Trainer Dave Gates will have his work cut out for him in the paddock prior to Sunday’s $20,000 Michigan Bred Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.
Through all the commotion that will be occurring in the full 10-horse paddock, Gates will have to divide his attention between the four entries he will send to post in the 300-yard race for Michigan-bred juveniles.
Gates, along with the race’s other trainers will try to saddle a first-time stakes winner in the Michigan Bred Futurity. The entire field will be making its first start in stakes company on Sunday.
The Gates stable is led by Montis Grand Concept, who owns the biggest win of the field coming into the race. The Monti’s Lad filly enters the Michigan Bred Futurity off a 3/4 length maiden score on June 13 at Mount Pleasant. Gates trains Montis Grand Concept for owner Lawrence Belden. Nate Alcala will have the assignment.
Justa Struttin will be one of the horses sharing the entry with Montis Grand Concept. The Struttin To Beduino gelding prevailed by a neck in a June 13 maiden race at Mount Pleasant in his most recent start. Dave and Shirley Gates own Justa Struttin and Dave Gates will saddle him. He will be ridden by Lee Gates.
The other two parts of the Gates entry are Lil Liza Pain, owned by Cecil Merritt and ridden Amanda Keller, and Who Wants What, owned by R and R Racing Stables Inc. and ridden by Aron Hunt.
Also entered is Carol Rettele charge Ms Easy Corona. The filly by The Corona finished third by a half length to Justa Struttin during her most recent start in a maiden race at Mount Pleasant. Owned by C-Ludlow Farms, Ms Easy Corona will be ridden by Richard Rettele.
#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Montis Grand Concept / N Alcala / D N Gates / 3-5
1A. Lil Liza Pain / A Keller / D N Gates / 3-5
1C. Who Wants What / A Hunt / D N Gates / 3-5
1X. Justa Struttin / L Gates / D N Gates / 3-5
2. Striking Rolla / H Collins / A F Cunningham / 3-1
2B. Out An About / J F Delgado / A F Cunningham / 3-1
2X. Dials Jumpn / J A Beltran / A F Cunningham / 3-1
3. Livinggood / O Delgado / R E Moore / 10-1
4. Achoiceforthecash / R Rettele / C Rettele / 7-1
5. Ms Easy Corona / A Hernandez / C Rettele / 5-1