Michigan’s two-year-old fillies will have one more chance to prove themselves in stakes competition this year in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.
A field of seven will enter the gates for Saturday’s one mile race. Last year’s champion juvenile filly Hustle Now won the 2009 running of the race.
The group is led by Sickle’s Image Stakes winner Paris Prayer. A daughter of Meadow Prayer, Paris Prayer won the Sept. 18 race by 5 1/4 lengths after rallying six wide out of the final turn. She enters the Michigan Juvenile Fillies off a runner-up finish in the Oct. 16 Michigan Sire Stakes. James Jackson trains Paris Prayer for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable LLC. Tommy Molina will be in the irons.
Dixie Diva enters the race off an impressive 7 1/2 length score in an Oct. 24 maiden special weight race at Pinnacle. The Ulises filly rallied three wide down the stretch in that effort to secure the victory in her second start. Dixie Diva will be ridden by Federico Mata for owner and trainer Robert Gorham.
Harlan Trace will also try for her first stakes victory on Saturday. The Elusive Hour filly’s most recent start was a third place effort in the Sire Stakes. She is owned by Elkhorn Oake, Inc. and trained by James Jackson. Angel Stanley will have the riding assignment.
#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Dixie Diva / F Mata / R M Gorham / 15-1
2. Let Me Doit / O Bernal / L R Uelmen / 20-1
3. Juliets Secret / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 10-1
4. Paris Prayer / T Molina / J R Jackson / 6-5
5. Harlan Trace / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 6-1
6. Going For More / R D Allen, Jr. / G S Bennett / 2-1
7. Waxies Wilie / A A Marin / G R Fiesman / 8-1