2 lengths.
A good-sized crowd took advantage of a sunny Easter Sunday to wager a total handle of $52,674.
The meet continues next Saturday, with first post at 1 p.m.
Bad day at the track for Trey.
Correctly picked a quinella in the third, but lost it when one of the horses was disqualified. It went from bad to worse from there, and Trey lost $85 on the day.
That leaves our little imaginary bankroll, which started at $300 at the beginning of the meet, down to $203.70.
FIRST TB clm $2,000, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2014, $1,500 purse, 4 furlongs: 1. Freedomslastknight 11.80, 3.60, 2.10. 2. Stormello Fello 3.80, 2.10. 3. Camp Pendleton 2.10. TRI (1-2-3) 29.00, EX 30.60, QU 27.00. T 46.60.
SECOND Pot OGold Futurity Trials, 2YO that nominated and remained eligible, $800 purse, 300 yards: 4. Chicks R Gone 16.00, 4.00, 3.40. 6. Secret Mountain Pass 2.80, 3.20. 2. Steens Wild 4.00. DD (1-4) 19.60, TRI (4-6-2) 129.20, EX 41.00, QU 32.70. T 15.93.
THIRD Pot OGold Futurity Trials, 2YO that nominated and remained eligible, $800 purse, 300 yards: 6. L Bar D Sweet Fantsy. 2. Beduin Flights. 4. Hes a Bugin. Superfecta (6-2-all-all) 13.40, TRI (6-2-4) 316.50, EX 48.40, QU 46.50. T 15.99.
FOURTH Pot OGold Futurity Trials, 2YO that nominated and remained eligible, $800 purse, 300 yards: 5. Lil Touch of Dixie 22.00, 5.20, 4.20. 2. Divil 4.00, 3.00. 4. Gray Baby Stoli 3.60. TRI (5-2-4) 93.00, EX 156.00, QU 52.20. T 15.79.
FIFTH Pot OGold Futurity Trials, 2YO that nominated and remained eligible, $800 purse, 300 yards: 3. Shesa Poppin Foose 6.20, 4.20, 3.20. 4. Sheza Rica 9.60, 3.80. 1. Lebron 6 3.40. TRI (3-4-1) 556.80, EX 82.00, QU 52.50. T 16.08.
SIXTH Pot OGold Futurity Trials, 2YO that nominated and remained eligible, $800 purse, 300 yards: 4. Tsunami Kidd 28.00, 7.60, 3.60. 3. Foose Flying 3.80, 2.80. 7. Eye Opening Attitude 3.80. Superfecta (4-3-7-all) 48.50, TRI (4-3-7) 212.80, EX 65.40, QU 43.20. T 15.53.
SEVENTH Dorothy Adams Buttons and Bows Handicap, TB Handicap, Fillies and Mares 3YO&Up, $2,850 purse, 4 furlongs: 3. Up Your Plan 9.20, 3.40, 2.40. 2. Impulzive Kate 3.80, 2.60. 1. Colorful Tune 2.60. TRI (3-2-1) 89.00, EX 13.00, QU 8.40. T 47.00.
EIGHTH Sun Downs/Meriel Distaff Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, $1,800 purse, 400 yards: 3. Shake Wide Open 11.80, 4.80, 4.00. 1. The Streakin Clean 3.80, 3.80. 5. Alota Action 2.40. TRI (3-1-5) 218.80, EX 18.60, QU 15.00. T 19.91.
NINTH Sun Downs/Meriel Distaff Challenge Trials, 3YO&Up, $1,800 purse, 400 yards: 1. Chicks Special Angel 4.00, 6.80, 4.20. 9. Ms Eaves 3.80, 3.20. 6. Flyin Lion 3.60. TRI (1-9-6) 53.40, EX 22.00, QU 22.80. T 19.67.
TENTH TB clm $4,000, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2014, $1,500 purse, 4 furlongs: 4. Disco D 11.20, 3.20, 2.10. 5. Swiss Ace 4.20, 2.10. 3. The Biens Gift 2.10. DD (1-4) 59.80, Superfecta (4-5-3-2) 22.20, TRI 59.60, EX 16.40, QU 20.10. T 47.30.
Total handle $52,674.