Cute Creation cashes at long odds in Michigan Oaks

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.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

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
Time: 1:49.75

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3 responses to “Cute Creation cashes at long odds in Michigan Oaks

  1. ragman

    Also on saturday…

    2nd race #7 Honor And Hope trained by Sandra Adkins and 6-1 on the morning line wins and pays $89.20. One of her horses going at over 40-1 is strange but only paying $9.60 to place seems a bit low. You would guess that the big chalk (#5 Beija Fleur at 1-1)in the race finished 2nd. You would be right but the thing is that she paid $8.00 to place.
    Show prices were screwy also.

    Does anyone know if the pick 5 is a must pay today?

  2. mibredclaimer

    Wow, that one is a major head scratcher. Leading connections, broke her maiden at Mountaineer, didn’t embarrass herself in her Pinnacle debut in her previous start…10-1 looks like a steal, much less 43.60-to-one. With a smaller pool, someone might have hammered the win pool, but with the favorite going off at even money, that doesn’t appear to be the case. I don’t get it, but props to whoever sniffed it out and cashed in.

    That’s a very good question. I suppose we’ll find out at the end of the day.

  3. ragman

    Sounds like racing will continue with smaller purses.

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