Catch Me Ridin Dirty named A.R.A.B. of Michigan’s Horse of the Year

The connections of Arabian Horse of the Year Catch Me Ridin Dirty celebrate the gelding's victory at A.R.A.B. of Michigan's High Point Awards.

Two years after a 5 1/2-length maiden score on a June afternoon in 2009, the Arabian colony at Mount Pleasant Meadows is still playing catch-up with Catch Me Ridin Dirty.

The gap got a little wider after Catch Me Ridin Dirty was honored with his second Horse of the Year title at last Saturday’s Michigan Association of Racing Arabian Breeders High Point Awards at Stanton’s Clifford Lake Inn.

The five-year-old Aransas HF gelding, who goes by the barn name “Louie” when away from the racetrack, made the most of a shortened 2010 meet, with wins in three of his four starts for earnings of $7,509.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty’s showcase win came in the July 11 Independence Open, where he led at every point of call and drew off in the stretch to win by 3 3/4 lengths over a muddy course.

Homebred in Michigan and trained by Nicole Holst, Catch Me Ridin Dirty was also named Horse of the Year as a three-year-old in 2009. Holst, who earned Trainer of the Year honors, said her gelding will return in 2011 to defend his title once again.

Jockey of the Year Nate Alcala has ridden Catch Me Ridin Dirty in all 10 of his career starts, all at Mount Pleasant. The pair won eight of those starts, including two in stakes company, to earn $19,134.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty finished the evening with additional awards for top four-year-old male and Michigan-bred male.

Leading the evening’s award-winners was Tom and Joyce Fritz’s Hickory Lane Farms, Inc. The Sidney, Mich. farm took home four equine awards, along with the prizes for top owner and breeder.

The standout horse to run under Hickory Lane’s neon green colors was three-year-old-male of the year Get R Done.

The Virgule Al Maury gelding finished a perfect two-for-two in 2010 by a combined 29 lengths. A 23-length victory in the Aug. 1 Michigan Arabian Juvenile Stakes helped Get R Done earn a Darley Award nomination for champion three-year-old colt or gelding.

Michigan-bred Get R Done is trained by Mario Fritz for owner and breeder Tom Fritz. He has amassed career earnings of $5,150.

Get R Done was a runner-up for Horse of the Year honors, along with Stars and Stripes Distaff winner Shestheone and award-winning older male Zanthus Fury.

Behind the jump is the full list of winners from Saturday’s awards and their 2010 statistics.

Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding
Get R Done

Get R Done - Juan Delgado 13

(Virgule Al Maury x Rena Lara)
Owner: Tom Fritz
Trainer: Mario Fritz
Breeder: Tom Fritz (MI)
2010 Record: 2(2-0-0)
2010 Earnings: $5,150
Winner: Michigan Arabian Juvenile

Reserve – Pipers Prime Time

Three-Year-Old Filly
First Kiss HLF

5 First Kiss HLF - Jose Beltran 3 Sams Candy Man - Juan Delgado 1 Three T Peacock - Nate Alcala

(Chndaka x Steal A Kiss)
Owner: Tom Fritz
Trainer: Julie Post
Breeder: Tom Fritz (MI)
2010 Record: 2(0-1-0)
2010 Earnings: $1,520
2nd: Michigan Arabian Juvenile

Reserve – Wicked Breeze

Horse of the Year
Four-Year-Old Colt or Gelding
Michigan-Bred Male

Catch Me Ridin Dirty

Catch Me Ridin Dirty - Nate Alcala 8

(Aransas HF x HF Geneva)
Owner: Nicole Holst
Trainer: Nicole Holst
Breeder: Nicole Holst (MI)
2010 Record: 4(3-0-1)
2010 Earnings: $7,509
Winner: Independence Open

Reserve – Duro

Four-Year-Old Filly
Sey Spoof Proof

Sey Spoof Proof - Quincy Bernard 2

(NF Proof x Seyvilla Tribaske)
Owner: Tammie Briggs
Trainer: Tammie Briggs
Breeder: Anne Seymour (FL)
2010 Record: 2(0-0-0)
2010 Earnings: $540

Older Horse or Gelding
Zanthus Fury

Zanthus Fury - Juan Delgado 2

(Haffir El Rimal x Myaakko)
Owner: Tom Fritz
Trainer: Mario Fritz
Breeder: Hickory Lane Farms, Inc. (MI)
2010 Record: 4(1-2-1)
2010 Earnings: $4,271
3rd: Independence Open

Reserve – Double Djeopardy

Older Mare

Shestheone - Nate Alcala 3

(K A Czubuthan x Bazys Babe)
Owner: Tricia Schibik
Trainer: Julie Post
Breeder: Bruce or Tricia Schibik (TX)
2010 Record: 4(2-0-0)
2010 Earnings: $5,114
Winner: Stars and Stripes Distaff

Reserve – Mi Valentine Dancer

Michigan-Bred Female

Shezablessing - Juan Delgado 1

(Baron x Countourblessings)
Owner: Tom Fritz
Trainer: Mario Fritz
Breeder: Tom Fritz (MI)
2010 Record: 4(0-0-4)
2010 Earnings: $2,039
3rd: Stars and Stripes Distaff

Owner of the Year
Breeder of the Year

Tom Fritz/Hickory Lane Farms, Inc.
2010 Runners: 8
2010 Record: 21(5-3-6)
2010 Earnings: $18,170
Winner: Michigan Arabian Juvenile (Get R Done)
2nd: Michigan Arabian Juvenile (First Kiss HLF)
3rd: Stars and Stripes Distaff (Shezablessing), Independence Open (Zanthus Fury)
Other Notable Horses: Helfire, Hot Lava, Sams Candy Man, Vagas

Trainer of the Year
Nicole Holst
2010 Runners: 13
2010 Record: 32(10-6-5)
2010 Earnings: $26,542
Winner: Independence Open (Catch Me Ridin Dirty)
2nd: Stars and Stripes Distaff (Mi Valentine Dancer), Independence Open (Double Djeopardy)
Other Notable Horses: Duro, Helfire, Three T Peacock, Vino Rosso

Jockey of the Year
Nate Alcala
2010 Record: 16(10-1-2)
2010 Earnings: $20,523
Winner: Independence Open (Catch Me Ridin Dirty), Stars and Stripes Distaff (Shestheone)

Judith Cooper Award
Awarded to the person(s) who show outstanding commitment to Arabian racing in Michigan

Walter Bay
President of Mount Pleasant Meadows

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