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Top Touch triumphs in Ann Arbor Stakes

Top Touch won Saturday’s $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course with a stalking trip and plenty left in the tank to pull away in the stretch.

The three-year-old Touch Gold filly broke in second and sat on the outside hip of leader Cute Creation as they headed into the clubhouse turn. Run With Rachel headed up the second wave about three lengths behind the front pair. Cute Creation continued to lead across the backstretch and pulled away a bit from Top Touch to lead by a length. Top Touch began to whittle away at the advantage heading into the final turn and came to even terms with the leader at the top of the bend.

The pair traded head bobs thrrough the first half of of the turn, but Top Touch disposed of Cute Creation as they made the turn for home. Top Touch was ahead by three lengths at the top of the stretch and remained unchallenged to the wire on his way to a 5 1/4 length victory under right hand urging from jockey Alexis Ortiz. Run With Rachel continued her even trip for second, followed by Hustle Now.

Top Touch completed the one mile race in 1:42.94 over a fast dirt surface. She was the fourth choice in the Ann Arbor with odds of 4.80-to-one. Post time favorite Fully Exposed passed tired rivals to finish fifth.

Top Touch was homebred in Michigan by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. The Ann Arbor was her third win from seven starts and her second in stakes competition. Her career earnings now total $63,605.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Top Touch (Alexis Ortiz) 11.60 / 5.20 / 5.20
1 – Run with Rachel (Ricardo Barrios) 10.00 / 5.00
4 – Hustle Now (Jose Delgado) 2.80

One Mile
Time: 1:42.94

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Top Touch, Sahmmy Falls prevail in Michigan Juvenile Championships

Sahmmy Falls stuns in Michigan Futurity

Sahmmy Falls battled in the stretch and shocked the field to win Saturday’s $62,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Sahm colt broke with a crowded lead pack, fronted by post time favorite Hour By Hour on the rail. Hour By Hour opened up a half-length advantage heading into the turn, with Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie giving chase heading into the backstretch. Meadow Magic pressured the leader from the outside, but Hour By Hour pulled away to a comfortable lead. He was pressured again heading into the final turn by Prince of Paulie, Meadow Magic and Sahmmy Falls, the latter of which quickly backed off his charge.

Hour By Hour rapidly gave way in the turn, which left the lead to be contested by Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie. The rail also opened up for Sahmmy Falls to come back into contention. The trio locked up through the stretch, with Sahmmy Falls on the rail, inside Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie. Sahmmy Falls took his momentum to the front with a furlong to go and drove to the wire under strong left hand urging by jockey Godofredo Laurente. He prevailed by a neck over a gaining Prince of Paulie. Dream Victory rallied six-wide to take third place. Hour By Hour faded to eleventh.

Sahmmy Falls completed the one mile race in 1:42.98 over a fast track at bank-breaking odds of 49.30-to-one.

Sahmmy Falls is homebred in Michigan and trained by Shane Spiess. The Michigan Futurity was the colt’s second win from six starts, and his first in stakes company. His career earnings now total $47,760.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

3 – Sahmmy Falls (Godofredo Laurente) 100.60 / 90.00 / 25.80
11 – Prince of Paulie (J.J. Delgado) 7.20 / 4.80
6 – Dream Victory (Augusto Marin) 8.00

One Mile
Time: 1:42.98

Top Touch wins stretch duel in Michigan Juvenile Fillies

It was a rough going in the stretch, but Top Touch got the best of rival De La Crem to win Saturday’s $56,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Touch Gold filly contested the early lead from the outside with Maximimi and Electric Venus. Maximimi took command heading into the clubhouse turn and opened up a length and a half advantage after a quarter mile. She maintained her lead across most of the backstretch, but Top Touch kept with the pressure on the outside and eventually drew even as they approached the final turn. De La Crem also began to approach the front.

Top Touch overtook her rival in the turn, as Maximimi gave way. De La Crem moved up to challenge Top Touch on the outside and held a slight edge as the pair hit the top of the stretch. The rivals stuck tight to each other and made contact on several occasions throughout the stretch drive. However, Top Touch managed to extend to a neck advantage in the final strides to win the race under jockey Alexis Ortiz. Electric Venus stalked the lead pair to finish 3 1/2 lengths behind De La Crem for third.

The time for the one mile race was 1:44.94 on a fast track. Top Touch was the post time favorite at odds of 1.20-to-one.

Top Touch is homebred in Michigan by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. The victory improved her career record to two wins from four starts, including her first stakes score. The Michigan Juvenile Fillies triumph increased her career earnings to $51,520.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Top Touch (Alexis Ortiz) 4.40 / 4.00 / 2.80
6 – De La Crem (Jeffrey Skerrett) 3.00 / 3.00
1 – Electric Venus (Angel Stanley) 3.20

One Mile
Time: 1:44.94

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Baba Booyah, Perfect Start prevail in Michigan Sophomore Championships

Baba Booyah leads at all points in Michigan Oaks

Baba Booyah was never headed on her way to a half-length victory in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Oaks at Pinnacle Race Course.

The three-year-old Daylight Savings filly moved quickly to the rail and set an easy pace in the early goings, as City Tour chased from a length behind. The field stayed closely bunched across the backstretch with little change in positions as the opening half mile was set at :50.95.

Baba Booyah began to pick up the pace heading into the final turn, as did stablemate Moon Charmer, who quickly overtook City Tour for the second position. Moon Charmer, the post time favorite, began to pressure Baba Booyah through the turn, but she was turned away by the leader, who still held a length’s advantage heading into the stretch. The challenger continued to stage bids throughout the stretch and was repelled with each attempt. As the finish drew near, Moon Charmer began to gain significant ground on Baba Booyah, but could not beat the wire, as Baba Booyah held on for a 1/2 length victory under jockey Jeffrey Skerrett. A late-running Hakuna Matata finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Moon Charmer for third.

Baba Booyah completed the 1 1/16 mile race in 1:49.45 over a fast surface. She left the gates as the third choice at odds of 2.30-to-one.

Baba Booyah is trained by Bob Gorham for owner Marion Gorham. She was bred in Michigan by Todd and Carol Weddon. The Oaks victory was Baba Booyah’s third win from ten starts, as well as her first stakes triumph. The win increased Baba Booyah’s career earnings to $63,590.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Baba Booyah (Jeffrey Skerrett) 6.60 / 3.20 / 2.20
4 – Moon Charmer (Federico Mata) 2.10 / 2.20
3 – Hakuna Matata (Angel Stanley) 2.10

1 1/16 Miles
Time:  1:49.45

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Your winner, Baba Booyah (photo from a previous race).

Perfect Start overcomes troubled trip in Mackinac Handicap

During a conversation with Perfect Start’s owner Charlie Williams, he said the three-year-old Jump Start colt had the potential to be the best horse to run under his name.

Perfect Start took a major step toward fulfilling that prophecy with a pace-stalking victory in Saturday’s $50,000 Mackinac Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

Perfect Start stuck to the outside hip of early pacesetter Juggle as the field made its first pass under the wire and into the clubhouse turn, where he then moved inside to the rail. After trying to get around Juggle on the inside failed to produce results, jockey Alexis Ortiz moved Perfect Start sharply to the outside of his rival as the two battled across the backstretch.

As this was happening, Juggle began to accelerate heading into the final turn and quickly found himself used up on the lead. Perfect Start capitalized and overtook the leader in the turn. Post time favorite Meadow Wise also began to approach the front on the inside after a ground saving start. A length separated Perfect Start and Meadow Wise at the top of the stretch, as the challenger was urged to gain ground on the leader . However, Perfect Start continued to power ahead of his rival under a right hand whip and prevailed by 1 1/4 lengths. Romeo Again led the second wave of horses and finished four lengths behind Meadow Wise for third place. Early leader Juggle faded to last.

The 1 1/16 mile race was completed in 1:47:87 over a fast surface. Perfect Start raced at final odds of 5.10-to-one.

Perfect Start is homebred in Michigan by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. With the victory in the Mackinac, Perfect Start improved his lifetime record to three wins in six starts and notched his first stakes win in the process. His career earnings now total $49,570.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

2 – Perfect Start (Alexis Ortiz) 12.20 / 5.00 / 4.20
8 – Meadow Wise (Angel Stanley) 3.20 / 2.60
6 – Romeo Again (Federico Mata) 3.60

1 1/16 Miles
Time: 1:47.87

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Your winner, Perfect Start (photo from a previous race).

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