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Mata wins three in Michigan Sire Stakes

The following Sire Stakes recaps are presented without shots of the winning horse and rider courtesy of Sunlight Photography, Pinnacle’s track photographers who threatened to have my camera taken away if I photographed anything except the races themselves, which I was “allowed” to do. All of this happened despite having obtained a media photo credential from track management.

But enough about my day, let’s talk about some races…

Bipolar Express wins stretch battle in Classic
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Bipolar Express (4) duels to the wire with Demagoguery (7) and Hot Chili (1, inside) to win the Michigan Sires Classic at Pinnacle Race Course.

The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

After four years of Sire Stakes consistency by Meadow Vespers, Bipolar Express began a run of his own by winning his second straight October Classic race in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sires Classic at Pinnacle Race Course.

The four-year-old Equality gelding broke with the front pack and battled for the early lead with Hot Chili and Mt. Factor before cooling off and taking a stalking position as the field headed into the first turn. Hot Chili dueled from the rail with Mt. Factor, who maintained a small advantage through the turn and across the first half of the backstretch. Bipolar Express sat two lengths behind the lead duo and began to make his move to on the outside with about five furlongs to go.

Bipolar Express gained the advantage heading into the final turn as Mt. Factor began to fall off the pace. As Bipolar Express and Hot Chili battled into the stretch, Demegoguery also began to gain ground. The lead pair traded bobs of the head throughout the stretch with Demagogurey chipping away on the outside. In the final strides, Bipolar Express put a head in front to prevail under jockey T.D. Houghton. Hot Chili finished a neck ahead of Demagoguery  for the runner-up money.

Bipolar Express stopped the clock in the 1 1/8 mile race with a time of 1:54.21 on a fast track. He left the gates as the second choice of 1.60-to-one. Post time favorite Meadow Vespers had his usual ground saving trip, but came up empty in the stretch.

Bred in Michigan by Gene and Phyllis Gilmore, Bipolar Express is owned by Winning Stables, Inc. and trained by Gerald Bennett. The Sire Stakes victory completes a successful re-claim by Bennett, who lost Bipolar Express to trainer Scott Lake for a $25,000 tag two races ago at Presque Isle Downs. Bennett claimed his charge back in the next race for $35,000

With the win, Bipolar Express improved his career record to seven wins from 27 starts. The race was also his second stakes win, after winning last year’s three-year-old Sire Stakes at Pinnacle. His career earnings now total $209,069.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Bipolar Express (T.D. Houghton) 5.20 / 3.60 / 3.20
1 – Hot Chili (Federico Mata) 6.80 / 5.60
7 – Demagoguery (Godofredo Laurente) 5.60

1 1/8 Miles
Time: 1:54.21

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Sire Stakes Preview: Older Horses

Meadow Vespers goes for fifth straight Sire Stakes win in Older Male division

Meadow Vespers will try to continue his run of success in the Sire Stakes Older Male division at Pinnacle Race Course.

Meadow Vespers will try to continue his run of success in the Sire Stakes Older Male division at Pinnacle Race Course.

Through all the uncertainty and changes Michigan’s racing industry has faced over the last four years, one thing has remained consistent – Meadow Vespers is money in the Sire Stakes.

Beginning with the 2005 three-year-old Sire Stakes at Great Lakes Downs, Meadow Vespers has found the winner’s circle a perfect four straight years. He will attempt to cap a half decade of dominance in Saturday’s $50,000 Sire Stakes for older males at Pinnacle Race Course.

Meadow Vespers enters the 1 1/8 mile Sire Stakes off a third place finish in the Sep. 12 Frontier Handicap at Pinnacle, where his usual last-to-first theatrics were stalled by traffic problems. The seven-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding has not finished off the board during his 2009 campaign, including a win in the Aug. 15 Michigan Breeders Cup Handicap. Meadow Vespers is owned by J. Mack Enterprise Inc. and trained by Richard Rettele. J.J. Delgado will have the assignment on Saturday.

The older males division features another winner from last year’s Sire Stakes, three-year-old division champion Bipolar Express. The four-year-old Equality gelding has spent most of his 2009 campaign at Presque Isle Downs, most recently coming off a fourth place finish  in a Sep. 3 claiming race at the Erie, Pennsylvania track. Bipolar Express is owned Winning Stables, Inc and trained by Gerald Bennett, who claimed the horse back in his last start for $35,000 after losing his charge in the preceding race for a $25,000 tag. T.D. Houghton will have the mount in Saturday’s race.

Another road-tested Michigan-bred returning home for the Sire Stakes is Demagoguery. The seven-year-old Demaloot Demashoot gelding has entered the gates at four different tracks during his 2009 campaign, including Tampa Bay Downs, Thistledown, Presque Isle Downs and a runner-up finish in the July 4 Wolverine Handicap in his lone start at Pinnacle Race Course. He comes into the Sire Stakes off a second place finish in a Sep. 12 allowance race at Thistledown. Demagoguery is owned by Mary Mazur and trained by Gerald Bennett. Godofredo Laurente will get the leg up.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Hot Chili / F Mata / J R Jackson / 6-1
2. Mt. Factor / A Ortiz / R J Rettele / 20-1
3. Meadow Vespers / J J Delgado / R J Rettele / 8-5
4. Bipolar Express / T D Houghton / G S Bennett / 2-1
5. Buscando Fortuna / A O Stanley / R M Gorham / 15-1
6. My First Buck / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 15-1
7. Demagoguery / G Laurente / G S Bennett / 8-1
8. Rhythm In Motion / A A Marin / J R Jackson / 20-1

Valley Loot aims at third consecutive Sire Stakes win in Older Female division

Valley Loot will make a bid for her third straight Horse of the Year honors in the Older Females division of the Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Valley Loot will make a bid for her third straight Horse of the Year honors in the Older Females division of the Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Not to be outdone by Meadow Vespers’ streak, Valley Loot has staged her own run of two Sire Stakes wins. While she has a long way to go to catch up to her rival, Valley Loot has a big streak of her own, as the two-time defending Horse of the Year.

Valley Loot will look to extend both streaks to a third year in Saturday’s $50,000 Sire Stakes, a 1 1/8 mile race for older females at Pinnacle Race Course.

Though Valley Loot notched a stakes win in the June 16 Golden Sylvia Handicap at Mountaineer and ran a respectable third in the July 25 Winward Stakes at Presque Isle Downs, she has yet to show her usual dominant form at Pinnacle. The five-year-old Demaloot Demashoot mare enters the Sire Stakes off a heartbreaking loss to three-year-old Moon Charmer in the final strides of the Sep. 12 Farer Belle Lee Handicap, and has yet to win a race at the Detroit racetrack this year. Federico Mata will ride Valley Loot for owner Lisa Campbell and trainer Ronald Allen, Sr.

Campbell and Allen will also send Wave Pool, another Sire Stakes winner, to the post on Saturday. The four-year-old Sea Legs filly won the sophomore fillies division of the Sire Stakes in 2008. She enters this year’s older females contest off a fourth place finish in the Farer Belle Lee Handicap. Wave Pool will be ridden by Jeffrey Skerrett.

The wild card in the race will be Clever Idea, who makes her first start since Nov. 1 of last year. The four-year-old Matchlite filly finished second that day to fellow Sire Stakes entrant Nell’s Enjoyment in an allowance race at Pinnacle. During her three-year-old campaign, Clever Idea was one of the top fillies in her class, with a win in the Michigan Oaks and a runner-up effort in the Sire Stakes. Dave Kueffner trains Clever Idea for owner Steve Prain. J.J. Delgado will have the assignment on Saturday.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Glory Bea / W Ortiz / J A Lewis / 20-1
2. She Could Be Good / T D Houghton / R M Gorham / 12-1
3. Valley Loot / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 6-5
4. Half A Glance / M E Doser / S Sowle / 15-1
5. Guns and Giggles / A Ortiz / J C Rupert / 10-1
6. Wave Pool / J Skerrett / R D Allen, Sr. / 9-2
7. Clever Idea / J J Delgado / D Kueffner / 4-1
8. Nell’s Enjoyment / A A Marin / S M Spiess / 20-1
9.  Stellar Star / A O Stanley / D Cluley / 20-1

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Weekend stakes action at Pinnacle & Mount Pleasant

Four-time Sire Stakes winner Meadow Vespers begins his stakes campaign toward a fifth in Saturday's Wolverine Handicap. Ivan Gonzalez, pictured above, will retain the mount.

Four-time Sire Stakes winner Meadow Vespers begins his stakes campaign toward a fifth in Saturday's Wolverine Handicap. Ivan Gonzalez, pictured above, will retain the mount.

Wolverine Handicap

Michigan’s stakes scene is nothing new for Meadow Vespers.

The seven-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding has been a mainstay in the state’s top ranks since his Sire Stakes-winning two-year-old campaign at Great Lakes Downs.

Four straight Sire Stakes victories later, Meadow Vespers will begin his march toward a fifth Fall Showcase win in Saturday’s $50,000 Wolverine Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

Last year’s champion older male enters the six furlong Wolverine off a deep closing June 6 allowance win at Pinnacle in his first start since last October’s Sire Stakes. In the allowance effort, he beat many of the rivals he will face on Sunday, including Demagoguery, Hot Chili, and Weatherstorm, who finished second through fourth respectively. 

Meadow Vespers is owned by J. Mack Enterprise, Inc. and trained by Richard Rettele. Regular rider Ivan Gonzalez will be in the saddle.

The 2008 Sire Stakes winner in the three-year-old male division is also entered Saturday. Bipolar Express, a four-year-old Equality gelding, comes off a third place effort in a June 16 optional claimer at Mountaineer. He is owned by Gene and Phyllis Gilmore and trained by Gerald Bennett. Faith Schorr comes in from Presque Isle Downs to take the mount.

Stepping up to face older foes is three-year-old Juggle. The Elusive Hour colt comes off a win in the June 13 Lansing Stakes at Pinnacle against fellow three-year-olds. Juggle is one of three horses entered in the Wolverine by owner Mast Thoroughbreds LLC and trainer Robert Gorham.

Despite coming off a stakes victory, a rider was not named for Juggle at the time the race drew. Pinnacle-based jockeys without a mount in the Wolverine include Wilkin Ortiz, Lizetta Cedeno, Glenmore Mayhew and Leonard Frazzitta, Jr.. A visiting rider from another track could be a possibility as well.

Here are the entries for Saturday’s race…

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Bishop Casey / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 15-1
2. Hot Chili / R Barrios / J R Jackson / 8-1
3. Lil Perfect Storm / R L Knott / D D Waite / 20-1
4. It’s a Ego Thing / A O Stanley / R R Russell / 7-2
5. Bipolar Express / F Schorr / G S Bennett / 5-1
6. Demagoguery / G Laurente / G S Bennett / 15-1
7. Fiery Lake / J J Delgado / E Griffin / 15-1
8. All I Can Get / F Mata / G S Bennett / 8-1
9. Meadow Vespers / I R Gonzalez / R J Rettele / 2-1
10. Juggle / No Rider / R M Gorham / 15-1
11. Weatherstorm / A A Marin / R M Gorham / 12-1

Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap

Perennial Mount Pleasant Meadows favorite Senorita Tres will again likely be the people's choice in Sunday's Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap. Richard Rettele will be in the irons.

Perennial Mount Pleasant Meadows favorite Senorita Tres will again likely be the people's choice in Sunday's Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap. Richard Rettele will be in the irons.

After successful campaigns at ages two and three, Senorita Tres will look to continue her dominance in year cuatro in Sunday’s $18,000 Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The four-year-old Tres Seis filly enters the 350-yard race off a third place effort in the Indiana Downs Classic Stakes on May 23 at Indiana Downs. Owned by Walter Harrison and trained by Carol Rettele, Senorita Tres will be ridden by Richard Rettele.

Also entered is MPM Spring Stakes winner Hez Flyin With Class. Owned by Ivy Lane Racing and trained by Renee Wilson, the six-year-old Strawflyin Buds gelding found the winner’s circle in his last start at Mount Pleasant Meadows, winning the May 24 Spring Sprint by a half length.

Hez Flyin With Class is the second part of an entry with fellow Ajax Downs-based Ivy Lane horse Rio Rojo Jess. The five-year-old Feature Mr Jess gelding (a paint!) will be ridden by Nate Alcala. 

Here are the entries for Sunday’s race…

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Shakem Otis 123 / L Gates / J Hall / 6-1
1A. Streakin Joe 123 / J Veltman / J Hall / 6-1
2. Rio Rojo Jess / N Alcala / R Wilson / 4-1
2B. Hez Flyin With Class / O Delgado / R Wilson / 4-1
3. Doc Holiday 123 / J F Delgado / A F Cunningham / 10-1
4. Senorita Tres / R Rettele / C Rettele / 7-5
5. Bye Bye Cartel / A Keller / N Bishop / 12-1

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Campbell Stables, Arnold Farm clean up at MTOBA year-end awards

After three years of success on the racetrack, the only question that remains surrounding Campbell Stables’ prized filly Valley Loot is where to go from here.

The four-year-old Demaloot Demashoot filly threw two more awards, including another Michigan Horse of the Year nod, onto her already impressive heap of honors at Sunday’s Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards banquet and silent auction.

I always enjoy going to the MTOBA banquet. It gives me an opportunity to talk to people in the business and acquire some memorabilia and reading material for the coming year in the silent auction.

However, being a quasi-broke college student in a room full of people with money (I know a lot of horsemen are hurting financially right now, but if you can afford to feed a double-digit herd for more than 15 minutes, you probably have more in the bank than I do) makes going home with the big-ticket items tough.

This year’s marquee item(s) was a set of paintings, one of Barbaro and one of Secretariat, signed by each horse’s owner and jockey. I do not recall how much the set sold for, but the last time I checked on it, the high bid was somewhere in the $500 range.

I was disappointed to see some of the higher-end items I had my eye on (an A.P. Indy halter and a print of a Keeneland painting) go for more than I was willing to spend, but I still managed to leave with $120 worth of books for me and Christmas gifts for the family.  

One more thing about the auction. It was surprising to see most of the stallion seasons go completely untouched.

Though I did not watch the bids that closely, the only stallion I saw getting any action at all was Service Stripe, who will make his return to Michigan in 2009 after standing in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.Unless someone placed some bids after I last checked their sheets, proven sires like Demaloot Demashoot and promising ones like Elusive Hour and Monetary Star did not receive a single bid. 

If I had a broodmare, I could have done quite well for myself, snagging up breedings to some decent Michigan stallions for less than half their posted stud fees. Of course, the breeding and sales industries are hurting so badly, both locally and nationally, that it seems no one is looking to breed, and rightfully so. From that standpoint, I can understand the lack of bids, but from the perspective of someone constantly looking for that good deal, I was left scratching my head.

But you’re not here to read about my fortunes in the silent auction, are you?

Let’s have a look at this year’s award nominees and see who took home the prizes…

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