Charlies Fire kept a good day going for owner Lisa Campbell and jockey Federico Mata with a front-running score in the three-year-old fillies division of Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.
The Fire Blitz filly shot to the front on the rail and battled with Cute Creation and De La Crem for the lead as the field passed under the wire for the first time. Charlies Fire led by a length heading into the first turn with Cute Creation on her outside hip, but the leader quickly put several lengths between herself and her foe through the bend. The margin between first and second was three lengths as the field entered the backstretch.
Charlies Fire kept a multiple length cushion between herself and the rest of the pack across the backstretch that dwindled to about a length and a half heading into the final turn. Cute Creation and Fully Exposed continued to chase Charlies Fire through the bend, while Run with Rachel was in pursuit on the rail. Charlies Fire was flanked on the hips by Run With Rachel on the inside and Cute Creation on the outside at the top of the stretch, but responded to urging by jockey Federico Mata and repelled her challengers. She continued to power down the stretch under Mata’s steady right hand whip, as Run With Rachel tried in vain to make up the distance.
Charlies Fire won the Sire Stakes by a length and a half. Run With Rachel finished second, 5 3/4 lengths ahead of Cute Creation.
The final time for the mile and one sixteenth race was 1:49.58 over a fast dirt track. She was the race’s post time favorite at odds of 1.90-to-one.
Charlies Fire was bred in Michigan Ronald Allen, Sr. and Felica Allen. She is owned by Lisa Campbell and trained by Patrick White.
The Sire Stakes was Charlies Fire’s third win from four starts, and her first blacktype score. Her lifetime earnings now total $46,190.
For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.
1 – Charlies Fire (Federico Mata) 5.80 / 5.40 / 3.00
5 – Run with Rachel (Ricardo Barrios) 9.00 / 4.00
4 – Cute Creation (Jorge Collazo, Jr.) 4.20
One Mile and One Sixteenth