Fiery Lake pressed the pace and overtook Perfect Start at the wire on Saturday to win the $50,000 Wolverine Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course for a second straight year.
The five-year-old Devil His Due gelding fired from the gates and grabbed the lead in the race’s opening strides. He was quickly joined by Perfect Start, who took the rail to a length’s advantage across the backstretch. Fiery Lake pressured Perfect Start on the outside with Weatherstorm further out in third. Perfect Start separated to a length and a half advantage heading into the turn. He continued to hold that margin throughout the bend, but began to lose his grasp entering the stretch.
Perfect Start came out of the turn wide and slightly grazed Fiery Lake, who had worked his way to almost even terms at that point. Meanwhile, Demagoguery took advantage of the newly open rail and continued his rally from seven lengths back into contention on the inside. The three dueled down the stretch, with Perfect Start clinging on to a razor-thin lead over Fiery Lake. Despite a game effort, Perfect Start could not hold off Fiery Lake’s challenge, and the latter got up at the wire to prevail by a head under strong right-handed urging by jockey Ronald Allen, Jr.. Demagoguery finished third, a neck behind runner-up Perfect Start.
Fiery Lake completed the six furlong race with a time of 1:12.41 over a fast track. He went off as the post time favorite at odds of 1.80-to-one.
Fiery Lake was saddled by trainer Jaroslav Gold for owner Samaron Stable. He was bred in Michigan by Pat Scanlon.
With his victory in the Wolverine, Fiery Lake improved his career record to six wins from 24 starts. Two of those wins came in stakes company. His career earnings total $174,935.
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2 – Fiery Lake (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 5.60 / 3.80 / 3.80
1 – Perfect Start (Alexis Ortiz) 8.80 / 8.60
10 – Demagoguery (Luis Gonzalez) 5.80