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Mount Pleasant Meadows opens for training

Mount Pleasant Meadows is inching closer to the start of its 2011 meet.

Mixed breed racetrack Mount Pleasant Meadows opened its facilities for workouts on Wednesday in preparation for a 2011 live meet that looks more and more likely to occur.

The central Michigan oval became the destination of Michigan’s Thoroughbred meet following the voluntary surrender of Pinnacle Race Course’s racing license earlier this year. The track also features Quarter Horse, Paint Horse and Arabian racing.

Local trainers Tom Dunlap and Dave Gates filled the day’s work tab with Quarter Horse and paint breezes. To view the times for Wednesday’s workouts, click here.

Mount Pleasant briefly opened the track for workouts in mid-May, but soon closed back up following a conflict with the state. The track’s simulcast area has been unaffected by those issues and remains open.

No official dates have been announced for Mount Pleasant’s 2011 meet, but speculation from reliable sources suggests that opening day will likely be scheduled for late July. According to the Michigan HBPA website, negotiations are currently being conducted between the racetrack and all of the horsemen’s groups involved to complete a contract and get racing underway.

The Morning Sun, Mount Pleasant’s local paper, was on the scene for the day’s workouts and put together a photo slideshow featuring an interview with Dave Gates. To view the slideshow, click here.

To follow all the workouts from Mount Pleasant Meadows as they become available day-by-day, click here.

UPDATE: The Morning Sun followed through on the photo slideshow with a story on the front page of Thursday’s print edition.


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Montis Grand Concept wins Michigan Bred Futurity

Trainer Dave Gates completed his sweep of Sunday’s stakes races when Montis Grand Concept showed a big final kick to win the $20,000 Michigan Bred Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The One Grand Concept filly broke from the rail and quickly took a slight lead in the opening strides. She held a nose advantage entering the main stretch over Livinggood, Who Wants What, Striking Rolla and Justa Struttin who all dueled for the lead. Montis Grand Concept accelerated as the wire approached and separated herself from the scrum to win by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Nate Alcala. Livinggood carried on for second by a neck over Who Wants What.

Montis Grand Concept stopped the clock in the 300-yard race at 15.885 seconds over a fast track. She was part of a four-horse entry from the Gates stable that went off as the post-time favorite at odds of 1.20-to-one.

Montis Grand Concept was bred in Michigan by Sue Belden and is owned by Lawrence Belden. Montis Grand Concept’s record stands at two wins from three career starts for total earnings of $10,950. The Michigan Bred Futurity was her first stakes victory.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

1 – Montis Grand Concept (Nate Alcala) 4.40 / 2.80 / 3.40
3- Livinggood (Oscar Delgado) 2.80 / 2.40
1C – Who Wants What (Aron Hunt) 4.40 / 2.80 / 3.40

300 yards
Time: 15.885 seconds

Montis Grand Concept - Nate Alcala 1
Your winner, Montis Grand Concept; Nate Alcala, up (Photo from a previous race).

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Cc Cartel drives late in Michigan Bred Derby

Cc Cartel kicked off her 2010 campaign in a big way with a win in Sunday’s $15,000 Michigan Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The Southern Cartel filly broke well and was second by a nose in a tightly bunched pack early on. Eight Below 123 held on to a slight lead through the stretch, with Cc Cartel, Dials Corona For Me, Later Version and Tuff Southern Gal all within a half length. With the wire approaching, Cc Cartel fired under jockey Aron Hunt to separate herself from the pack and win the Michigan Bred Derby by two lengths. Eight Below 123 hung on for second by a nose over Dials Corona For Me, who also prevailed by only a nose over fourth place finisher Tuff Southern Gal.

The winning time in the 350 yard race was 17.911 seconds over a fast track. Cc Cartel was part of a three-horse entry that left the gates as the 1.20-to-one post time favorite.

Cc Cartel was homebred in Michigan by Dave and Shirley Gates. Dave Gates also saddled the winner. Indiana Downs-based rider Hunt came to Mount Pleasant for the first time this year, possibly for the first time ever, to take the winning mount. The Michigan Bred Derby was Cc Cartel’s third win from nine starts for earnings of $16,890. It was also her first win in stakes company.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

1A – Cc Cartel (Aron Hunt) 4.40 / 2.20
4 – Eight Below 123 (Amanda Keller) 2.40
3 –  Dials Corona For Me (Juan Delgado)

350 Yards
Time: 17.911 seconds

Cc Cartel
Your winner, Cc Cartel (Photo from a previous race).

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Gates to saddle four in Michigan Bred Futurity

Montis Grand Concept leads a loaded stable from trainer Dave Gates into Sunday's Michigan Bred Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Trainer Dave Gates will have his work cut out for him in the paddock prior to Sunday’s $20,000 Michigan Bred Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Through all the commotion that will be occurring in the full 10-horse paddock, Gates will have to divide his attention between the four entries he will send to post in the 300-yard race for Michigan-bred juveniles.

Gates, along with the race’s other trainers will try to saddle a first-time stakes winner in the Michigan Bred Futurity. The entire field will be making its first start in stakes company on Sunday.

The Gates stable is led by Montis Grand Concept, who owns the biggest win of the field coming into the race. The Monti’s Lad filly enters the Michigan Bred Futurity off a 3/4 length maiden score on June 13 at Mount Pleasant. Gates trains Montis Grand Concept for owner Lawrence Belden. Nate Alcala will have the assignment.

Justa Struttin will be one of the horses sharing the entry with Montis Grand Concept. The Struttin To Beduino gelding prevailed by a neck in a June 13 maiden race at Mount Pleasant in his most recent start. Dave and Shirley Gates own Justa Struttin and Dave Gates will saddle him. He will be ridden by Lee Gates.

The other two parts of the Gates entry are Lil Liza Pain, owned by Cecil Merritt and ridden Amanda Keller, and Who Wants What, owned by R and R Racing Stables Inc. and ridden by Aron Hunt.

Also entered is Carol Rettele charge Ms Easy Corona. The filly by The Corona finished third by a half length to Justa Struttin during her most recent start in a maiden race at Mount Pleasant. Owned by C-Ludlow Farms, Ms Easy Corona will be ridden by Richard Rettele.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Montis Grand Concept / N Alcala / D N Gates / 3-5
1A. Lil Liza Pain / A Keller / D N Gates / 3-5
1C. Who Wants What / A Hunt / D N Gates / 3-5
1X. Justa Struttin / L Gates / D N Gates / 3-5
2. Striking Rolla / H Collins / A F Cunningham / 3-1
2B. Out An About / J F Delgado / A F Cunningham / 3-1
2X. Dials Jumpn / J A Beltran / A F Cunningham / 3-1
3. Livinggood / O Delgado / R E Moore / 10-1
4. Achoiceforthecash / R Rettele / C Rettele / 7-1
5. Ms Easy Corona / A Hernandez / C Rettele / 5-1

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Uno Machine draws clear in Michigan Paint Horse Futurity

Uno Machine wins the 2010 Michigan Paint Horse Futurity
Uno Machine (4) takes command approaching the wire to win the Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Uno Machine’s late kick separated her from the field and the rest of Michigan’s juvenile Paint division on Sunday, en route to a convincing score in the $5,000 Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The two-year-old Dos Poruno filly veered out slightly coming out of the starting  gate, but her course was quickly corrected. She trailed an inside-running Petergunrabbit by a head going into the main stretch, but began to distance herself from her rivals as the wire approached. Under the intermittent right hand whip of jockey Lee Gates, Uno Machine took advantage of a clear path to the finish to win the Michigan Paint Horse Futurity by a length and a half. Shake It Twice joined Uno Machine on her rally and chased the leader to a runner-up finish, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Awesome Voodo Magic.

Uno Machine won the 350-yard race in :18.353 over a fast track. She left the gate as the post time favorite at odds of 1.20-to-0ne.

Homebred in Michigan by Dave and Shirley Gates, Uno Machine is also trained by Dave Gates. The Michigan Paint Horse Futurity was Uno Machine’s second win from as many starts and was the filly’s first stakes victory. She has amassed career earnings of $3,800.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Uno Machine (Lee Gates) 4.40 / 2.80 / 2.20
3 – Shake It Twice (Jose Beltran) 5.40 / 2.60
5 – Awesome Voodo Magic (Juan Delgado) 2.40

350 yards
:18.353 seconds

Uno Machine - Lee Gates
Your winner, Uno Machine; Lee Gates, up.

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Mount Pleasant Meadows in photos

The Mount Pleasant Meadows 2010 meet is off and running; as is Thoroughbred Sweet at Best, ridden by Nate Alcala.

The first two weeks of Mount Pleasant Meadows’ 2010 meet are in the books.

I’ve been telling a lot of long-winded stories lately, so for the beginning of Mount Pleasant’s season, I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking. Between stakes races and general goings-on, more than enough will be written about the central Michigan track in due time.

For those interested in a written description of the track, my review of last year’s opening day can be found here. A few names and faces may have shuffled since last year, but the general feel of the place remains the same.

Before we commence with the photos, this seems as good a time as any to once again plug the Mount Pleasant Meadows Facebook page, to which I have been contributing. Readers interested in learning more about the track are encouraged to become “fans” by visiting the page and clicking on the appropriate button.

Now, without further ado, behind the jump are photos from the last two week’s worth of races at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Enjoy!

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