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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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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.

To see results from the rest of Mount Pleasant’s closing day stakes races, just click the link below.

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Closing day stakes action at Mount Pleasant Meadows

Uno Corona seeks first stakes win in Budweiser Futurity

Fearless Fred was one of two horses to set the fastest time in the trials for Sunday's Oil Capital Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Fearless Fred was one of two horses to set the fastest time in the trials for Sunday's Oil Capital Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The last day of the meet offers Michigan’s top juveniles one last chance to prove themselves in Sunday’s $20,000 Budweiser Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Each horse in the full field of 10 entries will be trying for his or her first stakes breakthrough in the 400-yard event.

One of two horses to post the fastest qualifying time in the Budweiser Futurity Trials was Uno Corona, at 20.39 seconds. The Corona For Me filly has had a globetrotting juvenile campaign, with starts at Manor Downs, The Red Mile, Hoosier Park and Mount Pleasant. The Oil Capital Derby will the first time she has made multiple starts at one track, after winning her trial by 1 1/2 lengths on Sep. 13. Oscar Delgado retains the mount for owner Ignacio Soto and trainer Rolando Almanza.

Fearless Fred also stopped the clocks in his trial with the fastest time of 20.39 seconds. The Fredricksburg gelding won his Sep. 13 trial by two lengths. Carol Rettele trains Fearless Fred for owner Walter Harrison. Richard Rettele will have the mount.

The winner of the third trial, Fishin For A Lady is also entered in Sunday’s final. The Fishin Kisses gelding crossed the wire in 20:53 seconds in his Sep. 13 trial, a length and a half ahead of the runner-up. Fishin for a Lady is owned by R and R Racing Stable LLC and trained by Tony Cunningham. Rafael Fernandez picks up the mount for the Oil Capital Derby.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Alley Rose 123 / M Holmes / J Hall / 7-1
1A. Eight Below 123 / L Gates / J Hall / 7-1
2. Fishin For A Lady / R V Fernandez / A F Cunningham / 4-1
3. Snaptooit / R Rettele / C Rettele / 10-1
4. Fearless Fred / R Rettele / C Rettele / 2-1
5. Which Wich 501 / N Fritz / A F Cunningham / 8-1
6. Go Little Val / C Garrison / S D Garrison / 12-1
7. Uno Corona / O Delgado / R Almanza / 7-5
8. Playin Favorites / G W Mayhew / C Rettele / 6-1
9. Later Version / N Alcala / C Rettele / 20-1

More stakes previews from getaway day at Mount Pleasant Meadows can be found behind the jump. Just click the link below.

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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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Peak of the Storm, Mood for a Dash win weekend’s stakes races

Peak of the Storm duels early, lasts late to win Regret Stakes

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Peak of the Storm (4) trades bobs of the head with Oh Fiddlestix (1 inside) in the stretch, but he eventually puts a nose in front to win the Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Peak of the Storm slugged it out with her rivals at every stage of the race and outlasted Oh Fiddlestix by a nose to win Saturday’s $50,000 Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course. 

The three-year-old Peaks and Valleys filly dueled with early leader Silent Tears and Oh Fiddlestix for a half mile before gaining a length’s separation entering the stretch. Oh Fiddlestix made up the distance through the stretch and exchanged bumps and head bobs with the leader, but Peak of the Storm prevailed in the six-furlong race under jockey Rick Knott as the 1.90-to-one favorite. The Regret was Knott’s first win of the meet at Pinnacle. Oh Fiddlestix finished 3/4 lengths ahead of a rallying Hakuna Matata for the runner-up spot.

Peak of the Storm is hombred in Michigan by owner Richard Hammer and is trained by Larry Penner. With the win, Peak of the Storm increased her lifetime earnings to $51,850 and earned her second win from six starts.

For a chart of the race, click here.

4 – Peak of the Storm (Rick Knott) 5.80 / 3.60 / 3.40
1 – Oh Fiddlestix (Godofredo Laurente) 25.20 / 11.80
3 – Hakuna Matata (Angel Stanley) 7.60

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:13.43 

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Your winner, Peak of the Storm; Rick Knott, up.

Mood for a Dash powers home in Michigan-Bred Derby

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Mood for a Dash (7) gets some separation from Im the Saint (8) to win the Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Mood for a Dash pulled a small upset, driving clear to win by two lengths in Saturday’s $16,453 Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The three-year-old Dashin Chico filly broke cleanly and stuck a nose out in front entering the stretch in the 350-yard race. Mood for a Dash continued to gain steam and pulled away to win the final in a convincing fashion under jockey Juan Delgado at 6-1 odds. Im the Saint closed late for the place and 2.30-to-one favorite Hez Fastforthecash overcame a pinched start to finish third. 

Mood for a Dash is owned Christine Tavares and trained by Anthony Cunningham, who has won two straight stakes races at Mount Pleasant Meadows. She was bred in Michigan by David C. and/or Tammy Lewis. With her first stakes win, Mood for a Dash improved her lifetime record to three wins from five starts, with all three victories coming at Mount Pleasant. She also boosted her career earnings to $14,286.

For a chart of the race, click here.

7 – Mood for a Dash (Juan Delgado) 14.00 / 7.60 / 3.40
8 –  Im The Saint (Natividad Alcala) 4.00 / 2.40
6 –  Hez Fastforthecash (Richard Rettele) 2.80

350 Yards
Time: 17.795 seconds 

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Your winner, Mood for a Dash; Juan Delgado, up.

By the by, Mrs. Murphy ran a big second on Saturday. Expect a look back and some photos in the near future. You didn’t think all she’d get was a quick mention at the bottom of the post, did you?

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Mrs. Murphy’s third start completely overshadows Regret Stakes, Michigan-Bred Derby

Rare is the day when a maiden claimer takes top billing over a stakes race. This is one of those days. Mrs. Murphy leaves the paddock with Angel Stanley aboard.

Rare is the day when a maiden claimer takes top billing over a stakes race. This is one of those days. Mrs. Murphy leaves the paddock with Angel Stanley aboard.

At the beginning of the day, the plan was to post a preview of Saturday’s Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Then I checked the entries.

Mrs. Murphy is scheduled to make her third start this Saturday in a $12,500 maiden claiming event going 5 1/2 furlongs. The purse is $6,600.

I don’t care if they resurrect Man O’ War to run in a match race against Secretariat; Murph gets the duke.

Mrs. Murphy looks to improve from her last race on June 9, where she faded to last after challenging for the lead for four furlongs. Murph will face three foes from her last start, who finished second, third and fourth in that race. 

To be honest, I am not sure what to expect out of this race. Her trainer said she likely learned a lot from her last start and she is becoming more focused and better conditioned, so those are signs that suggest improvement (let me be optimistic, damn it).

Understandably, Murph’s odds are the second longest on the board at 12-1. Considering Mrs. Murphy’s finishes in her first two races, I can not imagine what the 15-1 Ariel’s Ryder did to deserve longer odds. I assume I will find out when I get a look at the program.

It should come as no surprise that I will be there to see the race in person. Expect some kind of recap in the days following the race and, of course, lots of pictures.

Also somewhere down Saturday’s card is the first stakes event for Michigan’s three-year-old fillies division, the $50,000 Regret Stakes.

Can Moon Charmer find the winner's circle again this Saturday? Federico Mata poses aboard the winner following the Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Can Moon Charmer find the winner's circle again this Saturday? Federico Mata poses aboard the winner following the Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The six-furlong Regret features an eleven-horse field, which may very well be the most competitors the track sent to the gates all year.

The field’s lone stakes winner, the Robert Gorham-trained Moon Charmer, will look to reclaim her blacktype success after finishing in the middle of the pack in races at Indiana Downs and Hawthorne Race Course this spring. Owned by Mast Thoroughbreds, LLC, the Indian Charlie filly upset the field, including stablemate and eventual Michigan Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year Skyline Star, in the Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle last November. Jeffrey Skerrett will be in the irons aboard Moon Charmer.

Also entered is maiden winner Silent Tears, who comes in off a week’s rest from her maiden victory. The Gold Case filly scored a front-running win in the Maiden Special Weight event as the 0.80-to-1 favorite, winning by 4 1/2 lengths. She is owned by Felicia Campbell and II B’s Thoroughbred, and is trained by Ronald Allen, Sr.. Federico Mata gets the assignment.

The morning line favorite, Baba Booyah, enters the race off a second place allowance effort on June 9. The Daylight Savings filly was soundly beaten in two Allowance Optional Claiming tries at Hawthorne this March, but broke her maiden in her first start at Pinnacle. Ricardo Barrios retains the mount for owner Marion Gorham and trainer Robert Gorham. 

Here is a full list of entries for Saturday’s Regret Stakes…

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Oh Fiddlestix / G. Laurente / J. R. Jackson / 15-1
2. Flint / J. J. Delgado / J.R. Jackson / 20-1
3. Hakuna Matata / A. O. Stanley / L. R. Uelmen / 8-1
4. Peak of the Storm / R. L. Knott / L. Penner / 7-2
5. In the Frame / L. J. Frazzitta, Jr. / L. R. Uelmen / 20-1
6. The Girl Rolls / O. Bernal / J. R. Jackson / 15-1
7. Moon Charmer / J. Skerrett / R. M. Gorham / 5-1
8. Silent Tears / F. Mata / R. D. Allen, Sr. / 9-2
9. Ittybittymeadow / I. R. Gonzalez / R. M. Gorham / 6-1
10. Creative Secret / M. B. Chen / J. C. Rupert / 12-1
11. Baba Booyah / R. Barrios / R. M. Gorham / 3-1

Also on the stakes schedule for the weekend is Sunday’s $12,500 Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows. The 350-yard race is the first final of the year for Michigan’s three-year-old Quarter Horses.

Anniversary Annie will be one of three horses entered by the Rettele barn in Sunday's Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Richard Rettele is aboard in the photo, but Julie Veltman will get the assignment Sunday.

Anniversary Annie will be one of three horses entered by the Rettele barn in Sunday's Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Richard Rettele is aboard in the photo, but Julie Veltman will get the assignment Sunday.

The likely favorite will be Carol Rettele charge Hez Fastforthecash. The Heza Fast Man gelding won stakes races at Mount Pleasant and Beulah Park during his juvenile campaign. He proved his mettle against older competition earlier this year, finishing fourth in the May 24 Spring Sprint Stakes at Mount Pleasant, but only missing the top spot by a neck. Hez Fastforthecash is owned by Coronet Farm and will be ridden by Richard Rettele. 

Another entrant with stakes success is Im The Saint. Owned by Debra Redmond and trained by Renee Wilson, Im The Saint won last year’s GLQHA Stallion Service Sale Futurity. Nate Alcala will get the leg up on Sunday.

Also entered is allowance winner Anniversary Annie. The First Wrangler filly’s lone off-the-board finish was a fourth place effort against Im The Saint in the Stallion Service Sale Futurity. She is owned by Mark Mercer, trained by Carol Rettele, and will be ridden by Julie Veltman.

Here is the field for Sunday’s Michigan-Bred Derby…

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Mama Cole / No Rider / D. N. Gates / 8-1
1A. Sagas Quick Dash / O. Delgado / A. F. Cunningham / 8-1
2. Red Tail Fox / W. Ortiz / C. Rettele / 12-1
3. Justa Toolin / L. Gates / D. N. Gates / 6-1
4. Anniversary Annie / J. Veltman / C. Rettele / 4-1
5. Spinning Planet / M. Holmes / D. J. Evans / 20-1
6. Hez Fastforthecash / R. Rettele / C. Rettele / 3-5
7. Mood For The Dash / J. F. Delgado / A. F. Cunningham / 10-1
8. Im The Saint / N. Alcala / R. Wilson / 2-1

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