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Cute Creation cashes at long odds in Michigan Oaks

Cute Creation led at every point of call and broke the bank as the field’s longest priced entry to win Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Oaks at Pinnacle Race Course.

The three-year-old Creative Filly took to the front early and was soon a half length ahead of De La Crem as the field crossed under the wire for the first time. Cute Creation put a full length on De La Crem on the outside heading into the first turn, with Star Sheba not far behind on the rail. Those margins stayed about the same as the field entered the backstretch. The leader slowly crept away from her nearest trailers to an opening half mile time of 48.40 seconds.

Cute Creation entered the final turn about a length and a half ahead of Star Sheba and post time favorite Top Touch. The lead increased to about two lengths coming out of the bend, as Star Sheba took to the rail after racing on the outside of Cute Creation for the last quarter mile. Meanwhile, Hustle Now began her rally from well behind the leaders as the middle of the stretch opened up. Last year’s champion Michigan-bred two-year-old filly mowed down rivals down the stretch, but she could not reach Cute Creation, who won by 4 3/4 lengths under mild urging by jockey Jorge Collazo, Jr..

Hustle Now overcame an awkward start and rallied down the stretch to finish second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Star Sheba. Top Touch veered out badly coming out of the final turn and finished fourth.

Cute Creation completed the mile and one sixteenth race in 1:49.75 over a sloppy dirt surface. She left the gates with the highest odds on the board at 13.90-to-one.

Bred in Michigan by Todd and Carol Weddon, Cute Creation was saddled by Gary Terrien for owner Say Bay Racing, LLC. Cute Creation’s first stakes victory was her second win overall from seven starts. The Michigan Oaks score increased her career earnings to $41,210.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Cute Creation (Jorge Collazo, Jr.) 29.80 / 11.40 / 5.40
1 – Hustle Now (Octavio Bernal) 10.00 / 6.20
2 – Star Sheba (Tommy Molina) 5.00

One Mile and One Sixteenth
Time: 1:49.75

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Top Touch triumphs in Ann Arbor Stakes

Top Touch won Saturday’s $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course with a stalking trip and plenty left in the tank to pull away in the stretch.

The three-year-old Touch Gold filly broke in second and sat on the outside hip of leader Cute Creation as they headed into the clubhouse turn. Run With Rachel headed up the second wave about three lengths behind the front pair. Cute Creation continued to lead across the backstretch and pulled away a bit from Top Touch to lead by a length. Top Touch began to whittle away at the advantage heading into the final turn and came to even terms with the leader at the top of the bend.

The pair traded head bobs thrrough the first half of of the turn, but Top Touch disposed of Cute Creation as they made the turn for home. Top Touch was ahead by three lengths at the top of the stretch and remained unchallenged to the wire on his way to a 5 1/4 length victory under right hand urging from jockey Alexis Ortiz. Run With Rachel continued her even trip for second, followed by Hustle Now.

Top Touch completed the one mile race in 1:42.94 over a fast dirt surface. She was the fourth choice in the Ann Arbor with odds of 4.80-to-one. Post time favorite Fully Exposed passed tired rivals to finish fifth.

Top Touch was homebred in Michigan by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. The Ann Arbor was her third win from seven starts and her second in stakes competition. Her career earnings now total $63,605.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Top Touch (Alexis Ortiz) 11.60 / 5.20 / 5.20
1 – Run with Rachel (Ricardo Barrios) 10.00 / 5.00
4 – Hustle Now (Jose Delgado) 2.80

One Mile
Time: 1:42.94

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Skys Red Roxy tries again in Ann Arbor Stakes

After nearly completing a small upset in the July 10 Regret Stakes, Skys Red Roxy will try to finish the job in Saturday’s $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Syky Red Roxy will face several new foes in the one mile race for three-year-old fillies. Notably missing from the field are Regret winner, Star Sheba, and  the race’s post time favorite Touch Misscrafty. Last year’s Ann Arbor was won by Hakuna Matata.

The eight-horse field in the Ann Arbor will run for a reduced purse from its normal $50,000 on Saturday. For the second straight year, some stakes purses have been reduced to account for the increased cost of regulation from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Skys Red Roxy made a big impact in her first stakes attempt. The Sky Approval filly earned a gaining runner-up finish in the Regret by 3/4 lengths to Star Sheba after chasing her from second around the track. The Regret was her third career start, following wins at Pinnacle and Indiana Downs. Denis Cluley trains Skys Red Roxy for owner Bobbie Kay Cluley. Federico Mata picks up the mount for Saturday’s race.

Defending champion Michigan juvenile filly Hustle Now will return to challenge Skys Red Roxy. The Creative filly secured the year-end honor honor after winning last year’s Michigan Sire Stakes and Sickle’s Image Stakes, both at Pinnacle. She enters the Ann Arbor off an unplaced finish in the Regret. Owned by Sheffield Farm and trained by Larry Uelmen, Hustle Now will be ridden by Jose Delgado.

Following a third place finish in the Regret, Fully Exposed took her talents to West Virginia for a July 27 allowance race at Mountaineer. The Creative filly closed from last to finish fourth in that race. Tommy Molina will have the mount for owner Sharon Valley Thoroughbred Farm and trainer James Jackson.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Run With Rachel / R Barrios / L Penner / 10-1
2. Cute Creation / O Bernal / G E Terrien / 12-1
3. Skys Red Roxy / F Mata / D Cluley / 5-1
4. Hustle Now / J J Delgado / L R Uelmen / 5-2
5. Top Touch / A Ortiz / S M Adkins / 9-2
6. Fortune In Gold / No Rider / L R Uelmen / 15-1
7. Fully Exposed / T Molina / J R Jackson / 7-2
8. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 8-1

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Hustle Now returns in Regret Stakes

Hustle Now, Michigan’s juvenile filly of the year in 2009, will make her first start on the road to earning top honors as a sophomore in Saturday’s $50,000 Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

A full field of 12 will square off in the six furlong race for Michigan-bred three-year-old fillies. Last year’s installment was won by Peak Of The Storm.

The Regret will be Hustle Now’s first start since her emphatic 5 1/2-length victory in the juvenile fillies division of last October’s Sire Stakes at Pinnacle. The Creative filly ended her 2009 campaign with three straight wins, including consecutive scores in the Sire Stakes and the Sickle’s Image Stakes. J.J. Delgado picks up the assignment from jockey Angel Stanley, who moved his tack to Suffolk Downs this summer. Larry Uelmen trains Hustle Now for owner Sheffeld Farms.

During her most recent meeting with Hustle Now in last September’s Sickle’s Image, Top Touch battled down the stretch with her rival, but was outfinished. The Touch Gold filly recovered well, winning her next start in last October’s Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle. Top Touch enters the Regret off an unplaced finish in a July 2 optional claiming event at Thistledown. Sandra Adkins trains Top Touch for owner Charlie J. Williams, LLC. Alexis Ortiz will have the mount.

Also entered is Denis Cluley trainee Skys Red Roxy. The Sky Approval filly is undefeated in two career starts at Indiana Downs and Pinnacle by a combined 10 1/2 lengths. Her most recent victory was a three length score in a June 6 allowance race at Pinnacle. Regular rider Diego Rodriguez retains the mount for owner Bobbie Kay Cluley.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Fully Exposed / T Molina / J R Jackson / 12-1
2. Cute Creation / J R Martinez, Jr. / G E Terrien / 15-1
3. Maximimi / A A Marin / R M Gorham / 20-1
4. Skys Red Roxy / D Rodriguez / D Cluley / 10-1
5. Electric Venus / R Barrios / R R Russell / 15-1
6. Star Sheba / O Bernal / J R Jackson / 8-1
7. Hustle Now / J J Delgado / L R Uelmen / 2-1
8. Top Touch / A Ortiz / S M Adkins / 5-1
9. Shes A Blitz / J Cruz / P L White / 20-1
10. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 9-2
11. News / M Allen / G S Bennett / 15-1
12. Touch Misscrafty / F Mata / P L White / 4-1

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Mata wins three in Michigan Sire Stakes

The following Sire Stakes recaps are presented without shots of the winning horse and rider courtesy of Sunlight Photography, Pinnacle’s track photographers who threatened to have my camera taken away if I photographed anything except the races themselves, which I was “allowed” to do. All of this happened despite having obtained a media photo credential from track management.

But enough about my day, let’s talk about some races…

Bipolar Express wins stretch battle in Classic
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Bipolar Express (4) duels to the wire with Demagoguery (7) and Hot Chili (1, inside) to win the Michigan Sires Classic at Pinnacle Race Course.

The streak is dead. Long live the streak.

After four years of Sire Stakes consistency by Meadow Vespers, Bipolar Express began a run of his own by winning his second straight October Classic race in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sires Classic at Pinnacle Race Course.

The four-year-old Equality gelding broke with the front pack and battled for the early lead with Hot Chili and Mt. Factor before cooling off and taking a stalking position as the field headed into the first turn. Hot Chili dueled from the rail with Mt. Factor, who maintained a small advantage through the turn and across the first half of the backstretch. Bipolar Express sat two lengths behind the lead duo and began to make his move to on the outside with about five furlongs to go.

Bipolar Express gained the advantage heading into the final turn as Mt. Factor began to fall off the pace. As Bipolar Express and Hot Chili battled into the stretch, Demegoguery also began to gain ground. The lead pair traded bobs of the head throughout the stretch with Demagogurey chipping away on the outside. In the final strides, Bipolar Express put a head in front to prevail under jockey T.D. Houghton. Hot Chili finished a neck ahead of Demagoguery  for the runner-up money.

Bipolar Express stopped the clock in the 1 1/8 mile race with a time of 1:54.21 on a fast track. He left the gates as the second choice of 1.60-to-one. Post time favorite Meadow Vespers had his usual ground saving trip, but came up empty in the stretch.

Bred in Michigan by Gene and Phyllis Gilmore, Bipolar Express is owned by Winning Stables, Inc. and trained by Gerald Bennett. The Sire Stakes victory completes a successful re-claim by Bennett, who lost Bipolar Express to trainer Scott Lake for a $25,000 tag two races ago at Presque Isle Downs. Bennett claimed his charge back in the next race for $35,000

With the win, Bipolar Express improved his career record to seven wins from 27 starts. The race was also his second stakes win, after winning last year’s three-year-old Sire Stakes at Pinnacle. His career earnings now total $209,069.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Bipolar Express (T.D. Houghton) 5.20 / 3.60 / 3.20
1 – Hot Chili (Federico Mata) 6.80 / 5.60
7 – Demagoguery (Godofredo Laurente) 5.60

1 1/8 Miles
Time: 1:54.21

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Sire Stakes Preview: Juveniles

Prince of Paulie goes for consecutive stakes wins in Juvenile Colts & Geldings division

Prince of Paulie heads up a field of **** in the juvenile males division of the Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Prince of Paulie heads up a field of ten in the juvenile males division of the Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

After his victory in the Sep. 12 Patrick Wood Stakes, Prince of Paulie established himself as the leader of Michigan’s juvenile male division.

On Saturday, Prince of Paulie will face a new set of challengers to his title in the $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes, a six furlong race for two-year-old colts and geldings at Pinnacle Race Course.

Prince of Paulie set the bar for the state’s two-year-old males with his one length victory in the Patrick Wood, his most recent start. The Meadow Prayer gelding has won two of his three career starts, all at Pinnacle. J.J. Delgado will ride Prince of Paulie for owner J Mack Enterprise Inc. and trainer Richard Rettele.

The late moving runner-up in the Patrick Wood, Power of Titus, will return for another shot at Prince of Paulie in the Sire Stakes. The Secret Romeo colt took the rail from seven lengths back to finish a length behind the winner in his most recent start. Power of Titus is owned and trained by Del Waite and will be ridden by Alexis Ortiz.

The entrant with the most stakes experience is Kid Kearny Gabe. The West Virginia-bred by The Deputy (Ire) finished second in the Aug. 1 Mountaineer Juvenile at Mountaineer. He enters the Sire Stakes off a sixth place finish in the Aug. 22 Henry P. Mercer Memorial Stakes at Charles Town Races and Slots. Kid Kearny Gabe is owned by Joseph Testa and trained by Ollie Figgins III. Regular rider Joel Hiraldo will have the mount on Saturday.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Quick Carnage / J Skerrett / J R Jackson / 12-1
2. Meadow Magic / T D Houghton / J R Jackson / 10-1
3. Power of Titus / A Ortiz / D D Waite / 6-1
4. Prince of Paulie / J J Delgado / R J Rettele / 2-1
5. Blazin Factor / R L Knott / R P Inman / 12-1
6. Kid Kearny Gabe / J Hiraldo / O L Figgins III / 3-1
7. Electric Island / G Laurente / R M Gorham / 20-1
8. Hour By Hour / F Mata / J R Jackson / 8-1
9. Bentley Red / A O Stanley / D Cluley / 20-1
10. Kid Klare / A A Marin / D R Barron / 20-1

Hustle Now headlines Juvenile Fillies division

Hustle Now brings the field's only stakes win into the Juvenile Fillies' Sire Stakes.

Hustle Now brings the field's lone stakes win into the Juvenile Fillies' Sire Stakes.

Michigan’s two-year-old fillies division began to sort itself out when Hustle Now outdueled Top Touch in the Sep. 12 Sickle’s Image Stakes.

The division will take another step toward deciding its top runners in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

Hustle Now enters the six furlong Sire Stakes off her 1 1/4 length victory in the Sickle’s Image. The Creative filly brings a two race winning streak into the Sire Stakes, as well as its only stakes victory. Angel Stanley will have the mount aboard Hustle Now for owner Sheffield Farms an trainer Larry Uelmen.

Creative Lite finished third in the Sickle’s Image, well behind the race’s top two finishers. The Creative filly is still a maiden, but hitting the board in the Sickle’s Image gives Creative Lite the second most successful stakes resume in the field. Creative Lite is owned by Sharon Valley Thoroughbreds and trained by James Jackson. Alexis Oritz will be in the saddle.

Also entered is maiden winner De La Crem. The Island Storm filly enters the race off a Sep. 8 maiden special weight victory at Pinnacle after multiple seconds and thirds against the upper echelon of the division. De La Crem is trained by Bob Gorham for owner Mast Throughbreds LLC. Jeffrey Skerrett will have the assignment for Saturday’s race.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Blitz It Again / No Rider / R D Allen, Sr. / 30-1
2. Hustle Now / A O Stanley / L R Uelmen / 8-5
3. Q Ginger Snap / T D Houghton / S M Adkins / 6-1
4. Fortune In Gold / J J Delgado / D Kueffner / 10-1
5. Q Elegant Storm / W Barnett / J T White / 9-2
6. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 4-1
7. Tramore Bay / G Laurente / J R Jackson / 30-1
8. Rulers Elusive / A A Marin / J R Jackson / 15-1
9. Creative Lite / A Ortiz / J R Jackson / 8-1
10. Shes A Blitz / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 20-1

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Bubble Watch

Will Meadow Wise be Michigan's THoroughbred of the Year in 2009? He's as live as any.

Will Meadow Wise be Michigan's Thoroughbred of the Year in 2009? He's as live as any.

The Sire Stakes has a way of sorting things out when it comes to year-end awards.

In 2008, the winners of the marquee race’s six divisions accounted for all seven of the Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s awards (one for each division and horse of the year) and six of the seven awards from Pinnacle Race Course, as decided by the track’s announcer, Matt Hook. Though the purses for this year’s installment will likely be no higher than the average stakes prize of $50,000, the races will no doubt still hold a special weight with voters.

With the Sire Stakes a week away, most of the division honors are still very much up for grabs. This Saturday will give the horses on the bubble a chance for a statement win to pad their resume.

With that in mind, let us take a look at each of the divisions and see who is in the driver’s seat heading into the Sire Stakes, who has some work to do, and who is grasping at straws.

In my forecasting of the divisions and their awards, I operated under the assumption that the Pinnacle awards are based solely on performance at the Detroit racetrack, while the MTOBA awards took into consideration the entire campaign of Michigan-breds in and out-of-state. If I am wrong in my assumptions don’t hesitate to correct me.

While reading these projections, keep in mind this analysis is strictly the opinion of this blogger. The views, rankings and projections do not necessarily represent those of the people actually deciding the year-end awards. These predictions are based on the horses’ projected paths through the end of the Pinnacle meet. If one of these horses goes crazy and takes down a graded race in Kentucky or something along those lines, these predictions will obviously change.

Now touch gloves and fight clean…

Two-Year-Old Male: With only one of the three stakes races for juvenile males complete, Prince of Paulie is the clubhouse leader by virtue of his win in the Sep. 12 Patrick Wood Stakes. Finishing first in either the Sire Stakes or the Michigan Futurity ought to be enough for the Meadow Prayer gelding to lock the award down with both groups. The horse with best chance of moving up should Prince of Paulie falter could be the runner-up in the Patrick Wood, Power of Titus. A win in the Sire Stakes would go a long way in grabbing the voters’ attention, especially if Prince of Paulie finishes off the board. The two-year-old season is just getting started in Michigan, so much is left to shake out.

Two-Year-Old Female: Similar to their male counterparts, Hustle Now holds the top spot in both jurisdictions on the strength of her victory in the Sep. 12 Sickle’s Image Stakes, the division’s only blacktype race to date. One more stakes win would give her two out of three, which ought to be enough. Second place finisher Top Touch showed a lot of grit during her stretch battle with Hustle Now in the Sickle’s Image. However she will be hard-pressed to shake her rival from her post because Top Touch is not eligible for the Sire Stakes. Her sire, Touch Gold, stands in Kentucky. A win in the Michigan Juvenile Fillies and some help might get the job done, though. All things considered, it is much too soon to declare solid favorites in this division. The picture for both juvenile classes will be much clearer after the Sire Stakes.

Three-Year-Old Male: Meadow Wise has shown up to every dance and has yet to turn in a clunker. A finish in the top two next Saturday will put him in the driver’s seat for year-end honors. Juggle and Perfect Start both have stakes wins to their credit, but would need a win in their next race (and for Juggle, probably some help) to overthrow Meadow Wise in either poll. Perfect Start’s out-of-state sire will likely keep him out of the discussion for the Pinnacle honors because he can not compete in the Sire Stakes. However, the Jump Start colt could have a date elsewhere on Sire Stakes day, as he is nominated for the Oct. 3 Ohio Derby (G2) at Thistledown. Regardless of what Meadow Wise does at Pinnacle, a graded stakes win might be enough to persuade MTOBA’s voters.

Three-Year-Old Female: This division has been a game of musical chairs between Moon Charmer, Hakuna Matata, and Baba Booyah. Each has finished in the top three in the last two sophomore filly stakes races and the orders have been shuffled each time, once even further by a disqualification. Heading into the Sire Stakes though, Moon Charmer holds the upper hand based on her win against older company, including 2008 Horse of the Year Valley Loot, in the Sep. 12 Farer Belle Lee Handicap. That win will need to leave a lasting impression, because the Indian Charlie filly will not be eligible for the Sire Stakes. Her two rivals need to win the Sire Stakes by a serious margin to offset a win against older company. A second place finish or worse by Hakuna Matata or Baba Booyah will likely dash their hopes for the sophomore filly honors.

Older Male: Meadow Vespers controls his own destiny in this division. A fifth straight Sire Stakes win, or maybe even a strong second or third, will clinch the older male title in both jurisdictions. His closest rivals, All I Can Get and Fiery Lake, will not be in the gates for next Saturday’s race and have not shown enough this year to pass the defending champion, which works even further to Meadow Vespers’ advantage. If Meadow Vespers should come up empty in the Sire Stakes, a dominant victory (at least five lengths and visually impressive) could vault perennial runners-up Hot Chili or Demagoguery into the discussion, but they would both face an uphill battle.

Older Female: Valley Loot has had a pretty good year by most standards, with a stakes win at Mountaineer and a third place finish in a $100,000 race at Presque Isle Downs. She just hasn’t done much winning at Pinnacle. Still, a first place finish on Saturday would clinch the MTOBA award and give her the inside track in the Pinnacle race. Having the name recognition as the defending Horse of the year doesn’t hurt either. Yawm Estoora is the only horse on the grounds to have won two stakes races at Pinnacle this year, but her disappointing performance in the Farer Belle Lee and ineligibility in the Sire Stakes leaves her closing argument lacking. Her resume may be strong enough to win the Pinnacle award though, especially if Valley Loot runs poorly or skips the Sire Stakes for greener pastures.

Horse of the Year: If Meadow Wise wins his Sire Stakes race, he’ll hold all the cards for Horse of the Year in both polls. No one else will have run as consistently and successfully at Pinnacle throughout the meet. If he has an off day, the door is open for Meadow Vespers and Valley Loot, assuming they win their division’s races. Meadow Vespers would likely hold the advantage in the Pinnacle poll because he already has a stakes win at the track under his belt. Valley Loot’s complete body of work in 2009 would probably give her an advantage in the MTOBA awards. The wild card in this equation is Perfect Start. Michigan does not get too many graded stakes winners, so if he pulls the upset in the Ohio Derby, all bets are off, at least for the MTOBA award.

Those are my thoughts. Who do you think sits at the head of the class going into the Sire Stakes? Who has some work left to do? I invite your discussion on Michigan’s six divisions and Horse of the Year honors.

Look for previews of the Sire Stakes races throughout the upcoming week.

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Juvenile favorites hold, veterans upset in Michigan Breeders Championships

Hustle Now hustles in the stretch to win Sickle’s Image Stakes

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Hustle Now (7) pulls away from Top Touch (1) to prevail in the Sickle’s Image Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Hustle Now took charge at the top of the stretch and held off the begrudging early leader to take Saturday’s $50,000 Sickle’s Image Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The two-year-old Creative filly watched from third on the outside hip of Q Ginger Snap as Top Touch shot to the lead from the inside post. Top Touch held a 1 1/4 length advantage after the first quarter mile as Hustle Now moved into contention. That advantage was whittled down to a half length as the lead duo entered the turn. Hustle Now continued to close the gap on the outside and entered the stretch with a head in front.

Top Touch refused to waver after being passed and continued to pressure the leader throughout the stretch, but she could not regain her advantage. Hustle Now began to separate from her rival in the final furlong and crossed the finish 1 1/4 lengths in front under a right hand whip by Angel Stanley. Creative Lite turned in a ground saving third place effort 5 1/2 lengths behind Top Touch.

Hustle Now completed the six furlong race in 1:14.13 over a fast surface. She was the second choice at two-to-one behind post time favorite Top Touch.

Homebred in Michigan by Sheffield Farms, Hustle Now is conditioned by Larry Uelmen. Hustle Now improved her career record to two wins from three starts. The Farer Belle Lee was Hustle Now’s first stakes victory. Her career earnings now total $40,208.

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7 – Hustle Now (Angel Stanley) 6.00 / 3.40 / 3.60
1 – Top Touch (Federico Mata) 3.80 / 3.40
2  – Creative Lite (Alexis Ortiz) 5.20

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:14.13

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Your winner, Hustle Now; Angel Stanley, up.

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Michigan Breeders’ Championships Preview: Juveniles

Pinnacle Race Course hosts a big day of racing this Saturday, featuring four stakes races for the juvenile and older male and female divisions. This post will examine the days two-year-old contests, while the next one will break down the more experienced competitors.

Hustle Now leads Sickle’s Image Stakes field

Michigan’s two-year-old fillies will get their first chance to earn some blacktype in Saturday’s $50,000 Sickle’s Image Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Five of the eight horses in the Sickle’s Image enter the six furlong race with a win under their belt. Among the winners, Hustle Now registered the highest Beyer Speed Figure in her maiden victory, earning a 47. The Creative Filly tallied the number in her most recent start, a five furlong Aug. 25 maiden special weight event at Pinnacle, where she prevailed by 3 1/2 lengths. Hustle Now is trained by Larry Uelmen for owner Sheffield Farms. Regular rider Angel Stanley will be in the irons.

Top Touch earned her first victory in a 4 1/2 furlong maiden special weight contest on July 28 at Pinnacle. The Touch Gold filly out-dueled her rivals in that effort and finished two lengths ahead at the wire. Top Touch is owned by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. Federico Mata will have the mount on Saturday.

Also entered is Fortune in Gold, whose maiden victory came in a five furlong Aug. 11 maiden special weight race at Pinnacle. In that race, Fortune in Gold led at every point of call on her way to a driving two length win. JJ Delgado will ride Fortune in Gold for owner Steve Prain and trainer Dave Kueffner.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Top Touch / F Mata / S M Adkins / 2-1
2. Creative Life / A Ortiz / J R Jackson / 6-1
3. Beija Fleur / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 8-1
4. Run With Rachel / A A Marin / R J Rettele / 15-1
5. Q Ginger Snap / R Barrios / S M Adkins / 10-1
6. Fortune in Gold / J J Delgado / D Kueffner / 4-1
7. Hustle Now / A O Stanley / L R Uelmen / 5-2
8. Q Elegant Storm / G Laurente / J T White / 20-1

Prince of Paulie headlines Patrick Wood Stakes

Though all but one of the ten horses entered in the $50,000 Patrick Wood Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course have found the winner’s circle, none have had the opportunity to take their game to the next level and earn a stakes victory. That will change this Saturday when a full field enters the gates for the six furlong contest.

Prince of Paulie enters the Patrick Wood coming off the widest margin of victory in the field. The Meadow Prayer gelding shot to the lead in a 4 1/2 furlong maiden special weight race at Pinnacle on Aug. 4 and extended to a driving 6 1/4 length triumph. JJ Delgado will ride Prince of Paulie for owner John Mack and trainer Richard Rettele.

Power of Titus broke his maiden in a convincing fashion as well, having taken a July 21 maiden special race at Pinnacle by 3 1/4 lengths. The Secret Romeo colt enters the race off a fifth place finish in an Aug. 25 allowance race at Mountaineer. Power of Titus is owned and trained by Del Waite and will be ridden by Rick Knott.

Hour By Hour is one of three horses in the field to enter the Patrick Wood off a single start, all of whom were winners. The Elusive Hour colt got his maiden win out of the way quickly in a June 23 special weight event, which he won by 3/4 lengths. Hour by Hour is trained by James Jackson for owner Valerie Irvine. Angel Stanley picks up the mount.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Sahmmy Falls / F Mata / S M Spiess / 15-1
2. Prince of Paulie / J J Delgado / R J Rettele / 7-2
3. Meadow Magic / A A Marin / J R Jackson / 8-1
4. Hour by Hour / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 6-1
5. Bentley Red / G Lagunes / D Cluley / 12-1
6. Power of Titus / R L Knott / D D Waite / 3-1
7. Call the Natives / L Frazzitta, Jr. / M A Barron / 10-1
8.Sunny Stripe / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 12-1
9. Ready to Tango / R Barrios / L R Uelmen / 9-2
10. Dream Victory / A Ortiz / J R Jackson / 15-1

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