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Meadow Wise wins older males Sire Stakes

Meadow Wise staked his claim to Michigan’s older male of the year title with a dominant victory in his division of Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The four-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding angled in at the start, but quickly corrected his course and shot to the front. He was soon passed by Hot Chili on the outside, followed closely by Red Bow Tie as they headed down the stretch. The trio came back to even terms heading into the first turn and became a duo when Hot Chili and Meadow Wise sped off to battle their way into the backstretch. Hot Chili led by a half length over Meadow Wise as they made their way past the barns with Red Bow Tie and Romeo Again less than a length behind him. As they made their way into the final turn, Hot Chili was swallowed up by Meadow Wise on the rail and Romeo Again on the outside.

The lead pair of Meadow Wise and Romeo Again battled neck-and-neck throughout the turn, with Hot Chili trying to regain position three wide. Meadow Wise emerged at the top of the stretch with a length and a half lead and ran down the shadow of the rail to win by 3 1/4 lengths under jockey Angel Stanley. Romeo Again battled Hot Chili for second place, and finished a length ahead of his foe.

Meadow Wise completed the mile and one eighth race in 1:54.76 on fast dirt. He left the gates as the favorite among the betting public at odds of 1.50-to-one.

Meadow Wise was bred in Michigan by James Arnold, Marcia Arnold and Deb Miley. He is owned by Mast Thoroughbreds LLC and trained by Robert Gorham. With the win, his second in stakes competition, Meadow Wise improved his lifetime record to six wins from 20 starts for earnings of $139,296.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

1 – Meadow Wise (Angel Stalney) 5.00 / 3.40 / 3.40
5 – Romeo Again (Federico Mata) 2.80 / 2.40
7 – Hot Chili (Ricardo Barrios) 4.20

One Mile and One Eighth
Time: 1:54.76

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Meadow Vespers closes from way back to win Michigan Breeders’ Cup Handicap

Meadow Vespers executed his signature ground saving trip and screaming stretch drive to prevail in Saturday’s $20,000 Michigan Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course by a half length.

The seven-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding broke without urgency as All I Can Get and Hot Chili dueled for the early lead heading into the first turn. All I Can Get pulled clear of his foes across the backstretch as Meadow Vespers sat as far back as 14 1/2 lengths behind in last. The leader was pressured heading into the final turn by Fiery Lake, Hooched Express and Hot Chili as Meadow Vespers began to mount his charge.

About two lengths separated All I Can Get and Meadow Vespers at the top of the stretch, with the latter staging a rally five wide as Hot Chili came into contention on the rail. The three battled down the stretch, but Meadow Vespers’ momentum carried him across the wire first, a half length ahead of All I Can Get. Hot Chili finished a length behind All I Can Get to take the third place money.

Meadow Vespers completed the mile and one sixteenth race in 1:47.03 under regular jockey Ivan Gonzalez on a fast surface.

Meadow Vespers is owned by J Mack Enterprise Inc. and trained by Richard Rettele. He was bred in Michigan by James Arnold, Marcia Arnold and Deborah Miley. The Michigan Breeders’ Cup win improved Meadow Vespers’ career record to 13 wins from 32 starts, including five stakes victories. His career earnings increased to $465,368.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – Meadow Vespers (Ivan Gonzalez) 5.60 / 5.20 / 2.80
3 – All I Can Get (Jareth Loveberry) 10.20 / 4.40
2 – Hot Chili (Alexis Ortiz) 5.20

1 1/16 Miles
Time:  1:47.03

Your winner, Meadow Vespers; Ivan Gonzalez, up. (Photo from a previous race)

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Fiery Lake looks to continue fortunes in Michigan Breeders’ Cup Handicap

Hot Chili will look to get back on the winning track in Saturday's Michigan Breeders' Cup Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

Hot Chili will try to get back on the winning track in Saturday's Michigan Breeders' Cup Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

The last time Michigan’s top older males met, in the July 4 Wolverine Stakes, Fiery Lake drew off in the stretch for an upset victory.

This Saturday, Fiery Lake will be the one with the target on his back, as he goes for a second stakes victory in the $20,000 Michigan Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

Fiery Lake notched his first career stakes win in the Wolverine, staying near the lead and driving to the wire to win by four lengths at odds of 17.60-to-one. The four-year-old Devil His Due gelding enters Saturday’s race off a July 30 front-running effort at Presque Isle Downs, where he was nipped at the wire to finish second by a nose. J.J. Delgado will ride Fiery Lake for owner Samaron Stable and trainer Evelyn Griffin.

Defending older male of the year Meadow Vespers will be the race’s heavyweight, carrying 122 pounds. The four-time Sire Stakes winner closed from a double digit deficit to finish third in the Wolverine behind Fiery Lake and second-place Demagoguery, who is not entered in Saturday’s race. The seven-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding returns to Michigan following a successful road trip to Thistledown, where he won a July 30 optional claimer. Richard Rettele trains Meadow Vespers for owner J Mack Enterprise Inc.. Regular rider Ivan Gonzalez retains the assignment.

After finishing with at least a share of his crop’s top honors during his two and three-year-old campaigns, Hot Chili has had a rough go of his fourth year so far. The Daylight Savings gelding’s best finish of 2009 has been a third place effort in a June 6 optional claimer at Pinnacle following two stakes attempts at Mountaineer. He enters this race after finishing off the board in the Wolverine. Hot Chili is owned by Sharon Valley Thoroughbreds and trained by James Jackson. Alexis Ortiz will have the mount.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Bishop Casey / J Skerret / R M Gorham / 5-1
1A. My First Buck / F Mata / R M Gorham / 5-1
2. Hot Chili / A Ortiz / J R Jackson / 6-1
3. All I Can Get / J Loveberry / G S Bennett / 8-1
4. Fiery Lake / J J Delgado / E Griffin / 5-2
5. Rhythm In Motion / No Rider / R M Gorham / 20-1
6. Hooched Express / G Laurente / C Dorris / 15-1
7. Meadow Vespers / I R Gonzalez / R Rettele / 8-5

In other Michigan stakes news, keep an eye out Saturday night as one of Michigan’s top Quarter Horses, Senorita Tres, heads to Prairie Meadows to contest the Bank of America Central Championship Challenge (G2). At morning line odds of 5-1, the gray filly will face one of her toughest challenges to date, but she ought to go off at a generous price and she is no stranger to out-of-state travel for big races. Be sure to catch the race if possible.

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Valley Loot named Pinnacle’s top Thoroughbred

Jockey Mike Allen twirls his whip in victory after Pinnacle Horse of the Meet Valley Loot's Sire Stakes victory.

Jockey Mike Allen twirls his whip in victory after Pinnacle Horse of the Meet Valley Loot's Sire Stakes win.

Winning is nothing new to Valley Loot.

The four-year-old Demaloot Demashoot filly has done little else but finish first in her career, winning Sire Stakes races in two straight years and tallying up eight other stakes victories at Pinnacle Race Course and Great Lakes Downs.

All that success led to plenty of honors, including 2007 Michigan Horse of the year. Valley Loot added yet another trophy to her case on Saturday after winning the inaugural Horse of the Meet title at Pinnacle Race Course.

Pretty much all of the information in this post comes from the Daily Racing Form website. To see the original story by C.A. Shoemaker, click here.

If you are still here, I will go on…

The awards were presented in the Pinnacle Pavilion following last Saturday’s card. Track announcer Matt Hook selected the winners in each division, as well as leading owner, trainer, jockey and claiming horse.

While many of winners were fairly predictable, there were a few that could be open to debate, namely the three-year-old male division. However, considering that the awards were based solely on performance at the New Boston racetrack, not on the individual’s complete body of work, .

With that in mind, let us take a look at this year’s winners…
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