Jaded Tiger charges to big upset at GPD
GRANTS PASS — Under a rail-skimming ride by Joree Scriver, Jaded Tiger scored a 1½-length victory in the $11,400 Daily Courier Stakes for older fillies and mares Tuesday night at Grants Pass Downs.
Second longest price in the field of seven, Jaded Tiger ran five furlongs in 57.81 seconds and paid $48.60 for a $2 win ticket. It is the second career stakes victory for the 4-year-old filly, who captured the 2019 OTOBA Stakes at Grants Pass Downs.
Just Classy, ridden by Patrick Henry Jr., rallied from last to finish second and give owner-trainer Jackie Smith the top two finishers.
“Well, I’m thrilled to death to finish first and second,” Smith said. “I was optimistic because they’re both nice horses, but I didn’t think Jaded Tiger would go off at such a big price. Joree didn’t look at the tote board, she rode a great race.”
Taking aim on a second straight title at Grants Pass, Scriver rode three winners Tuesday, also scoring on Agua de Fuego ($12.20) in the first race and Sizzling Grace ($5.60) in the fifth.
In the Daily Courier, Scriver drove Jaded Tiger through an opening inside on the backstretch and took control of the race into the last turn. The winner entered the stretch with a 1½-length advantage on Hold That Smile, and then held off Just Classy for the victory.
An Oregon-bred by Smiling Tiger, Jaded Tiger earned $6,270 for Tuesday’s victory, and her overall mark is 5-0-3 in 21 starts with $44,304 in earnings.
Hold That Smile, bidding for her eighth win in 13 starts at Grants Pass Downs, settled for third place, while 1-to-2 favorite Square Peggy drifted far wide on the last turn and finished fourth. Xtrafine Xtina, Kissable U and Miss Mozart completed the order of finish.
Older fillies and mares reconvene June 7 for the $10,000 added Shady Cove handicap at six furlongs.
On-track attendance was 575 and the total handle of $570,039 established another record for an eight-race card at Grants Pass Downs.
NOTES: By comparison, 6-year-old gelding El Alto Hombre won Monday’s $12,000 Caveman Stakes in 58.45 for five furlongs. ... Jockey David Martin also had a productive evening with a pair of wins including a $32 upset on Heavy Haul for trainer Travis Wheeler in the eighth race finale.
Trainer Jim Craig had a two-win night with Agua de Fuego ($12.20) in the opener and Hot August Storm ($4.60) in the fourth. ... The late $2 daily double of Jaded Tiger to Heavy Haul paid a whopping $1,090.20.
Apprentice Bryson Butterfly notched his first career victory aboard First Moon Cat ($7.80) in Tuesday’s second race, guiding the 5-year-old Washington-bred mare to a nose victory over Fast Movin Freight in a $6,300 quarter horse allowance. Butterfly, whose first mount was Monday, scored the victory in his sixth career race. ... 2020 Firecracker Futurity champion Louisana Bunny finished fourth as the 6 to 5 favorite in her season debut for trainer Nick Lowe, 1½ lengths back of First Moon Cat.
Chiefs Lil Pearl ($4.20), a five-time winner at Grants Pass Downs in 2020, scored easily in her 2021 debut for Glory B Stables and trainer Mary Boyle, zipping 4½ furlongs in 53.58 seconds under regular rider David Martin. A 6-year-old California-bred mare, Chiefs Lil Pearl is 8-for-11 at Grants Pass and 13 for 36 overall. Glory B Stables and Boyle completed the exacta, as Swiss Script finished second to Chiefs Lil Pearl.
The spring/summer meet resumes Monday with post time 5:15 p.m., including a carryover of $11,975 in the $0.50 Jackpot Pick 5. Gates open at 4:15 p.m. and tickets are available at gpdowns.com or at the gate.