Fiery Lake upsets, Senorita Tres dominates

Longshot Fiery Lake burns field in Wolverine

Fiery Lake shocked a field flush with past Michigan champions to win Saturday’s $50,000 Wolverine Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The four-year-old Devil His Due gelding patiently watched front-runner Weatherstorm open up a large lead from second before reeling in his rival throughout the turn. He then pulled away in the stretch to win the six furlong race by 4 3/4 lengths under a steady driving finish by jockey J.J Delgado. Fiery Lake covered the distance in 1:11.51 at odds of 17.60-to-one.

Second through fourth places were tightly contested, each separated by a neck. Demagoguery held off last year’s champion older male Meadow Vespers, making his usual late charge, for the place money. Lil Perfect Storm finished fourth. 

Pacesetter Weatherstorm faded back to ninth after setting the half mile fraction at 46.16 seconds and leading by as many as 3 1/2 lengths in the early goings. Post time favorite Bipolar Express turned in an even fifth place effort at odds of 1.80-to-one. 

Fiery Lake is owned by Samaron Stable and trained by Evelyn Griffin. He was bred in Michigan by Pat Scanlon. Fiery Lake improved his career record to four wins from 15 starts with his victory in the Wolverine. His career earnings increased to $86,055. The Wolverine was Fiery Lake’s first career stakes win, as well as his first win of 2009.

For a chart of the race, click here.

7 – Fiery Lake (J.J. Delgado) 37.20 / 22.00 / 5.00
6 – Demagoguery (Godofredo Laurente) 10.20 / 4.40
9  – Meadow Vespers (Ivan Gonzalez) 2.80

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:11.51 

It seems I don’t have any pictures of the winner in my archives this week, either. I only had gas for one trip to Pinnacle this weekend and Mrs. Murphy’s start on Friday won out. What’s the deal with all these horses I’ve never seen in person winning stakes races, anyway?

Senorita Tres rolls in Don Boyd Handicap

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Senorita Tres (4) holds off a challenge from Rio Rojo Jess (2) to win the Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

When a horse is the class of the field, the jockey’s whip can become more of an ornament than a tool of encouragement.

Such was the case in Sunday’s $21,500 Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap at Mount Pleasant Meadows, when jockey Richard Rettele only needed three or four strokes of the whip before handriding Senorita Tres to the win by a neck. Senorita Tres left the gates as the 1.30-to-one favorite.

The four-year-old Tres Seis filly broke cleanly and took a small advantage heading into the stretch. That lead grew slightly, then shrunk back as Senorita Tres outlasted a late-gaining Rio Rojo Jess to win the 350-yard race in 17.730 seconds on a fast track. Rio Rojo Jess’ Ivy Lane stablemate Hez Flyin With Class finished 1 1/4 lengths behind for third.

Senorita Tres is homebred in Michigan by Walter R. Harrison and trained by Carol Rettele. The win boosted her career record to sixteen wins from 21 starts and increased her lifetime earnings to $121,432.

For a chart of the race, click here.

4 – Senorita Tres (Richard Rettele) 4.60 / 6.60 / 2.60
2 – Rio Rojo Jess (Nate Alcala) 5.60 / 3.20
2B – Hez Flyin With Class (Oscar Delgado) 5.60 / 3.20

350 Yards
Time: 17.730 seconds

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Your winner, Senorita Tres; Richard Rettele, up.

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