A full field of ten will compete Sunday for the biggest purse of Mount Pleasant Meadows’ 2010 meet in the $25,000 Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association Stallion Service Sale Futurity Finals.
The 350 yard race for two-year-old Quarter Horses and Paints headlines the closing day card at the central Michigan mixed breed track. Last year’s rendition of the Futurity was won by Happenedindamoonlite.
After a disqualification moved her up to first, Montis Grand Concept registered the fastest time during the race’s July 18 trials, checking in at :18.301 seconds. The daughter of Monti’s Lad missed by a head in her division of the trials, but was placed first after Mr. Corona To You was disqualified for interfering with a rival. Montis Grand Concept established herself as one of the state’s top juveniles with a win in the June 27 Michigan Bred Futurity at Mount Pleasant. Nate Alcala will be in the saddle for trainer Dave Gates and owner Lawrence Belden.
Uno Machine found the winner’s circle in the other trial for the Stallion Service Sale Futurity, with a 1 3/4 length triumph in :18.342 seconds. The undefeated Dos Poruno paint filly entered the trials off a convincing 1 1/2 length victory in the June 20 Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant. Owned and trained by Dave Gates, and also owned by Shirley Gates, Uno Machine will be ridden by Lee Gates. Uno Machine is part of a three-horse Gates entry with Montis Grand Concept and Justa Struttin, who is owned by Dave and Shirley Gates and will be ridden by Eric Forgar.
Mr Corona To You qualified for the final despite being taken down from first to fifth in his heat. Had the Corona For Me gelding remained on top, his time would have been fastest among the trials at :18.278 seconds. Prior to the Futurity trials, Mr. Corona To You earned his diploma in a June 27 maiden race at Mount Pleasant. He will be ridden by Richard Rettele for owner Walter Harrison and trainer Carol Rettele.
#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. An You An Eye / J F Delgado / A F Cunningham / 2-1
1A. Out An About / G Garrido / A F Cunningham / 2-1
1C. Dials Jumpn / J A Beltran / A F Cunningham / 2-1
2. Montis Grand Concept / N Alcala / D N Gates / 3-5
2B. Justa Struttin / E Forgar / D N Gates / 3-5
2X. Uno Machine / L Gates / D N Gates / 3-5
3. Mr Corona To You / R Rettele / C Rettele / 1-1
4. Hillbilly Cruiser / J Ritschard / N Funnell / 8-1
5. Earth Shaken Talent / O Delgado / C Rettele / 6-1
6. Shake It Twice / A Keller / R Cliff / 4-1