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Michigan-breds qualify for All-American Futurity, Derby

A Michigan-bred will fill a spot in  the starting gate in both the All-American Futurity and All-American Derby this weekend at Ruidoso Downs.

Cold Cash 123 will compete in the $1,316,760 All-American Derby on Sunday, September 4, while Mr Ease 123 will run in the estimated $2.4 million All-American Futurity on Monday, September 5.

Both horses are owned by Walter and Carolyn Bay’s T-Bill Stables and trained by Sleepy Gilbreath.

Below are a pair of press releases from the American Quarter Horse Association outlining each qualifier.

All-American Futurity

TENTH FASTEST QUALIFIER: MR EASE 123
Brown gelding, Holland Ease-Barbs Beduino 123 by Chicks Beduino

Racing in the ninth trial, Mr Ease 123 was second by a neck to Lethal Volt, with a time of :21.395. He held on to be the 10th-fastest qualifier.

Race Record: 3-0-2-0 $1,630. A maiden, Mr Ease 123 opened his career in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) trials, then was second in his Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial to qualifier Hez Our Secret.

Owner/Breeder: Carolyn Bay of Clare, Michigan, races horses in her own name and in the name of her T Bill Stables – named in honor of her first horse. Her runners include two-time Grade 1 winner Cold Cash 123 and Grade 3 winner Fanci Ending 123. Cold Cash 123, the Rainbow Derby (G1) winner, is the fastest qualifier to the All American Derby (G1).

“Believe me, this is an excited place,” Bay said from her farm in Clare, where both her qualifiers were foaled.

Mr Ease 123 is a homebred out of her homebred mare Barbs Beduino 123.

“This doesn’t make a bit of difference, they don’t have to be beautiful to run,” Bay said. “But he happens to be just a beautiful 2-year-old. He happens to be one of my favorites. He’s been good-looking and a dominant baby ever since he was born.”

Mr Ease 123 got his name when farm helper and volunteer Joan Roberts, who loves to help with the newborn foals, brought her non-horsey husband, Mike Roberts, out to see the foals. Joan reported that Mike really liked the colt, and so Bay added his initials – MR.

The “123” designation at the end of the horses’ names indicates an old family story – when Bay’s parents began dating, they did not have the approval of their families, so they used the numbers as a code for “I love you.” It became part of the family lore and part of the horses’ names.

Trainer: Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, a member of Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame, trained world champion Refrigerator to his 1990 All American Futurity win, and On A High to win the 1983 All American Futurity. His trainees have earned more than $22.6 million, with 1,335 winners from 6,868 starters. He has the bookend qualifiers for the All American Futurity – fastest qualifier Ochoa and 10th-fastest qualifier Mr Ease 123 – as well as the All American Derby (G1) fastest qualifier Cold Cash 123.

Qualifying Jockey: Reigning champion jockey Jacky Martin returned to race riding in a big way in 2010, jumping in with year-end earnings of $3.2 million and the champion jockey award. The seven-time All American Futurity-winning jockey, who rode his first official races in 1972, has ridden 2,968 winners from 14,344 starters and the earners of more than $46.4 million. Martin also qualified Ochoa, Tee Cos and Denver Pass.

Pedigree: Sire Holland Ease is a 22-year-old son of First Down Dash and the sire of Corona Cartel (who sired four of the All American Futurity finalists). A Grade 1 winner on the track, Holland Ease from 16 crops has sired the earners of more than $11.7 million. They include 367 winners from 617 starters, 41 stakes winners and champion Haulin Pass.

Barbs Beduino 123 is a homebred for Bay, and like All American Derby fastest qualifier Cold Cash 123, traces to the stock that was owned by Walter and Barbara Conley of Remus, Michigan. Bay bought and was given horses from their program, including Tiny Lou Etta. The Tiny’s Gay mare is the third dam of both Mr Ease 123 and Cold Cash 123. Barbs Beduino 123 is named in honor of Barbara, who picked the filly out as her favorite of that year’s crop.

The winning Chicks Beduino mare has produced three winners from four starters, including stakes winner Shadaisy 123 (by Shazoom, $60,203).

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All-American Derby

FASTEST QUALIFIER: COLD CASH 123
Bay gelding, Oak Tree Special-Hot Cash 123 by Takin On The Cash

Winning the sixth of nine trials by a half length over second-fastest qualifier DM Streakn Thru Fire and 10th-fastest qualifier The Printing Press, Cold Cash 123 won his sixth consecutive start at 440 yards in :20.833 to earn the fastest qualifying time.

Race Record: 10-6-1-0 $615,346, won Rainbow Derby (G1), won Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1), won All American Juvenile (R). Cold Cash 123 broke his maiden in the All American Futurity (G1) trials last year, failing to qualify to the final but winning the All American Juvenile Invitational (R). He went on to earn his first Grade 1 in the Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park. After an uncharacteristically poor effort in the Heritage Place Derby (G2) trials this spring, he dominated his Rainbow Derby trial in a near track-record time and went on to win the final.

Owner/Breeder: Carolyn Bay of Clare, Michigan, races horses in her own name and in the name of her T Bill Stables. Her runners include two-time Grade 1 winner Cold Cash 123 and Grade 3 winner Fanci Ending 123. She also owns All American Futurity finalist Mr Ease 123.

“When you’ve won so many races and so much is expected of you … ‘Cold Cash’ probably doesn’t know that, but it’s nerve wracking (for us),” Bay said. “But it’s very exciting.”

The gelding has an easy-going temperament that shows before races.

“He is something,” Bay said. “He just goes onto the track like a pony horse. He’s laid back, just goes along with a loose lead. But then he gets behind the gates and knows where he is. And he does his job.

“He has caused quite a stir here,” Bay added. “The neighbors are calling, they’re watching it on television. It has caused quite the excitement in this small county of Clare.”

Trainer: Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, a member of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame, trained world champion Refrigerator to his 1990 All American Futurity win, and On A High to win the 1983 All American Futurity. His trainees have earned more than $22.6 million, with 1,335 winners from 6,868 starters.

“He’s a different kind of horse,” Gilbreath said of Cold Cash 123. “He’s really laid back. If you shake him up, he gets mad, so we just leave him alone.”

Qualifying Jockey: Since 1985, Roy Baldillez has won 1,314 of 9,599 starts, including 51 stakes wins, with mount earnings of more than $13.6 million. His mounts have included Grade 1 winners Illegal Memories (Texas Classic Futurity), Thewayouwantmetoo (Rainbow Futurity), Red Clay Of Texas (Ruidoso Futurity), Invisible Injun (Texas Classic Derby), Significant Speed (Dash For Cash and Rainbow derbies), Easily A Rogue (Remington Park Championship) and First Down Kelly (Blue Ribbon Futurity).

Pedigree: Oak Tree Special (2000, Special Task-Easy Lady Oak by Easy Dozen) was the 2003 world champion and earned $628,470 while compiling a record of 26-16-2-2. With 248 starters from five crops raced, Oak Tree Special has sired 17 stakes winners, 130 winners and the earners of more than $5 million. With progeny earnings of more than $1.57 million to date this year, Oak Tree Special currently is the sixth-ranked sire of money earners in 2011.

Dam Hot Cash 123 is a maiden half sister to the stakes-winning Striking Bunny geldings Overpowered and Hot Hugger. The Takin On The Cash mare also produced 2010 Paint world champion I Do One Two Three. Cold Cash 123 is her first American Quarter Horse foal.

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The Haiku Handicapper: 2010 Malibu Stakes

It’s the last hurrah
For the class of ’07
A loaded sprint field

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#1 – Paris Vegas
Life imitates name
Big spots haven’t been his best
Wouldn’t have high hopes

#2 – Alcindor
Late-blooming prospect
He’s going for the gusto
Off two career starts

#3 – Thiskyhasnolimit
Second-tier circuit
Well-traveled colt tries west coast
Should like shorter task

#4 – Caracortado
Ex-claimer’s comeback
Dirt, top-tier form is shaky
Look for him next year

#5 – Noble’s Promise
Reborn in sprint ranks
Came back strong from Euro trip
Very dangerous

#6 – Setsuko
Back from eight-month rest
Needs some time to get rolling
Not feeling this spot

#7 – Don Tito
Calder vibes are hot
Nice surprise in first stakes try
Worth note for supers

#8 – Thomas Baines
Tried Cal Derby trail
Then sank back to claiming ranks
Nothing’s changed since spring

#9 – Twirling Candy
High upside speedball
Brings it at one turn or two
Won’t melt on the pace

#10 – Our Minesweeper
No-Cal-er tries dirt
Didn’t light up overnights
Sweep him to the curb

#11 – Smiling Tiger
West coast’s top sprinter
Beat older foes all summer
Solid as a rock

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Who’s best in the ‘Bu?
The five horse looks promising
Nine and eleven

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Valient Tenobob raw but effective in Michigan Futurity

Despite his best efforts to do otherwise, Valient Tenobob could not stop himself from running away with Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Service Stripe colt was unhurried out of the gate and settled into last on the rail, as Buy The Law, Duty Calls and Duncan took to the lead heading into the first turn. Post time favorite Duty Calls emerged from that group in the turn and led by a length heading into the straightaway. He was chased by Duncan across the backstretch, who quickly gave way heading into the final turn. However, Valient Tenobob was on his way to take Duncan’s place and flew past the leader on the outside.

Valient Tenobob opened up multiple lengths in the turn and moved onto the rail, then things got interesting. As he approached the quarter pole, Valient Tenobob shied away from the whip of jockey Tommy Molina and almost slowed to a halt entering the stretch. That loss of momentum allowed Noequal to get within striking distance at the top of the stretch, but Valient Tenobob re-rallied and left that rival behind. He weaved greenly through the stretch, but did it far enough ahead of his foes that it did not matter, as he crossed the wire seven lengths ahead of Noequal. Equal To finished 8 3/4 lengths behind the runner-up for third.

The final time for the one mile race was 1:45.23 over a fast dirt surface. He was the betting public’s second choice at odds of 2.70-to-one.

Valient Tenobob was homebred in Michigan by trainer James Jackson and Laura Jackson. He is also co-owned by Red Riding Hood Stable LLC.

With the victory, his first in stakes company, Valient Tenobob improved his career record to a perfect three-for-three for earnings of $48,222.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Valient Tenobob (Tommy Molina) 7.40 / 4.80 / 3.40
1 – Noequal (Federico Mata) 3.80 / 2.80
5 – Equal To (Ricardo Barrios) 3.20

One Mile
Time: 1:45.23

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Going For More leads all the way in Michigan Juvenile Fillies victory

Going For More sprinted to an early lead and outlasted a late challenge to win Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Slew City Slew filly broke quickly on the outside and entered the first turn about three paths off the rail. She was followed by Harlan Trace and post time favorite Paris Prayer, but the leader was soon putting distance between herself and her foes as they went through the turn. Going For More entered the backstretch about a length ahead of Harlan Trace and a tightly bunched pack. That margin held up along the straightaway, as Let Me Doit also advanced to a length behind the leader on the rail.

Going For More started to gain separation from her rivals heading into the final turn, and entered the bend with a length and a half advantage. Meanwhile, Paris Prayer began her rally from the back of the second flight and soon challenged Harlan Trace for second place. Going For More swung wide coming out of the bend and was quickly approached by Paris Prayer coming up the rail. The pair battled down the stretch, with Paris Prayer coming within a neck of Going For More’s lead, but she could not get past the winner, who outkicked the runner-up in the deep stretch under strong urging from jockey Ronald Allen, Jr. to win by a half length. Waxies Willie finished 13 1/4 lengths behind Paris Prayer for third.

Going For More completed the one mile race in 1:44.54 over a fast dirt surface. She was the field’s second choice at odds of 2.60-to-one.

Homebred in Michigan by Michael McQuade, Going For More was saddled by Gerald Bennett. The race was her second straight win from three starts, and her first blacktype score. Going for More’s career earnings now total $37,080.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

6 – Going For More (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 7.20 / 3.20 / 3.20
4 – Paris Prayer (Tommy Molina) 3.00 / 3.20
7 – Waxies Willie (Augusto Marin) 4.40

One Mile
Time: 1:44.54

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Stakes winners face off in Michigan Futurity

The winners of Michigan’s first two stakes races for Juvenile males will meet for a rubber match in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

Eight Michigan-bred two-year-olds nominated earlier this year will contest the one mile race. Last year’s rendition was won in a bank-breaking fashion by Sahmmy Falls.

Michigan Sire Stakes winner Noequal will try to solidify his two-year-old male of the year credentials with a strong showing in Saturday’s race. The Equality gelding picked a big race to graduate from the maiden ranks, with a 3 1/4 length score in the Oct. 16 Sire Stakes. He also finished third in the Sept. 19 Patrick Wood Stakes. Regular rider Federico Mata will have the mount for owner Daniel McCarthy and trainer Ronald Allen, Sr..

Noequal was beaten in the Patrick Wood by Duty Calls, who will get the chance to do it again in the Michigan Futurity. The Service Stripe gelding took the Patrick Wood in a front-running fashion to prevail by 4 3/4 lengths in his most recent start. Duty Calls is owned by Mast Thoroughbreds LLC and trained by Robert Gorham. Jeffrey Skerrett will have the riding assignment.

Also entered is undefeated Valient Tenobob. The Service Stripe colt is a perfect two-for-two following a Sept. 4 maiden score at Pinnacle and a 2 3/4 length victory in an Oct. 2 allowance race at Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino in West Virginia. James Jackson will give Tommy Molina the leg up aboard Valient Tenobob for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable LLC.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Noequal / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 5-1
2. Native Niko / R D Allen, Jr. / J R Jackson / 7-2
3. Buy The Law / J E Collazo, Jr. / R J Rettele / 12-1
4. Valient Tenobob / T Molina / J R Jackson / 8-5
5. Equal To / R Barrios / D Foggiano / 20-1
6. Equal By Design / O Bernal / L Penner / 20-1
7. Duty Calls / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 3-1
8. Duncan / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 10-1

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Paris Prayer headlines Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes

Michigan’s two-year-old fillies will have one more chance to prove themselves in stakes competition this year in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

A field of seven will enter the gates for Saturday’s one mile race. Last year’s champion juvenile filly Hustle Now won the 2009 running of the race.

The group is led by Sickle’s Image Stakes winner Paris Prayer. A daughter of Meadow Prayer, Paris Prayer won the Sept. 18 race by 5 1/4 lengths after rallying six wide out of the final turn. She enters the Michigan Juvenile Fillies off a runner-up finish in the Oct. 16 Michigan Sire Stakes. James Jackson trains Paris Prayer for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable LLC. Tommy Molina will be in the irons.

Dixie Diva enters the race off an impressive 7 1/2 length score in an Oct. 24 maiden special weight race at Pinnacle. The Ulises filly rallied three wide down the stretch in that effort to secure the victory in her second start. Dixie Diva will be ridden by Federico Mata for owner and trainer Robert Gorham.

Harlan Trace will also try for her first stakes victory on Saturday. The Elusive Hour filly’s most recent start was a third place effort in the Sire Stakes. She is owned by Elkhorn Oake, Inc. and trained by James Jackson. Angel Stanley will have the riding assignment.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Dixie Diva / F Mata / R M Gorham / 15-1
2. Let Me Doit / O Bernal / L R Uelmen / 20-1
3. Juliets Secret / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 10-1
4. Paris Prayer / T Molina / J R Jackson / 6-5
5. Harlan Trace / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 6-1
6. Going For More / R D Allen, Jr. / G S Bennett / 2-1
7. Waxies Wilie / A A Marin / G R Fiesman / 8-1

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Meadow Wise wins older males Sire Stakes

Meadow Wise staked his claim to Michigan’s older male of the year title with a dominant victory in his division of Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The four-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding angled in at the start, but quickly corrected his course and shot to the front. He was soon passed by Hot Chili on the outside, followed closely by Red Bow Tie as they headed down the stretch. The trio came back to even terms heading into the first turn and became a duo when Hot Chili and Meadow Wise sped off to battle their way into the backstretch. Hot Chili led by a half length over Meadow Wise as they made their way past the barns with Red Bow Tie and Romeo Again less than a length behind him. As they made their way into the final turn, Hot Chili was swallowed up by Meadow Wise on the rail and Romeo Again on the outside.

The lead pair of Meadow Wise and Romeo Again battled neck-and-neck throughout the turn, with Hot Chili trying to regain position three wide. Meadow Wise emerged at the top of the stretch with a length and a half lead and ran down the shadow of the rail to win by 3 1/4 lengths under jockey Angel Stanley. Romeo Again battled Hot Chili for second place, and finished a length ahead of his foe.

Meadow Wise completed the mile and one eighth race in 1:54.76 on fast dirt. He left the gates as the favorite among the betting public at odds of 1.50-to-one.

Meadow Wise was bred in Michigan by James Arnold, Marcia Arnold and Deb Miley. He is owned by Mast Thoroughbreds LLC and trained by Robert Gorham. With the win, his second in stakes competition, Meadow Wise improved his lifetime record to six wins from 20 starts for earnings of $139,296.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

1 – Meadow Wise (Angel Stalney) 5.00 / 3.40 / 3.40
5 – Romeo Again (Federico Mata) 2.80 / 2.40
7 – Hot Chili (Ricardo Barrios) 4.20

One Mile and One Eighth
Time: 1:54.76

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