The horses of Michigan’s older males division will have one more opportunity to prove themselves before October’s Sire Stakes race in Saturday’s $50,000 Frontier Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.
Eleven Michigan-breds will contest the mile and one eighth Frontier; the largest stakes field the division has produced during the 2010 meet at Pinnacle. Last year’s running was taken by All I Can Get.
Romeo Again found the winner’s circle in the last stakes meeting of the older males division, with a driving half length score in the Aug. 14 Michigan Breeders’ Cup Handicap. The four-year-old Secret Romeo gelding has shown a preference for longer distances, having only missed the board once in six career races at a mile or longer. However, this will be Romeo Again’s first start at a mile and an eighth. Regular rider Federico Mata retains the mount for owners Lisa Campbell and II B’s Thoroughbreds. Romeo Again is trained by Patrick White.
Also entered is Michigan Breeders’ Cup runner-up Perfect Start. The four-year-old Jump Start colt has finished second in both of his stakes attempts at Pinnacle, having also missed by a head in the July 3 Wolverine Stakes. Perfect Start will be saddled by Sandra Adkins for owner Charlie J Williams LLC. Christian Pilares comes north from Ohio to take the mount.
Power of Titus will try to build on his recent stakes success by testing his skill against the older males division. The three-year-old Secret Romeo gelding has spent his 2010 campaign bouncing between Pinnacle and Mountaineer in West Virginia. He enters the Frontier off a length and a quarter win against his fellow Michigan-bred three-year-olds in the Sept. 4 Mackinac Handicap at Pinnacle. Octavio Bernal will have the riding assignment aboard Power of Titus for owner and trainer Del Waite.
#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Hot Chili / W P Rini / J R Jackson / 15-1
2. Perfect Start / C P Pilares / S M Adkins / 4-1
3. Scrimpy / L M Quinones / J R Jackson / 20-1
4. Fiery Lake / R Barrios / J Gold / 5-1
5. Romeo Again / F Mata / P L White / 7-2
6. Bishop Casey / T Molina / R M Gorham / 9-2
7. Bipolar Express / R D Allen, Jr. / G S Bennett / 10-1
8. Meadow Wise / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 8-1
9. Dream Victory / J J Delgado / J R Jackson / 15-1
10. Power Of Titus / O Bernal / L R Uelmen / 12-1
11. Meadow Vespers / A Hernandez-Lopez / R J Rettele / 20-1