Owner Tom Fritz and trainer Nicole Holst will account for a combined seven of the eight entries in Sunday’s $6,000 Michigan Arabian Juvenile Stakes at Mount Pleasant Meadows.
The marquee race in Michigan for three-year-old Arabians was won last year by eventual Michigan Arabian of the Year Catch Me Ridin Dirty. Sunday’s race will be the first start at five furlongs for each horse in the field.
Like Larry The Cable Guy opening the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Get R Done made a strong first impression on the strength of his six-length debut win on July 11. The Virgule Al Maury gelding quickly took a commanding lead in the maiden special weight race and cantered down the stretch unchallenged under jockey Juan Delgado, who retains the mount. Mario Fritz trains Get R Done for owner Tom Fritz.
First Kiss HLF opened her career with an impressive score of her own, notching a 4 1/4 length win on July 18. The daughter of Chndaka took a similar path to the winner’s circle as her stablemate, Get R Done, with a forwardly placed trip followed by an un-pressured lope down the stretch. Julie Post trains First Kiss HLF for owner Tom Fritz. Jose Beltran will be in the irons for Sunday’s race.
The other part of the Tom Fritz-owned entry is Hot Lava, who is trained by Mario Fritz and did not have a rider at the time final entries were published. Of the remaining riders available in Mount Pleasant’s regular jockey colony, Josh Ritschard is the most likely one to fill the opening.
Also entered is the Nicole Holst-trained Three T Peacock. The TTT Freedom gelding won on July 4 with a 3 1/4 victory, and enters the race off a third place finish on July 18. Tricia Schibik owns Three T Peacock, who will be ridden by Gerardo Garrido.
Holst will send three others to the post in Sunday’s race. Oddsmaker is owned by Lapco Arabians and will be ridden by Nate Alcala. Amanda Keller will ride Holst-owned Wicked Breeze, and Lee Gates will ride Triple Play SA for Tricia Schibik.
Pipers Prime Time is also entered in the Michigan Arabian Juvenile. Julie Post trains the Pipers Pinosh gelding for owner Leon Silber. Oscar Delgado will get the leg up.
#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. First Kiss HLF / J A Beltran / J Post / 3-5
1A. Get R Done / J F Delgado / M Fritz / 3-5
1C. Hot Lava / No Rider / M Fritz / 3-5
2. Oddsmaker / N Alcala / N Holst / 1-1
2B. Wicked Breeze / A Keller / N Holst / 1-1
2D. Triple Play SA / L Gates / N Holst / 1-1
2X. Three T Peacock / G Garrido / N Holst / 1-1
3. Pipers Prime Time / O Delgado / J Post / 15-1