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2010 Sire Stakes Preview: Juveniles

Paris Prayer seeks three-for-three in Juvenile Fillies

Paris Prayer will try to lock down her division’s top honors while maintaining her perfect record in Saturday’s $50,000 juvenile fillies division of the Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The six furlong race drew eight two-year-old fillies sired by Michigan-based stallions. Last year’s installment of this division’s Sire Stakes was won by Hustle Now, who went on to be named Michigan’s juvenile filly of the year.

The division’s leader heading into the race is Paris Prayer. The Meadow Prayer filly won Michigan’s lone stakes race for Juvenile fillies so far, the Sept. 18 Sickle’s Image Stakes, in emphatic style by five and a quarter lengths. That race was also her most previous start. Paris Prayer is owned by Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable. James Jackson will give Tommy Molina the leg up in Saturday’s race.

This Cats On Fire will make her first start at Pinnacle following two starts at Mountainer in West Virginia. The Fire Blitz Filly followed up a length and a quarter score in maiden special weight company with an inside trip leading to an unplaced finish in the Aug. 7 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes, her most recent start. Patrick White will saddle This Cats On Fire for owner Lisa Campbell. Ronald Allen, Jr. comes in to take the riding assignment.

Also entered is Carol Rettele’s Ittybittyprayer. The Meadow Prayer filly is still seeking her first victory, but has finished no worse than third in her last four starts, including a third place finish in the Sickle’s Image. She enters the Sire Stakes off another third-place effort in an Oct. 2 maiden special weight race at Pinnacle. Jose Delgado picks up the mount for trainer Richard Rettele.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Evil Secret / F Mata / P L White / 5-1
2. Paris Prayer / T Molina / J R Jackson / 8-5
3. Ittybittyprayer / J J Delgado / R J Rettele / 9-2
4. Harlan Trace / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 12-1
5. Countess Of Music / R Barrios / A Talsma / 15-1
6. Waxies Willie / W P Rini / G R Fiesman / 10-1
7. Equal Reign / A A Marin / L Penner / 20-1
8. This Cats On Fire / R D Allen, Jr. / P L White / 3-1

Evenly matched field in Juvenile Colts & Geldings

A field of two-year-olds with similar resumes will compete for a crucial first stakes victory in Saturday’s juvenile males division of the $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Eight Michigan-sired males will face off in the six furlong race. Hour By Hour claimed the 2009 running of this Sire Stakes race.

Noequal enters the Sire Stakes as one of only two horses in the field with blacktype experience. The gelded son of Equality finished third in the Sept. 19 Patrick Wood Stakes at Pinnacle in his most recent start. He still seeks his first win following the Patrick Wood and a runner-up finish in a Sept. 4 maiden special weight race. Daniel Mccarthy owns Noequal, who is trained by Ronald Allen, Sr.. Federico Mata will be in the saddle for Saturday’s race.

James Griffin’s Buy The Law will make his first stakes try in Saturday’s race. The colt by The Deputy (IRE) enters the Sire Stakes off a two length victory in a Sept. 25 maiden special weight effort after two third place tries, all at Pinnacle. Richard Rettele will give Wade Rini the leg up aboard Buy The Law.

Gainon represents his sire Gainango’s first crop to hit the racetrack. He was also Gainango’s first winner, following a three length triumph in a Sept. 25 maiden special weight race. Robert Gorham trains Gainon for Marion Gorham and will send Jeffrey Skerrett to the post.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Pooling Factor / R D Allen, Jr. / P L White / 15-1
2. Duncan / T Molina / J R Jackson / 4-1
3. Noequal / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 5-2
4. Buy The Law / W P Rini / R J Rettele / 7-2
5. Commanding Factor / R Barrios / D D Waite / 12-1
6. Equal By Design / O Bernal / L Penner / 10-1
7. H H A Quiet Cruise / A O Stanley / D D Waite / 15-1
8. Gainon / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 3-1

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Paris Prayer explodes down stretch in Sickle’s Image Stakes

Paris Prayer established herself as the early leader of Michigan’s two-year-old fillies division with a driving late move down the stretch to win Saturday’s $50,000 Sickle’s Image Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Meadow Prayer filly broke at a leisurely pace as Germs took the early advantage. The leader was quickly overtaken by Evil Secret, with Harlan Trace and Going For More in close pursuit across the backstretch. Evil Secret held a head’s advantage over Going For More as the field entered the final turn. Germs moved back up on the outside to challenge the leaders and exited the bend in front.

Meanwhile, Paris Prayer prepared to complete the execution of a six-wide move from second-to-last to the front. Paris Prayer drew even with Germs at the quarter pole and carried on past that rival under left handed urging by jockey Tommy Molina. She was ridden out to win the Sickle’s Image by 5 1/4 lengths. Germs carried on to finish second, a half length ahead of Ittybittyprayer.

Paris Prayer completed the six furlong race in 1:14.06 over a fast dirt surface. She was the post time favorite in the Sickle’s Image at odds of 2.10-to-one.

Paris Prayer was bred in Michigan by James Arnold, Marcia Arnold and Deb Miley. She was saddled by trainer James Jackson for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Racing Stable LLC.

The Sickle’s Image improved Paris Prayer’s record to a perfect two-for-two, including her first victory in stakes company. Her career earnings now total $37,080.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – Paris Prayer (Tommy Molina) 6.20 / 5.40 / 3.40
5 – Germs (Jose Delgado) 12.80 / 9.00
3 – Ittybittyprayer (Alvaro Hernandez-Lopez) 6.40

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:14.06

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