After nearly completing a small upset in the July 10 Regret Stakes, Skys Red Roxy will try to finish the job in Saturday’s $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.
Syky Red Roxy will face several new foes in the one mile race for three-year-old fillies. Notably missing from the field are Regret winner, Star Sheba, and the race’s post time favorite Touch Misscrafty. Last year’s Ann Arbor was won by Hakuna Matata.
The eight-horse field in the Ann Arbor will run for a reduced purse from its normal $50,000 on Saturday. For the second straight year, some stakes purses have been reduced to account for the increased cost of regulation from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.
Skys Red Roxy made a big impact in her first stakes attempt. The Sky Approval filly earned a gaining runner-up finish in the Regret by 3/4 lengths to Star Sheba after chasing her from second around the track. The Regret was her third career start, following wins at Pinnacle and Indiana Downs. Denis Cluley trains Skys Red Roxy for owner Bobbie Kay Cluley. Federico Mata picks up the mount for Saturday’s race.
Defending champion Michigan juvenile filly Hustle Now will return to challenge Skys Red Roxy. The Creative filly secured the year-end honor honor after winning last year’s Michigan Sire Stakes and Sickle’s Image Stakes, both at Pinnacle. She enters the Ann Arbor off an unplaced finish in the Regret. Owned by Sheffield Farm and trained by Larry Uelmen, Hustle Now will be ridden by Jose Delgado.
Following a third place finish in the Regret, Fully Exposed took her talents to West Virginia for a July 27 allowance race at Mountaineer. The Creative filly closed from last to finish fourth in that race. Tommy Molina will have the mount for owner Sharon Valley Thoroughbred Farm and trainer James Jackson.
#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Run With Rachel / R Barrios / L Penner / 10-1
2. Cute Creation / O Bernal / G E Terrien / 12-1
3. Skys Red Roxy / F Mata / D Cluley / 5-1
4. Hustle Now / J J Delgado / L R Uelmen / 5-2
5. Top Touch / A Ortiz / S M Adkins / 9-2
6. Fortune In Gold / No Rider / L R Uelmen / 15-1
7. Fully Exposed / T Molina / J R Jackson / 7-2
8. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 8-1