Mrs. Murphy had another workout this morning…
This notice is to inform you that one or more of your horses has worked out.
Date: May 30, 2009
Track: PINNACLE RACE COURSE
Distance: Five Furlongs
Time: 1.06:00 Breezing
Track Condition: Fast
This workout was a step up in terms of distance and not finishing behind everyone else – both of which I consider to be positive signs.
Opening day at Pinnacle Race Course is next Friday, which means it is time to start looking through the condition book for spots for her second start, and her first in Detroit. My guess is she will probably be entered in restricted maiden claiming events until she either breaks her maiden or proves she can hang in Maiden Special Weight company.
With that in mind, here are some of the maiden claiming races for fillies coming up in the near future. If she’s ready to go, I figure we’ll see her in one of these spots.
Day 2: June 6 – Purse: $5,800 Fillies & Mares 3yo & up, Six Furlongs, Claiming Price: $6,250
* This is a sub race, so it might not see the light of day.
Day 3: June 7 – Purse: $6,000 F&M 3&up, 5f, Tag: $12,500
* Another sub race
Day 7: June 14 – Purse: $5,800 F&M, 3&up, 5f, Tag: $6,250
* Yet another sub race. One of these has to make the live card, right?
Day 8: June 16 – Purse: $5,800 F&M, 3&up, one mile, Tag: $6,250
* Surprise, surprise. Another sub race. Doubt she’d get put in at a mile anyway.
Day 10: June 20 – Purse: $6,600 F&M, 3&up, 5.5f, Tag: $12,500
Day 11: June 21 – Purse: $5,800 F&M, 3&up, 6f, Tag: $6,250
* A sub race
Day 13: June 26 – Purse: $8,100 (includes $2,000 supplement) MI-bred F&M, 3&up, 5.5f, Tag: $8,000
* A sub race, but don’t be shocked to see this one make the card.
That’s about it for the first condition book. Hopefully some of these races make it on the card and Mrs. Murphy can get off the snide quickly in case the racing dates dry up. Keep it here for the latest.
Are the cuts to Michigan’s race dates illegal?
The Michigan HBPA reports the horsemen’s organization, the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Pinnacle Race Course have asked Brighton-based attorney Paul Burns, one of authors of Michigan’s Horse Racing Law of 1995, to offer an opinion on the Office of Racing Commissioner’s cut in race dates.
The former MI-HBPA lawyer sent a letter to Racing Commissioner Christine White May 27 outlining why he thinks the proposed reduction in race dates, including a 63% drop at Pinnacle, lacked legal grounds.
In the letter, Burns said the cuts were “not legally permissible and contrary to the purpose to the Act.” Burns also opined there is “no legal basis for a suspension or revocation of a portion of the race meeting license.”
Also, the method in which the notice was issued, Burns said, “violated due process” and caused “irreparable harm to the horsemen.”
The HBPA’s announcement did not specify what exactly made the cuts “not legally permissible,” so after reading this, I printed out a copy of the Horse Racing Law of 1995 to get a better feel for the ground rules of this situation and see what exactly the recent cuts violate, if anything, regarding the law (yes, I have a lot of time on my hands). I did not notice anything in the document or the state’s “Rules of Racing” specifically mentioning a scenario like this or whether it was a legal move. Then again, my legal expertise is miniscule and I am not the one who helped write up the law, so there is more than a good chance I missed something.
As always, I’ll keep my eyes open and my ears to the ground for new developments.
Until then, have a look at this news segment on Mount Pleasant Meadows by Channel 9 news out of Cadillac. I’m a little upset no one bothered to interview me (couldn’t get the media’s attention on Great Lakes Downs’ last day either), but it does a pretty good job of getting the story across, and at the very least reminds people that there is a track there.
Here is the latest from the Blood Horse as well.
Filed under Commentary, Mount Pleasant Meadows, Pinnacle Race Course, Politics
Tagged as Budget Cuts, Michigan HBPA, Michigan Office of Racing Commissioner, Mount Pleasant Meadows, MTOBA, Paul Burns, Pinnacle Race Course, Race Dates