Might E Man, also known as "The People's Horse," captured the $10,000 Preview Stakes Saturday at Portland Meadows. Might E Man earned his nickname when Lynn Meech, a retired pipefitter from Longview, WA had his name drawn in the Portland Meadows "Win a Horse" contest Feb. 21. Meech receives 25% of Might E Man's earnings as an honorary owner.Might E Man settled nicely, eighth in a field of 12, until he rallied six wide at the quarter pole, taking command with a furlong to go. He drew out late and finished with plenty left under jockey Nate Chaves. "I am really happy that he raced to his potential," said winning trainer Ben Root. "We were fortunate to get a top rider in a last minute jockey change situation and he rode him very well." Regular rider Joe Crispin took off all his mounts Friday and Saturday due to illness.Chaves, who is in Seattle preparing for the start Emerald Downs meet, got a call from his agent while working horses that morning. Chaves drove the three hours from Seattle to Portland for the mount on Might E Man. He made the day a complete success when he picked up another ride in the afternoon's sixth race and won that as well.As honorary owner of Might E Man, Meech was awarded a $1,400 check by track general manager Jeff Grady for the winning effort. "This is simply wonderful," Meech said. "This has got to be one of the greatest thrills I've had in coming to the racetrack. This has been so much fun."
Meech also earned $375 from a third place finish in the Feb. 21 McFadden Memorial Stakes.The party isn't over for Root, Meech and Might E Man. He is expected to make his next start in the Oregon Derby on April 3.(Chart, Equibase)