Paris Prayer explodes down stretch in Sickle’s Image Stakes

Paris Prayer established herself as the early leader of Michigan’s two-year-old fillies division with a driving late move down the stretch to win Saturday’s $50,000 Sickle’s Image Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Meadow Prayer filly broke at a leisurely pace as Germs took the early advantage. The leader was quickly overtaken by Evil Secret, with Harlan Trace and Going For More in close pursuit across the backstretch. Evil Secret held a head’s advantage over Going For More as the field entered the final turn. Germs moved back up on the outside to challenge the leaders and exited the bend in front.

Meanwhile, Paris Prayer prepared to complete the execution of a six-wide move from second-to-last to the front. Paris Prayer drew even with Germs at the quarter pole and carried on past that rival under left handed urging by jockey Tommy Molina. She was ridden out to win the Sickle’s Image by 5 1/4 lengths. Germs carried on to finish second, a half length ahead of Ittybittyprayer.

Paris Prayer completed the six furlong race in 1:14.06 over a fast dirt surface. She was the post time favorite in the Sickle’s Image at odds of 2.10-to-one.

Paris Prayer was bred in Michigan by James Arnold, Marcia Arnold and Deb Miley. She was saddled by trainer James Jackson for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Racing Stable LLC.

The Sickle’s Image improved Paris Prayer’s record to a perfect two-for-two, including her first victory in stakes company. Her career earnings now total $37,080.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – Paris Prayer (Tommy Molina) 6.20 / 5.40 / 3.40
5 – Germs (Jose Delgado) 12.80 / 9.00
3 – Ittybittyprayer (Alvaro Hernandez-Lopez) 6.40

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:14.06


Filed under Pinnacle Race Course, Stakes Races

4 responses to “Paris Prayer explodes down stretch in Sickle’s Image Stakes

  1. Old Time Race Fan

    As ragman has pointed out before, there were again some odd payouts. Second race favorite paid more to place than win. Also the daily double was really attractive at $29 for two strong favorites. I would expect more like a $10 or $12 payout.
    I think that with the small pools, it just leads to really strange odds at times. The second race mutuel pool was less than $2,000 for win, place and show combined!

  2. ragman

    Stakes company???

    Did you leave for the West before or after you saw Pinnacle’s entries for Saturday?

    Five Mi-bred races. Probably by far the worst card of the year. Total handle $56,744. Thistle had $66,114 on the last race alone.

    So after three years they have a meeting today on instant racing machines which I suppose they(?) think will show them a way to maintain the present purse structure and continue the present quality of product. The purse money for those $50k Mi-bred races could have gone a long way to increasing the number of days of racing and maybe entice a few more ship-ins.

    I don’t know if this rumor has any merit, Oaklawn take over the “Total” management of Pinnacle, but isn’t that a novel idea. A racetrack run with the idea of growing the business. If the purses are less , so be it.

  3. rox

    Any new form of gaming still has to pass the box, and it’s too late to get it on the ballot this year, unless they can convince the powers to be that machines are live racing. Just wanting it isn’t enough. Michigan is saturated with Casinos and Lottery. New managemant might help, but is doubtfull without some other form of help.

  4. I miss DRC

    Oaklawn managing Pinnacle may be the best thing that happens. Never been to Oaklawn, but hear its very well run. Right now Pinnacle is being run simply to keep Michigan thoroughbred racing alive, not to grow and promote racing. There is no money for marketing, and right now there is no product worth marketing. The horsemen are racing the same horses week after week in hopes of carving out a living. With all the uncertainty, who can blame them? However this does not make for a product people want to bet. The on track and simulcast handle is pathetic. Regular customers, most of who come to bet simulcasting don’t know from week to week whether Pinnacle will be simulcasting the tracks they want to bet on. Signals have been dropped due to high costs, and the necessity of allocating that money to cover the day to day operations. With less simulcast tracks, customers end up going to Northville, Hazel, or betting online. We are driving away the people who are there every day and keep the tracks in business.

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