Uno Machine’s late kick separated her from the field and the rest of Michigan’s juvenile Paint division on Sunday, en route to a convincing score in the $5,000 Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.
The two-year-old Dos Poruno filly veered out slightly coming out of the starting gate, but her course was quickly corrected. She trailed an inside-running Petergunrabbit by a head going into the main stretch, but began to distance herself from her rivals as the wire approached. Under the intermittent right hand whip of jockey Lee Gates, Uno Machine took advantage of a clear path to the finish to win the Michigan Paint Horse Futurity by a length and a half. Shake It Twice joined Uno Machine on her rally and chased the leader to a runner-up finish, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Awesome Voodo Magic.
Uno Machine won the 350-yard race in :18.353 over a fast track. She left the gate as the post time favorite at odds of 1.20-to-0ne.
Homebred in Michigan by Dave and Shirley Gates, Uno Machine is also trained by Dave Gates. The Michigan Paint Horse Futurity was Uno Machine’s second win from as many starts and was the filly’s first stakes victory. She has amassed career earnings of $3,800.
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4 – Uno Machine (Lee Gates) 4.40 / 2.80 / 2.20
3 – Shake It Twice (Jose Beltran) 5.40 / 2.60
5 – Awesome Voodo Magic (Juan Delgado) 2.40