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Catch Me Ridin Dirty wires field in Independence Open

Catch Me Ridin Dirty - Nate Alcala 19@
Catch Me Ridin Dirty and jockey Nate Alcala come down the stretch to win the Independence Open at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

After a storm blew through the area earlier in the card and turned the racing surface into a mud pit, Catch Me Ridin Dirty stayed tight to the dry rail and led at every call to win Sunday’s $6,500 Independence Open at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The four-year-old Aransas HF gelding was forwardly placed coming out of the gate, with Double Djeopardy and RFR Silver Crescent flanking him on both sides. Catch Me Ridin Dirty and Double Djeopardy quickly distanced themselves about three lengths from the rest of the pack and dueled for the lead heading onto the main track. As the field crossed the wire for the first time, Catch Me Ridin Dirty overtook his rival and moved over to the rail. He held a length and a half advantage over Zanthus Fury, who had come into contention on the outside, heading into the clubhouse turn.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty held a comfortable two-length cushion across the backstretch as Zanthus Fury and Double Djeopardy battled for position behind him. A well-urged Double Djeopardy inched closer to the leader coming out of the final turn, but the Catch Me Ridin Dirty repelled the challenge and was hand-ridden to the wire by jockey Nate Alcala on his way to a 3 3/4 length victory. Double Djeopardy finished two lengths ahead of Zanthus Fury for second place.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty completed the six furlong race in 1:26.58 over a fast dirt surface. He went off as the 0.90-to-one post time favorite.

Homebred in Michigan and trained by Nicole Holst, Catch Me Ridin Dirty improved his career record to seven wins from nine starts, and a perfect two-for-two in stakes company. His effort in the Independence Open increased his earnings to $17,384.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

3 – Catch Me Ridin Dirty (Nate Alcala) 3.80 / / 2.10
2 – Double Djeopardy (Oscar Delgado) 2.10 / 2.10
5 – Zanthus Fury (Juan Delgado) 2.10

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:26.58

Catch Me Ridin Dirty - Nate Alcala 6
Your winner, Catch Me Ridin Dirty; Nate Alcala, up.

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Catch Me Ridin Dirty the chalk in Independence Open

Catch Me Ridin Dirty will try for his second career stakes victory in the Independence Open at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

After a 2009 season capped off by a Darley Award nomination as one of the nation’s top three-year-old Arabian males, Catch Me Ridin Dirty will return to stakes action in Sunday’s $6,500 Independence Open at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The six furlong race for Arabian colts and geldings, three years old and up is the first stakes challenge of the year for Mount Pleasant’s Arabian males.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty collected a pile of accolades last year, including Michigan’s Association of Racing Arabian Breeders Horse of the Year title. The highlight of the four-year-old Aransas HF gelding’s season came in a 12 1/2-length romp in last September Michigan Juvenile Stakes at Mount Pleasant. He enters the Independence off third place finish in a June 27 allowance race at the same track. Regular rider Nate Alcala retains the riding assignment for owner and trainer Nicole Holst.

In his two career defeats, the one horse who has had Catch Me Ridin Dirty’s number is Zanthus Fury. The five-year-old Haffir El Rimal gelding has been the victor in both of those races, most recently in his last start in the same June 27 allowance. Trainer Mario Fritz will saddle Zanthus Fury for owner Tom Fritz. Juan Delgado will be in the irons on Sunday.

The Fritz duo will also send Vagas to the track in the Independence. The five-year-old Haffir El Rimal gelding was a late-moving runner-up in last year’s Arabian Racing Cup Midwest Maturity Open at Mount Pleasant. He enters the race off an unplaced finish in the previously mentioned June 27 allowance race. Vagas will be ridden by Jose Beltran.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Vagas / J A Beltran / M Fritz / 6-1
2. Double Djeopardy / O Delgado / N Holst / 4-1
3. Catch Me Ridin Dirty / N Alcala / N Holst / 7-5
4. RFR Silver Crescent / A Keller / P Fullerton / 8-1
5. Zanthus Fury / J F Delgado / M Fritz / 2-1

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