Retteles take two on Mount Pleasant’s getaway day

Fearless Fred much the best in Budwieser Futurity

Fearless Fred (4) pulls clear to win the Budweiser Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Fearless Fred took command in the stretch to win Sunday’s $38,360 Budweiser Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The two-year-old Fredricksburg gelding broke cleanly and challenged for the lead with Alley Rose 123 and Which Wich 501 in the race’s early goings. After a quick initial burst by Which Wich 501, Fearless Fred took control of the lead and never looked back. He was clear by a length in the middle of the stretch and extended his lead to a length and a quarter as he crossed the finish under an intermittent right hand whip by jockey Richard Rettele. Post time favorite Uno Corona dueled with Which Wich 501 and nipped her rival at the wire to take the runner-up spot.

Fearless Fred won the 400 yard race with a time of 20.446 seconds over a fast track. He left the gates as the second choice at odds of 1.90-to-one.

Fearless Fred was homebred in Texas by Walter Harrison and trained by Carol Rettele. The Budweiser Futurity was his fourth win from seven starts, as well as his first win in stakes company. His career earnings now total $20,899.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Fearless Fred (Richard Rettele) 5.80 / 3.20 / 4.40
7 – Uno Corona (Oscar Delgado) 2.80 / 4.80
5 – Which Wich 501 (Tasha Fritz) 5.00

400 Yards
Time: 20.446 seconds

Your winner, Fearless Fred; Richard Rettele, up.

To see results from the rest of Mount Pleasant’s closing day stakes races, just click the link below.

Hez Fastforthecash powers home in Oil Capital Derby

Hez Fastforthecash (2) holds off a late run by Justa Toolin (4) to win the Oil Capital Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Hez Fastforthecash snapped his stakes cold streak on Sunday to win the $16,000 Oil Capital Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The three-year-old Heza Fast Man gelding broke quickly, but took a sharp turn to the outside and made brief contact with Take Off Reb before jockey Richard Rettele corrected his mount’s course with a right hand whip. After moving back onto the rail, Hez Fastforthecash maintained a small advantage over Justa Toolin, which he opened up to about a length and a half in in the middle of the stretch. Justa Toolin began to make up ground as the wire approached, but he could not catch the winner, who was handridden to the finish. Chicks Sweet Donna finished a length and a half behind Justa Toolin for third.

Hez Fastforthecash completed the 400 yard race in 20.372 seconds over a fast track. He left the gates as the post-time favorite at odds of 1.60-to-one.

Hez Fastforthecash was homebred in Michigan by Coronet Farms and trained by Carol Rettele. With the win, Hez Fastforthecash improved his record to six wins from 13 starts. He also increased his lifetime earnings to $52,783.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

2 – Hez Fastforthecash (Richard Rettele) 5.20 / 4.60 / 4.00
4 – Justa Toolin (Lee Gates) 5.00 / 5.00
6 – Chicks Sweet Donna (Mike Holmes) 3.40

400 Yards
Time: 20.372 seconds

Your winner, Hez Fastforthecash; Richard Rettele, up.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty rolls in Michigan Juvenile Stakes

Catch Me Ridin Dirty (2) prepares to cross the wire well ahead of his foes in the Michigan Juvenile Stakes at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Since his debut in June, Catch Me Ridin Dirty has established himself as the leader of Michigan’s three-year-old Arabian division.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty further confirmed his status on Sunday with a convincing 12 1/2 length victory in the $9,600 Michigan Juvenile Stakes at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The Aransas HF gelding broke alertly and quickly battled for the lead on the rail with Helfire and Damasing. The three made their first pass in front of the grandstand tightly bunched together, with Damasing holding a slight advantage on the outside. As the field headed into the first turn, Catch Me Ridin Dirty and Helfire began to separate themselves from the rest of the pack and opened up three lengths between the second and third place runners. Helfire applied strong outside pressure on Catch Me Ridin Dirty across the backstretch, but he could not get past his rival before falling off from the leader.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty took advantage and widened his lead to six lengths coming into the stretch. He was kept to task down the stretch by an occasional right hand whip from jockey Nate Alcala on his way to a 12 1/2 length win. Helfire was briefly headed by Damasing coming out of the final turn, but he fought back to take second place by a half length.

The final time for the six furlong race was 1:28.04. Catch Me Ridin Dirty was the overwhelming post time favorite, at odds of 0.20-to-one.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty was bred in Michigan and trained by Nicole Holst for owner Diana Jackson. The Michigan Juvenile was Catch Me Ridin Dirty’s fifth win from six career starts and his first stakes victory. His lifetime earnings now total $11,625.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

2 – Catch Me Ridin Dirty (Nate Alcala) 2.40 / 2.40 / 2.10
5 – Helfire (Tasha Fritz) 4.00 / 2.10
1A – Damasing (Oscar Delgado) 2.10

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:28.04

Your winner, Catch Me Ridin Dirty; Nate Alcala, up.


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2 responses to “Retteles take two on Mount Pleasant’s getaway day

  1. ragman

    MPM for Sunday attendance 165, wagered $6,425(??6th race) Total purse money $81,480.
    Pinnacle for Saturday attendance??? wagered $68,727 Total purse money $57,500.
    So maybe use your free Sunday time to delve into the mysterious world of economics and see if you can come up with an answer how this can continue. When you get the answer contact the people in Lansing who are trying to balance the budget and let them in on it.

    P.S. If you get stuck try contacting the people at Thistledown for some help.

  2. mibredclaimer

    To be honest with you, I can’t provide an answer to that question. Low handle is without a doubt a concern, and operating at such a negative figure can not be good for long term health. I don’t know how they do it, but I’m glad they are.

    I do know Mount Pleasant gets a significant chunk of the Thoroughbreds’ simulcast money, which helps them a lot. Also, not to make excuses for MPM, but you chose a very atypical day at the track for your example. The track does not offer multiple six-digit stakes on a weekly basis, and attendance has been even lower than usual due to road construction on the main intersection leading into the track from town. If Mount Pleasant were offering $81k in purses weekly, I would agree wholeheartedly with your concerns (and to an extent, I still do), but your example was an exception, not the rule.

    As for Thistledown, last time I checked, its bankrupt owner sold the track to a casino business based on the ever-fading notion that it might someday get slots. Right now, I think they need to be looking for help more than I do.

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