Hakuna Matata wins by DQ, Senorita Tres by a neck

Hakuna Matata wins Ann Arbor Stakes by DQ

Hakuna Matata took advantage of an overly physical stretch drive to win Saturday’s $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course by disqualification.

The three-year-old Meadow Prayer filly bided her time in seventh place throughout most of the race before staging a rally deep in the stretch. Despite the late move by jockey Angel Stalney, it was not enough to get past post time co-favorite Moon Charmer, who completed the one mile race with a time of 1:42.14.

However, the order of finish was altered when Moon Charmer was taken down to third after repeatedly bothering the race’s leader in the stretch, Baba Booyah.

After taking the lead through the first turn, Susie’s Prayer battled The Girl Rolls through the backstretch with the three entries from trainer Robert Gorham’s barn all sitting in stalking position. Baba Booyah moved up to challenge The Girl Rolls approaching the final turn and overtook the leader shortly afterward. After distancing herself from the field through the turn, Baba Booyah was challenged by Moon Charmer as the two turned for home. With 1/16 of a mile to go, Moon Charmer began lugging in toward Baba Booyah, whose rider eventually checked, leaving her rival free to win the race by 1 1/4 lengths. With her momentum already going in the wrong direction, Baba Booyah was unable to hold off Hakuna Matata, who rallied seven-wide to finish second by a nose. 

After the race, a Stewards’ Inquiry put Moon Charmer behind Baba Booyah for third, which elevated Hakuna Matata to the top spot.

Hakuna Matata is trained by Larry Uelmen for White Lake Farms, Inc.. The Ann Arbor was Hakuna Matata’s second win in eight career starts, and was also her first stakes triumph. With the win, her career earnings increased to $50,866.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

3 – Hakuna Matata (Angel Stanley) 12.60 / 5.40 / 4.00
6 – Baba Booyah (Ricardo Barrios) 5.60 / 4.20
1A – Moon Charmer (DQ 1st to 3rd) (Godofredo Laurente) 3.80

One Mile
Time: 1:42.14

Your winner, Hakuna Matata; Angel Stanley, up (Photo from a previous race).

Senorita Tres hangs on in Midwest Maturity

Senorita Tres (4) holds off Rio Rojo Jess (1A) to take the Midwest Maturity Challenge Stakes at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The “right horse for the course” theory held up once again when Senorita Tres notched another big win in Sunday’s $21,000 Midwest Maturity Challenge Stakes at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The four-year-old Tres Seis filly avoided a small commotion from her neighbors coming out of the gate and put a nose at the front of the pack in the early goings. She maintained a small advantage heading into the main stretch and gained separation in the middle stage of the race. Senorita Tres then held off a strong late charge by Rio Rojo Jess to prevail by a neck in the 350 yard race under jockey Richard Rettele. The winning time for the race was :17.696 seconds, eclipsing the horse’s own mark for the year’s fastest time at that distance. 

Rio Rojo Jess finished 3/4 lengths ahead of Hez Fastforthecash for the runner-up position. Rio Rojo Jess ran second to Senorita Tres in a similar fashion during their last faceoff in the July 5 Don Boyd Memorial Handicap.

Senorita Tres is owned by Walter Harrison and trained by Carol Rettele. The Midwest Maturity was Senorita Tres’ 17th win in 22 starts, increasing her lifetime earnings to $131,932.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Senorita Tres (Richard Rettele) 3.00 / 3.00 / 2.10
1A – Rio Rojo Jess (Nate Alcala) 2.40 / 2.20
2 Hez Fastforthecash (Jimmy Williams) 2.40

350 Yards
Time: 17.696 Seconds 

Your winner, Senorita Tres; Richard Rettele, up.

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