Irish Turban, My Best Habit and Quackgrass Sally conquered a muddy track and raced to victories Saturday in three of the six $10,000 added stakes races for claiming horses that are featured attractions in this weekend’s Winter Festival of Racing at Playfair Race Course.
Irish Turban, which has posted some of the best times of the meet, wired the field and carried jockey Frank Best home in a season-best time of 1 minute, 13-1/5 seconds to win the 6-furlong $4,000 Claimer Supreme.
My Best Habit, with Tom Dahlquist aboard, came from off the pace to catch Two An Oh and capture the 6-1/2-furlong $2,500 Claimer Supreme in 1:18, and Quackgrass Sally went wire-to-wire under the ride of Vince Ward to win the 6-furlong $2,500 Claimer Supremette for fillies and mares in 1:13-4/5.
Race fans statewide wagered $390,000 on Saturday’s races. Racing resumes this afternoon at 1 p.m. with another 10-race card featuring a $4,000 Claimer Supremette, a $5,000 Claimer Supremette and a $5,000 Supreme.
Portland built an eight-run lead and then survived its own wild pitching and a Gonzaga comeback to post a 10-8 college baseball win in Fresno State’s Pepsi-Johnny Quik Classic.
The Pilots (8-5-1) got home runs from Danny Finale, Joe Dugan and Jason Vaughn in sprinting to a 10-2 lead after 7-1/2 innings. But GU (6-7-1) made things interesting by scoring five times in the bottom of the eighth with the help of an error, a passed ball, three wild pitches and three hit batsmen.
Portland pitchers hit nine batters.
Community Colleges of Spokane dropped two games in the Treasure Valley Community College Holiday Inn Classic in Ontario, Ore., losing to Southern Idaho 19-1 and Chemeketa 7-2.
Michael Penny blasted a homer for CCS’s only run against CSI.
CCS won just one of four games during the first day of competition in the Maricopa Community College women’s softball tournament in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Sasquatch, who play two more games today, opened with one-run losses to Ricks and Phoenix, but bounced back to thump Scottsdale 11-1 before losing their finale 5-1 to South Mountain.
Washington State’s Ian Waltz opened the Cougars’ outdoor season with double crowns, winning the men’s discus and shot put at the Cal Poly Invitational Track Meet at San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Waltz, from Post Falls, heaved the discus 188 feet, 3 inches and put the shot 60-1-1/4. Both were Pacific-10 Conference qualifying marks.
Teammate Hilary Mawindi won the men’s triple jump with a leap of 51-11-1/4, and Molly Moore led WSU’s women by winning the shot put with a toss of 43-5-1/2.