Cute Creation led at every point of call and broke the bank as the field’s longest priced entry to win Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Oaks at Pinnacle Race Course.
The three-year-old Creative Filly took to the front early and was soon a half length ahead of De La Crem as the field crossed under the wire for the first time. Cute Creation put a full length on De La Crem on the outside heading into the first turn, with Star Sheba not far behind on the rail. Those margins stayed about the same as the field entered the backstretch. The leader slowly crept away from her nearest trailers to an opening half mile time of 48.40 seconds.
Cute Creation entered the final turn about a length and a half ahead of Star Sheba and post time favorite Top Touch. The lead increased to about two lengths coming out of the bend, as Star Sheba took to the rail after racing on the outside of Cute Creation for the last quarter mile. Meanwhile, Hustle Now began her rally from well behind the leaders as the middle of the stretch opened up. Last year’s champion Michigan-bred two-year-old filly mowed down rivals down the stretch, but she could not reach Cute Creation, who won by 4 3/4 lengths under mild urging by jockey Jorge Collazo, Jr..
Hustle Now overcame an awkward start and rallied down the stretch to finish second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Star Sheba. Top Touch veered out badly coming out of the final turn and finished fourth.
Cute Creation completed the mile and one sixteenth race in 1:49.75 over a sloppy dirt surface. She left the gates with the highest odds on the board at 13.90-to-one.
Bred in Michigan by Todd and Carol Weddon, Cute Creation was saddled by Gary Terrien for owner Say Bay Racing, LLC. Cute Creation’s first stakes victory was her second win overall from seven starts. The Michigan Oaks score increased her career earnings to $41,210.
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5 – Cute Creation (Jorge Collazo, Jr.) 29.80 / 11.40 / 5.40
1 – Hustle Now (Octavio Bernal) 10.00 / 6.20
2 – Star Sheba (Tommy Molina) 5.00
One Mile and One Sixteenth