Juvenile favorites hold, veterans upset in Michigan Breeders Championships

Hustle Now hustles in the stretch to win Sickle’s Image Stakes


Hustle Now (7) pulls away from Top Touch (1) to prevail in the Sickle’s Image Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Hustle Now took charge at the top of the stretch and held off the begrudging early leader to take Saturday’s $50,000 Sickle’s Image Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The two-year-old Creative filly watched from third on the outside hip of Q Ginger Snap as Top Touch shot to the lead from the inside post. Top Touch held a 1 1/4 length advantage after the first quarter mile as Hustle Now moved into contention. That advantage was whittled down to a half length as the lead duo entered the turn. Hustle Now continued to close the gap on the outside and entered the stretch with a head in front.

Top Touch refused to waver after being passed and continued to pressure the leader throughout the stretch, but she could not regain her advantage. Hustle Now began to separate from her rival in the final furlong and crossed the finish 1 1/4 lengths in front under a right hand whip by Angel Stanley. Creative Lite turned in a ground saving third place effort 5 1/2 lengths behind Top Touch.

Hustle Now completed the six furlong race in 1:14.13 over a fast surface. She was the second choice at two-to-one behind post time favorite Top Touch.

Homebred in Michigan by Sheffield Farms, Hustle Now is conditioned by Larry Uelmen. Hustle Now improved her career record to two wins from three starts. The Farer Belle Lee was Hustle Now’s first stakes victory. Her career earnings now total $40,208.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – Hustle Now (Angel Stanley) 6.00 / 3.40 / 3.60
1 – Top Touch (Federico Mata) 3.80 / 3.40
2  – Creative Lite (Alexis Ortiz) 5.20

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:14.13


Your winner, Hustle Now; Angel Stanley, up.

Recaps of rest of Saturday’s stakes action from Pinnacle Race Course can be found behind the jump. Just click the link below to see more.

Prince of Paulie fends off all challengers in Patrick Wood Stakes


Prince of Paulie (2) outlasts a late charge by Power of Titus (6) to win the Patrick Wood Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

After facing pressure at almost every point of call, Prince of Paulie was the last horse standing at the wire in Saturday’s $50,000 Patrick Wood Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The two-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding was one of three horses who battled for the lead in the early goings, including Sahmmy Falls on the rail and Hour By Hour on the outside. Sahmmy Falls held a slight advantage after setting the opening quarter at 22.60 seconds, but quickly fell off the pace soon afterward. This left Prince of Paulie and Hour by Hour to do battle as the pair separated themselves from the rest of the field. Hour by Hour kept a head in front on the outside throughout the final turn, but Prince of Paulie began to take command as they entered the stretch.

The pair was within about a length of each other until the final sixteenth of a mile when Hour by Hour begin to give way. At the same time, Power of Titus was staging a late move on the rail to catch Prince of Paulie, but he could not reach the winner, who finished a length on top. Power of Titus’ closing trip was good for second, 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Hour by Hour.

Prince of Paulie finished the six furlong race in 1:13.26 on a fast surface under rider J.J. Delgado. He left the gates as the post time favorite at odds of 2.20-to-one.

Prince of Paulie is owned by John Mack and trained by Richard Rettele. He was bred in Michigan by James & Marcia Arnold and Deborah Miley. The Patrick Wood was his second consecutive win from three career starts and increased his lifetime earnings to $37,320.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

2 – Prince of Paulie (J.J. Delgado) 6.40 / 3.60 / 2.80
6 – Power of Titus (Rick Knott) 5.80 / 3.40
4 – Hour by Hour (Angel Stanley) 3.60

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:13.26


Your winner, Prince of Paulie; JJ Delgado, up.

Moon Charmer shocks in Farer Belle Lee Handicap


Moon Charmer (3) locks stride with Valley Loot (6) and outfinishes her rival to win the Farer Belle Lee Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

In a race that was supposed to help decide the state’s top older female, a three-year-old ended up stealing the show, as Moon Charmer outfinished 2008 Michigan Horse of the Year Valley Loot to win Saturday’s $50,000 Farer Belle Lee Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

The three-year-old Indian Charlie filly sat chilly in sixth place early on as Twilighted Thistle rushed to the early lead. Twilighted Thistle was soon joined by She Could Be Good and post time favorite Valley Loot as the field made its way across the backstretch. Moon Charmer also began her move into contention along the rail, but ran into traffic and was forced to hold in fourth. She improved her position to third as stablemate She Could be Good fell off the lead pack and Valley Loot took over the top spot. Moon Charmer remained trapped on the rail throughout the turn as Valley Loot and Twilighted Thistle bobbed heads for the lead.

However, room opened up for Moon Charmer on the outside as Valley Loot gained a bigger advantage and jockey Godofredo Laurente took his mount off the rail and began to stage his rally. Moon Charmer creeped up to the champion mare and hooked up with the leader with less than a sixteenth to go. The pair locked strides as the wire approached, but the positive momentum carried Moon Charmer past her rival and a head better at the finish line. Twilighted Thistle was the best of the rest in third.

Moon Charmer won the 1 1/16 mile race in 1:47.97 over a fast track. She was the third choice at odds of 6.80-to-one.

Moon Charmer is trained by Bob Gorham for owner Mast Thoroughbreds, LLC. She was homebred in Michigan by Mast, Gorham and Ron Bieke. The Farer Belle Lee was Moon Charmer’s third win in ten starts and her second stakes triumph. The race was also Moon Charmer’s second stakes effort in as many weeks, after finishing second in last Saturday’s Michigan Oaks at Pinnacle. Her career earnings now total $84,620.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

3 – Moon Charmer (Godofredo Laurente) 15.60 / 4.80 / 3.80
6 – Valley Loot (Federico Mata) 2.60 / 2.10
4 – Twilighted Thistle (Alexis Ortiz) 6.60

1 1/16 Miles
Time: 1:47.97


Your winner, Moon Charmer; Godofredo Laurente, up.

All I Can Get draws off in Frontier Handicap


All I Can Get (7) prepares to cross the wire all by himself in the Frontier Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

All I Can Get faced constant pressure, but had plenty left in the tank to win Saturday’s $50,000 Frontier Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

The five-year-old Slew City Slew gelding broke alertly and battled with longshot Al’s Best Man for the lead as the field crossed under the wire for the first time. All I Can Get gained the advantage through the clubhouse turn and led by over a length heading into the backstretch, but Al’s Best Man tenaciously battled back and continued to pressure the leader from the inside. However, Al’s Best Man could not keep up the pace and began to fold as they headed into the final turn.

As All I Can Get shed one challenger, a new one, Fiery Lake, began a wide bid. Fiery Lake approached the leader’s outside hip in the turn, but All I Can Get quickly pulled away from his rival and held a two length advantage at the top of the stretch. No one else would challenge All I Can Get as he drove to the wire 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Fiery Lake under a steady left handed whip by jockey Federico Mata. After getting bottled up by traffic for most of the race, post time favorite Meadow Vespers managed to shake free in the stretch and rallied for third, a half length behind the runner-up.

All I Can Get stopped the clock at 1:53.83 in the 1 1/8 mile contest, just shy of the track record of 1:53.42 set by Rockem Sockem last year. He was the fourth choice on the board at odds of 9.20-to-one.

All I Can Get was homebred in Michigan by Michael McQuade and trained by Gerald Bennett. The Frontier was All I Can Get’s ninth win from 31 starts and his seventh win in stakes company. His career earnings now total $300,352.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – All I Can Get (Federico Mata) 20.40 / 6.80 / 4.20
2 – Fiery Lake (Ricardo Barrios) 6.00 / 2.60
5 – Meadow Vespers (J.J. Delgado) 2.80

1 1/8 Miles
Time 1:53.83


Your winner, All I Can Get; Federico Mata, up.


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