Sire Stakes Preview: Sophomores

Meadow Wise looks to clinch honors in Three-Year-Old Males division

Meadow Wise will try to put a stamp on his 2009 campaign in the Sophomore Males division of the Sire Stakes.

Meadow Wise will try to put a stamp on his 2009 campaign in the Sophomore Males division of the Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

In a fairly deep sophomore male crop where each stakes race appeared to produce an entirely different field, Meadow Wise has been the one horse to show up to every dance and come out at or near the top.

Meadow Wise will try to secure his position at the top of the class with a win in the $50,000 Sire Stakes for three-year-old males at Pinnacle Race Course. A win in Saturday’s 1 1/16 mile race could go a long way in locking up Horse of the Year honors, as well.

Meadow Wise has yet to finish worse than second during the 2009 Pinnacle meet, including a win in the July 25 Dowling Stakes and runner-up finishes in the June 13 Lansing Stakes and his most recent effort, the Sep. 5 Mackinac Handicap. The Meadow Prayer gelding will have a different rider in the saddle for the Sire Stakes in Jeffrey Skerret, replacing regular rider Angel Stanley, who has the mount on Jangle. In his lone start aboard Meadow Wise, Skerrett won a July 4 maiden special weight race at Pinnacle. Meadow Wise is owned by Mast Thoroughbreds LLC and trained by Bob Gorham.

Romeo Again has been knocking on the door for a first stakes win both for himself and his sire throughout his sophomore campaign. The Secret Romeo gelding finished second behind Meadow Wise in the July 25 Dowling Stakes at Pinnacle and ran third in the Sep. 5 Mackinac Handicap. He enters the Sire Stakes off a 7 1/4 length victory in a Sep. 21 allowance race at Pinnacle. Federico Mata will have the assignment for owners Lisa Campbell and II B’s Thoroughbreds. Ronnie Allen, Sr. conditions Romeo Again.

Coming off an impressive maiden win is Notaquitter. The Meadow Prayer gelding was never headed on his way to a 9 3/4 length victory in a Sep. 12 maiden special weight contest at Pinnacle. Notaquitter will make his first try at stakes competition in his third career start. Al Talsma trains Notaquitter for Wanda Talsma. Godofredo Laurente will be in the irons.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. The K Factor / T D Houghton / G S Bennett / 10-1
2. Notaquitter / G Laurente / A Talsma / 15-1
3. Meadow Wise / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 6-5
4. Romeo Again / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 5-2
5. Native Power / L J Frazzitta, Jr. / M A Barron / 12-1
6. Elusive Furrari / A Ortiz / S M Adkins / 5-1
7. Jangle / A O Stanley / D R Barron / 20-1

In other news from Michigan’s three-year-old male division, Mackinac Handicap winner Perfect Start is entered in Saturday’s Ohio Derby (G2) at Thistledown. The Jump Start colt will be ridden by Mountaineer mainstay DeShawn Parker and was one of three horses assigned the longest morning line odds in the field at 30-1. To see the past performances for the Ohio Derby field, click here.

Baba Booyah, Hakuna Matata battle for supremacy in Sire Stakes Sophomore Fillies division

Baba Booyah will likely be the post-time favorite in the Three-Year-Old Fillies division of the Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Baba Booyah will likely be the post-time favorite in the Three-Year-Old Fillies division of the Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

This year’s crop of Michigan-bred three-year-old fillies has been largely dominated by the trio of Baba Booyah, Hakuna Matata and Moon Charmer. Each has their own marquee win and they never finish far apart from each other.

With Kentucky-sired Moon Charmer ineligible for Saturday’s $50,000 Sire Stakes for three-year-old fillies, Baba Booyah and Hakuna Matata will be left to settle their rivalry in the 1 1/16 mile contest at Pinnacle Race Course.

Baba Booyah brings a two-race winning streak into Saturday’s race. Her most recent victory came in the Sep. 5 Michigan Oaks at Pinnacle, where she prevailed by a half-length in a front-running fashion. The Daylight Savings filly is owned by Marion Gotham and trained by Bob Gorham. Jeffrey Skerrett will be in the irons on Saturday.

Hakuna Matata’s big win came as the beneficiary of a disqualification in the Aug. 1 Ann Arbor Stakes, where the first place finisher, Moon Charmer, was disqualified to third after knocking Baba Booyah off stride in the stretch drive. The Meadow Prayer filly enters the Sire Stakes off a third place finish in the Michigan Oaks. Hakuna Matata is trained by Larry Uelmen for owner White Lake Farms Inc.. Regular rider Angel Stanley will again have the mount for the Sire Stakes.

Also entered is Susie’s Prayer, who defeated both Baba Booyah and Hakuna Matata in a July 20 allowance race at Pinnacle. The Meadow Prayer filly did not fare as well against the pair in the Ann Arbor, her most recent start, where she finished fifth after a troubled trip. Susie’s Prayer will be ridden by J.J. Delgado for owners Valorie and Richard Powers and trainer Karl Waters.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Jig Is Up Now / T D Houghton / R M Gorham / 20-1
2. Secret Candy / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 12-1
3. Lexus Red / A Ortiz / D Cluley / 10-1
4. Hakuna Matata / A O Stanley / L R Uelmen / 2-1
5. Baba Booyah / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 9-5
6. City Tour / A A Marin / S M Spiess / 20-1
7. Stride To The Sky / G Laurente / D Cluley / 8-1
8. Susie’s Prayer / J J Delgado / K S Waters / 6-1

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2 responses to “Sire Stakes Preview: Sophomores

  1. ahorseofadifferentcolor

    Glad to see T.D. Houghton returning for the Sire Stakes! Also, DeShawn Parker, who will be riding Perfect Start in the Ohio Derby, is the son of Daryl Parker, one of the State Stewards @ Pinnacle.

  2. mibredclaimer

    I was just reading a story on the Blood Horse site about DeShawn Parker where I found that out. Turns out the younger Parker had to leave Thistledown to ride elsewhere due to a possible conflict of interest with his dad upstairs.

    It’s a pretty fascinating article. Here is the link: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/52731/inside-track-3000-and-counting

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