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Rettele featured in Cincinnati local TV news story

Jockey Richard Rettele and Fearles Fred won their second straight stakes race in Tuesday's Queen City Dash Stakes at River Downs.

When Richard Rettele wins a stakes race at Mount Pleasant Meadows, hardly anyone bats an eye. In fact, it’s usually expected.

When Rettele does it at River Downs, it makes the local news.

Then again, Rettele’s win aboard Fearles Fred in Tuesday’s $15,000 Queen City Dash Stakes was his first since turning 70 on Aug. 8. Even more impressive is the fact that he missed the track record for 350 yards by just .055 of a second. It was the second race in a row won by Rettele and Fearles Fred where the pair came within a fraction of a second of setting a new mark.

Rettele’s appearance alone garnered attention from the track, including an interview prior to the race with track announcer Pete Aiello and various promotional photos (for those of you with Facebook accounts).

The race, and its outcome, drew the attention of WCPO Channel 9 in Cincinnati, who did a feature on Rettele for its Wednesday evening news. Included in the piece is an interview with River Downs’ Director of Publicity John Engelhardt, the video of the race itself and clips of Rettele’s interview with Aiello.

To view the TV feature, along with a write-up on the channel’s website, click here.

Daily Racing Form reporter C.A. Shoemaker also did a story about Rettele’s 70th birthday and his continued success in the saddle. That story can be read here.

The Blood Horse put a story on its website Thursday about Rettele’s win, which can be read here.

The Associated Press has also gotten in on the story, with a video based largely on the footage provided by River Downs. I have been told the video was featured on the front page of Yahoo News.

I’m working on a story of my own about Rettele for the Midwest Thoroughbred magazine, so to avoid the risk of scooping myself, I’m going to let the above pieces do the talking for now.

However, I will go as far as to say I am a big admirer of his work, and he provided a fantastic interview when I spoke to him for the aforementioned article. Rettele is a class act and great at telling his fascinating story.


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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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Ship-ins invade Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap

Fearles Fred will shoot for his sixth win in seven starts at Mount Pleasant Meadows in Sunday's Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap.

A combination of new shippers, regulars and horses making a homecoming to Mount Pleasant Meadows will try to win the final race of the track’s 2010 meet in Sunday’s $15,000 Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap.

Four of the seven Quarter Horses entered in the 350 yard race for three-year-olds and up will make their first start at Mount Pleasant for 2010. Many of those horses will race in Michigan for the first time.

The platoon of newcomers is led by Ethics Aside, who comes to Michigan from the Louisiana circuit after a brief stop at Indiana Downs. The four-year-old Mr Jess Perry horse enters the race off an unplaced finish in a June 25 allowance race at Indiana, hampered by a stumbled start. Before heading north, Ethics Aside finished sixth by just a length and a half in the May 22 Bank Of America East Championship Challenge at Delta Downs. Rolando Almanza trains Ethics Aside for owner Jorge Luis Gonzalez. Oscar Delgado will be in the irons for Sunday’s race.

Heading up the Mount Pleasant-based contingent is Fearles Fred. The three-year-old Fredricksburg gelding has defended his home turf well, sporting a five-for-six record at Mount Pleasant, in addition to a victory in last October’s All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity at Beulah Park. Fearles Fred enters Sunday’s race off a runner-up finish in the July 3 Indiana Live Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana Derby at Indiana Downs. Regular rider Richard Rettele will have the mount aboard Fearles Fred for owner Walter Harrison and trainer Carol Rettele.

A former Rettele charge making his return to Mount Pleasant is Hez Fastforthecash. The four-year-old Heza Fast Man gelding won or hit the board in stakes races at Mount Pleasant, Beulah Park and Hialeah Park in his last three starts. Most recently, he finished third in the Jan. 17 Sawgrass Stakes at Hialeah. Lee Gates will have the assignment aboard Hez Fastforthecash for owner Rogelio Martinez and trainer Rolando Almanza.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Ethics Aside / O Delgado / R Almanza / 1-1
2. Eight Below 123 / N Alcala / J Hall / 3-1
3. Royal Wicked / G Garrido / R Almanza / 15-1
4. Alley Rose 123 / A Keller / J Hall / 6-1
5. Hez Fastforthecash / L Gates / R Almanza / 2-1
6. Zoom N Crash / J F Delgado / A F Cunningham / 9-1
7. Fearles Fred / R Rettele / C Rettele / 2-5

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