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Fearles Fred wins Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap

2010 Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap
Fearles Fred (#7) holds off pressure from Royal Wicked (#3) to win the Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Fearles Fred wrapped up the 2010 live meet at Mount Pleasant Meadows on a winning note with a score in Sunday’s $15,000 Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap.

The three-year-old Fredricksburg gelding broke cleanly and angled inside once he was clear of his nearby rivals. He soon hooked up with Royal Wicked and the pair battled for the lead heading onto the main track. Royal Wicked held a head’s advantage as the field came down the stretch, with Fearles Fred continuing to pressure from the outside and Ethics Aside challenging on the rail. With about 50 yards to go, Fearles Fred drew even with his rival and carried that momentum to win by a neck over Royal Wicked. A late moving Hez Fastforthecash closed for third.

Fearles Fred and jockey Richard Rettele finished the 350 yard race with a time of :17.519 seconds. His time was just under four hundredths of a second off the track record of :17.480 seconds set by Cash Maid Pledge on Sept 18, 1994. Fearles Fred was the post time favorite in Sunday’s race at odds of 0.50-to-one.

Homebred in Texas by Walter Harrison, Fearles Fred is trained by Carol Rettele. The race was his ninth win from 14 starts, and his third stakes victory. He improved his career earnings to $69,742.

Sunday’s card was a successful one for Fearles Fred’s dam Precious Debutante. The Heza Fast Man mare also foaled Mr Corona To You, who won the GLQHA Stallion Service Sale Futurity earlier in the day.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – Fearles Fred (Richard Rettele) 3.00 / 4.oo / 2.40
3 – Royal Wicked (Gerardo Garrido) 40.40 / 6.20
5 – Hez Fastforthecash (Jose Beltran) 3.40

350 Yards
Time: 17.519 seconds

Fearles Fred - Richard Rettele
Your winner, Fearles Fred; Richard Rettele, up.

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Mr Corona To You prevails in GLQHA Stallion Service Sale Futurity

2010 GLQHA Stallion Sevice Sale Futurity
Mr Corona To You (#3) keeps on top of the field to win the GLQHA Stallion Service Sale Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Mr Corona To You ran straight down the rail and outlasted a late rally to win Sunday’s $21,226 Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association Stallion Service Sale Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The two-year-old Corona For Me gelding broke cleanly and was roused to the front with right-handed urging by jockey Richard Rettele in the race’s opening strides. He held a head advantage over Montis Grand Concept and Out An About as the field entered the main track. Mr. Corona To You stretched his lead out to a neck with about 100 yards to go before the wire, then dug in against a charging field under a steady right hand whip. Rettele put the whip away in the final strides and hand rode Mr Corona To You to the win by a neck over Out An About. Montis Grand Concept missed the head bob for second, but grabbed third place by a head bob over Dials Jumpn.

Mr Corona To You stopped the clock in the 350 yard race at :18.146 seconds. He was the post time favorite at odds of 1.30-to-one.

Homebred in Texas by Walter Harrison, Mr Corona To You is conditioned by Carol Rettele. The futurity final was his second win from five starts and his first in stakes company. His career earnings now total $11,280.

Sunday’s card was a successful one for Mr Corona To You’s dam Precious Debutante. The Heza Fast Man mare also foaled Fearles Fred, who won the Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap later in the day.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

3 – Mr Corona To You (Richard Rettele) 4.60 / 3.40 / 2.80
1A – Out An About (Gerardo Garrido) 3.40 / 2.60
2 – Montis Grand Concept (Nate Alcala) 2.20

350 Yards
Time: 18.146 Seconds

Mr Corona To You - Richard Rettele
Your winner, Mr Corona To You; Richard Rettele, up.

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Retteles take two on Mount Pleasant’s getaway day

Fearless Fred much the best in Budwieser Futurity

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Fearless Fred (4) pulls clear to win the Budweiser Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Fearless Fred took command in the stretch to win Sunday’s $38,360 Budweiser Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The two-year-old Fredricksburg gelding broke cleanly and challenged for the lead with Alley Rose 123 and Which Wich 501 in the race’s early goings. After a quick initial burst by Which Wich 501, Fearless Fred took control of the lead and never looked back. He was clear by a length in the middle of the stretch and extended his lead to a length and a quarter as he crossed the finish under an intermittent right hand whip by jockey Richard Rettele. Post time favorite Uno Corona dueled with Which Wich 501 and nipped her rival at the wire to take the runner-up spot.

Fearless Fred won the 400 yard race with a time of 20.446 seconds over a fast track. He left the gates as the second choice at odds of 1.90-to-one.

Fearless Fred was homebred in Texas by Walter Harrison and trained by Carol Rettele. The Budweiser Futurity was his fourth win from seven starts, as well as his first win in stakes company. His career earnings now total $20,899.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Fearless Fred (Richard Rettele) 5.80 / 3.20 / 4.40
7 – Uno Corona (Oscar Delgado) 2.80 / 4.80
5 – Which Wich 501 (Tasha Fritz) 5.00

400 Yards
Time: 20.446 seconds

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Your winner, Fearless Fred; Richard Rettele, up.

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Hakuna Matata wins by DQ, Senorita Tres by a neck

Hakuna Matata wins Ann Arbor Stakes by DQ

Hakuna Matata took advantage of an overly physical stretch drive to win Saturday’s $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course by disqualification.

The three-year-old Meadow Prayer filly bided her time in seventh place throughout most of the race before staging a rally deep in the stretch. Despite the late move by jockey Angel Stalney, it was not enough to get past post time co-favorite Moon Charmer, who completed the one mile race with a time of 1:42.14.

However, the order of finish was altered when Moon Charmer was taken down to third after repeatedly bothering the race’s leader in the stretch, Baba Booyah.

After taking the lead through the first turn, Susie’s Prayer battled The Girl Rolls through the backstretch with the three entries from trainer Robert Gorham’s barn all sitting in stalking position. Baba Booyah moved up to challenge The Girl Rolls approaching the final turn and overtook the leader shortly afterward. After distancing herself from the field through the turn, Baba Booyah was challenged by Moon Charmer as the two turned for home. With 1/16 of a mile to go, Moon Charmer began lugging in toward Baba Booyah, whose rider eventually checked, leaving her rival free to win the race by 1 1/4 lengths. With her momentum already going in the wrong direction, Baba Booyah was unable to hold off Hakuna Matata, who rallied seven-wide to finish second by a nose. 

After the race, a Stewards’ Inquiry put Moon Charmer behind Baba Booyah for third, which elevated Hakuna Matata to the top spot.

Hakuna Matata is trained by Larry Uelmen for White Lake Farms, Inc.. The Ann Arbor was Hakuna Matata’s second win in eight career starts, and was also her first stakes triumph. With the win, her career earnings increased to $50,866.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

3 – Hakuna Matata (Angel Stanley) 12.60 / 5.40 / 4.00
6 – Baba Booyah (Ricardo Barrios) 5.60 / 4.20
1A – Moon Charmer (DQ 1st to 3rd) (Godofredo Laurente) 3.80

One Mile
Time: 1:42.14

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Your winner, Hakuna Matata; Angel Stanley, up (Photo from a previous race).

Senorita Tres hangs on in Midwest Maturity

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Senorita Tres (4) holds off Rio Rojo Jess (1A) to take the Midwest Maturity Challenge Stakes at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The “right horse for the course” theory held up once again when Senorita Tres notched another big win in Sunday’s $21,000 Midwest Maturity Challenge Stakes at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The four-year-old Tres Seis filly avoided a small commotion from her neighbors coming out of the gate and put a nose at the front of the pack in the early goings. She maintained a small advantage heading into the main stretch and gained separation in the middle stage of the race. Senorita Tres then held off a strong late charge by Rio Rojo Jess to prevail by a neck in the 350 yard race under jockey Richard Rettele. The winning time for the race was :17.696 seconds, eclipsing the horse’s own mark for the year’s fastest time at that distance. 

Rio Rojo Jess finished 3/4 lengths ahead of Hez Fastforthecash for the runner-up position. Rio Rojo Jess ran second to Senorita Tres in a similar fashion during their last faceoff in the July 5 Don Boyd Memorial Handicap.

Senorita Tres is owned by Walter Harrison and trained by Carol Rettele. The Midwest Maturity was Senorita Tres’ 17th win in 22 starts, increasing her lifetime earnings to $131,932.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Senorita Tres (Richard Rettele) 3.00 / 3.00 / 2.10
1A – Rio Rojo Jess (Nate Alcala) 2.40 / 2.20
2 Hez Fastforthecash (Jimmy Williams) 2.40

350 Yards
Time: 17.696 Seconds 

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Your winner, Senorita Tres; Richard Rettele, up.

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Fiery Lake upsets, Senorita Tres dominates

Longshot Fiery Lake burns field in Wolverine

Fiery Lake shocked a field flush with past Michigan champions to win Saturday’s $50,000 Wolverine Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The four-year-old Devil His Due gelding patiently watched front-runner Weatherstorm open up a large lead from second before reeling in his rival throughout the turn. He then pulled away in the stretch to win the six furlong race by 4 3/4 lengths under a steady driving finish by jockey J.J Delgado. Fiery Lake covered the distance in 1:11.51 at odds of 17.60-to-one.

Second through fourth places were tightly contested, each separated by a neck. Demagoguery held off last year’s champion older male Meadow Vespers, making his usual late charge, for the place money. Lil Perfect Storm finished fourth. 

Pacesetter Weatherstorm faded back to ninth after setting the half mile fraction at 46.16 seconds and leading by as many as 3 1/2 lengths in the early goings. Post time favorite Bipolar Express turned in an even fifth place effort at odds of 1.80-to-one. 

Fiery Lake is owned by Samaron Stable and trained by Evelyn Griffin. He was bred in Michigan by Pat Scanlon. Fiery Lake improved his career record to four wins from 15 starts with his victory in the Wolverine. His career earnings increased to $86,055. The Wolverine was Fiery Lake’s first career stakes win, as well as his first win of 2009.

For a chart of the race, click here.

7 – Fiery Lake (J.J. Delgado) 37.20 / 22.00 / 5.00
6 – Demagoguery (Godofredo Laurente) 10.20 / 4.40
9  – Meadow Vespers (Ivan Gonzalez) 2.80

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:11.51 

It seems I don’t have any pictures of the winner in my archives this week, either. I only had gas for one trip to Pinnacle this weekend and Mrs. Murphy’s start on Friday won out. What’s the deal with all these horses I’ve never seen in person winning stakes races, anyway?

Senorita Tres rolls in Don Boyd Handicap

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Senorita Tres (4) holds off a challenge from Rio Rojo Jess (2) to win the Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

When a horse is the class of the field, the jockey’s whip can become more of an ornament than a tool of encouragement.

Such was the case in Sunday’s $21,500 Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap at Mount Pleasant Meadows, when jockey Richard Rettele only needed three or four strokes of the whip before handriding Senorita Tres to the win by a neck. Senorita Tres left the gates as the 1.30-to-one favorite.

The four-year-old Tres Seis filly broke cleanly and took a small advantage heading into the stretch. That lead grew slightly, then shrunk back as Senorita Tres outlasted a late-gaining Rio Rojo Jess to win the 350-yard race in 17.730 seconds on a fast track. Rio Rojo Jess’ Ivy Lane stablemate Hez Flyin With Class finished 1 1/4 lengths behind for third.

Senorita Tres is homebred in Michigan by Walter R. Harrison and trained by Carol Rettele. The win boosted her career record to sixteen wins from 21 starts and increased her lifetime earnings to $121,432.

For a chart of the race, click here.

4 – Senorita Tres (Richard Rettele) 4.60 / 6.60 / 2.60
2 – Rio Rojo Jess (Nate Alcala) 5.60 / 3.20
2B – Hez Flyin With Class (Oscar Delgado) 5.60 / 3.20

350 Yards
Time: 17.730 seconds

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Your winner, Senorita Tres; Richard Rettele, up.

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