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Mount Pleasant Meadows cancels opening card

Horse racing fans in central Michigan will have to wait another week for live racing to return to Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The mixed breed racetrack canceled its opening card yesterday due to a lack of entries. In an email, the track said “weather conditions last week caused a lack of workouts for horses wanting in.”

The Mount Pleasant area has been getting steady rains for several days, and the track’s tendency to hold water likely made training conditions difficult on the sandy loam.

Commitments at Indiana Downs by trainers, jockeys and horses normally based at Mount Pleasant may have also cut into the available stock for Saturday’s card. The Shelbyville, Ind. track scheduled three quarter horse races on Saturday, starting at 10:15 p.m.. With the smallest of the three purses listed at $17,500, that’s a hard number to turn down.

Despite the cancellation of the live card, Mount Pleasant Meadows will still be open for simulcast wagering, including the Kentucky Derby.

Mount Pleasant Meadows joins Hollywood Park on the list of racetracks to cancel cards this week due to lack of entries. The Inglewood, Calif. racetrack canceled yesterday’s scheduled races when the card failed to draw enough horses earlier this week.


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The Haiku Handicapper: CashCall Futurity Recap

Zayat by daylight
Revenge is fleeting, four strides
Let’s see it on dirt


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The Haiku Handicapper: CashCall Futurity

Another big race
Winter break leaves me with time
Cali, here I come 


#1 – Azul Leon
Early juv darling
Hasn’t shown he can stretch out
Crossroads race this soon?

#2 – J P Jammer
A local prospect
Good efforts, nothing stands out
Not too exciting 

#3 – Hype
Improving turf horse
Distance won’t be a problem
Buy into the hype 

#4 – Axel Foley
Euro stakes winner
Will race with load off his back
Too much left to prove 

#5 – Pioneerof The Nile
New Baffert trainee
Runs the distance in his sleep
Time to prove his class

 #6 – Chocolate Candy
Improved with distance 
Money jock, but a class jump
CashCall’s sleeper pick

#7 – I Want Revenge
Best name in the field
A likely front-end burnout
Would need big effort 

#8 – Ventana
Spanish for “window”
English for “distance issues”
Great works, not today 

#9 – Frumious
Source of early speed
Three straight wins, but in San Fran
Probably outclassed 

#10 – Bittel Road
Turf star tries fake dirt
Great closer, shaky sprinter
Which horse will we see?

#11- Mr. Rod
A former claimer
Early speed will seal his fate
Could last for super 

#12 – Mark S The Cooler
The field’s lone maiden
Really, does this ever work?
Don’t see a win here 


Who answers the call?
Five sends them up the river
Ten if rode well, three

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