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Meadow Magic named MTOBA’s 2010 Horse of the Year

The connections of Michigan Horse of the Year Meadow Magic celebrate their victory with MTOBA president Patti Dickinson.

Meadow Magic took his place among Michigan’s elite after earning Horse of the Year honors at Sunday’s Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association year-end awards dinner.

The three-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding punched his ticket on the strength of his wins in this year’s Dowling Stakes and Michigan Sire Stakes, along with finishes on the board in the Mackinac Handicap and Lansing Stakes, all at Pinnacle Race Course. He was the only horse to win multiple stakes races during Pinnacle’s 2010 meet.

Meadow Magic is owned by Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable, the nom de race of George and Chrissy Kutlenios. He resides in the barn of trainer James Jackson. Those connections celebrated another award earlier in afternoon when Paris Prayer was named champion two-year-old filly.

Arnold Farm, perennially successful at the year-end awards, had another strong showing in 2010. The Hillsdale Mich. farm accounted for four trophies on the afternoon, including Breeder of the Year. Co-Stallion of the Year Meadow Prayer, who stood at Arnold Farm, sired the most award-winners in 2010, with three divisional champions, as well as the horse of the year.

Also taking home their fair share of awards was Owner of the Year Mast Thoroughbreds, who earned honors in both older horse divisions.

On a personal note, I took home my usual awesome haul in the silent auction. I came home with box seats and a dinner package from Arlington Park (got this last year and it was awesome), a gift basket from Hoosier Park and an American Racing Manual from 1972.

As one of the people who helped broker donations for the silent auction, I would like to personally thank Arabian Finish Line Magazine, Midwest Thoroughbred Magazine, Hoosier Park, ThoroFan and Hello Race Fans for their generosity. Others who donated include publications Thoroughbred Times, Blood Horse and Daily Racing Form; information services Equineline and BRISNet; racing organizations Breeders’ Cup and NTRA; stallion farms Adena Springs, Darley America, Hill ‘n Dale Farm and Winstar Farm; and many more, including contributions by several MTOBA members.

One final note related to the silent auction – The Zenyatta Breyer Christmas ornament is easily the Tickle-Me-Elmo of the 2010 holiday season. Its combination of low supply, high demand and the white-hot popularity of its subject make it a coveted item. There was one offered in the silent auction, and it did not take long for it to surpass its Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. For those that seek it, I can only wish them good luck on their journey.

For a list of all the nominees and winners from the 2010 MTOBA year-end awards, click the link below.

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Meadow Magic rallies in three-year-old males Sire Stakes

Meadow Magic became the first horse to win multiple stakes races during Pinnacle Race Course’s 2010 meet in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes for three-year-old colts and geldings.

The Meadow Prayer gelding broke from the outside gate and ran in fourth behind leader Secrets Only as the field made its first pass by the finish line. Secrets Only ran well off the rail heading into the first turn with a length advantage over Prince Of Paulie. The leader continued to stay off the rail and added an additional half length to his lead heading into the backstretch. Prince of Paulie continued to chase the leader across the straightaway, two lengths ahead of Meadow Magic in third. Secrets Only entered the final turn two lengths in front.

The margins remained unchanged at the top of the stretch, but the pack began to reel in the leader as they passed the eighth pole. Meadow Magic assumed the lead on the outside with Prince Of Paulie coming along between the leader and a fading Secrets Only. Under steady urging from jockey Tommy Molina, Meadow Magic crossed the finish line for a 3 1/2 length victory. A late-moving Power Of Titus edged out Prince Of Paulie by a head for the runner-up spot.

Meadow Magic crossed the wire in the mile and one sixteenth race in 1:48.92 over a fast dirt surface. He was the field’s second choice at 1.50-to-0ne.

A Michigan-bred from the farm of Marilyn McMaster, Meadow Magic was sent to the post by trainer James Jackson for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stables LLC. The Sire Stakes was his fourth win from eleven starts and his second stakes score. With the win, his career earnings now total $85,860.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – Meadow Magic (Tommy Molina) 5.00 / 2.40 / 2.80
1 – Power Of Titus (Octavio Bernal) 2.40 / 2.10
5 – Prince Of Paulie (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 2.80

One Mile and One Sixteenth
Time: 1:48.92

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2010 Sire Stakes Preview: Sophomores

Star Sheba headlines Sophomore Fillies Sire Stakes

With no repeat stakes winners in 2010, Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes for three year-old fillies at Pinnacle Race Course will go a long way in deciding who earns the division’s title.

This section of the Sire Stakes drew ten three-year-old Michigan-sired fillies to run 1 1/16 miles. Eventual champion Hakuna Matata was the winner of last year’s running.

Regret Stakes winner Star Sheba will start from the outside post in Saturday’s race. The Elusive Hour filly won the July 10 race by 3/4 lengths in a gate-to-wire effort at Pinnacle. She also finished third in the Sept. 11 Michigan Oaks. Star Sheba enters the Sire Stakes off a runner-up finish in a Sept. 20 allowance race at Mountaineer. Tommy Molina will ride Star Sheba for owner Elkhorn Oaks, Inc. and trainer James Jackson.

Cute Creation cashed in at a big price in the Michigan Oaks after a front-running victory. The daughter of Creative pulled away in the stretch to win by 4 3/4 lengths at odds of 13.90-to-one in her most recent start. Owned by Say Bay Racing, LLC and trained by Gary Terrien, Cute Creation will be ridden by Jorge Collazo, Jr.

Charlies Fire has come to life since moving to Pinncale. The Fire Blitz filly has gone two-for-two in a maiden special weight and allowance races at the Detroit-area track by a combined 8 1/2 lengths. Prior to that, Charlies Fire turned in a fourth place finish in a maiden claiming race at Presque Isle Downs. Federico Mata will be in the irons for owner Lisa Campbell

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Charlies Fire / F Mata / P L White / 5-2
2. Hustle Now / O Bernal / L R Uelmen / 7-2
3. Equality’s Angel / J J Delgado / S M Spiess / 20-1
4. Cute Creation / J E Collazo, Jr. / G E Terrien / 6-1
5. Run with Rachel / R Barrios / L Penner / 10-1
6. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 12-1
7. Fully Exposed / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 15-1
8. Skys Red Roxy / W P Rini / D Cluley / 20-1
9. Ironically Equal / A A Marin / S M Adkins / 20-1
10. Star Sheba / T Molina / J R Jackson / 3-1

Power Of Titus returns to division in soph males Sire Stakes

Michigan’s three-year-old males will compete in their division of Michigan’s marquee race in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Seven Michigan-sired colts and geldings are scheduled to entered the gates in the 1 1/16-mile race. Romeo Again found the winner’s circle in the 2009 edition of the Sire Stakes.

After jumping up to tackle the older males, Power Of Titus will once again face his fellow three-year-olds in Saturday’s race. The Secret Romeo gelding finished third in his last start, only a half length behind the winner, in the Oct. 2 Frontier Handicap against Michigan’s older males. In his most recent start against sophomores, Power Of Titus drove to the wire to win the Sept. 4 Mackinac Handicap. Owned and trained by Del Waite, Power of Titus will be ridden by Octavio Bernal.

Dowling Stakes winner Meadow Magic is also entered in the Sire Stakes. The Meadow Prayer gelding won that race by four lengths, and probably could have added more distance if not for drifting out near the outside rail down the stretch. He enters Saturday’s race off a second place finish in the Mackinac. James Jackson will saddle Meadow Magic for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stables, LLC. Tommy Molina will get the riding assignment in Saturday’s race.

Prince Of Paulie will try to make a six-day turnaround to win his first race of the year after winning Michigan’s two-year-old male of the year. The gelded son of Meadow Prayer finished fourth in an October 10 allowance race at Pinnacle prior to Saturday’s race after starts in Pinnacle’s three divisional stakes races. Ronald Allen, Jr. picks up the mount for owner John Mack and Richard Rettele.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Power Of Titus / O Bernal / D D Waite / 2-1
2. Watchin The Vix / F Mata / R M Gorham / 10-1
3. Call The Natives / W Rini / M A Barron / 12-1
4. Generalyitsamemory / R Barrios / D Cluley / 15-1
5. Prince Of Paulie / R D Allen, Jr. / R J Rettele / 5-1
6. Secrets Only / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 8-1
7. Meadow Magic / T Molina / J R Jackson / 8-5

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Power of Titus rallies on rail to win Mackinac Handicap

Power of Titus had padded his resume with stakes-placed efforts in the past, but he still lacked a blacktype victory to cap it all off heading into Saturday’s $50,000 Mackinac Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Secret Romeo gelding finally earned his first stakes score with a driving trip down the rail in the mile and one sixteenth race for Michigan-bred three-year-old males.

Power of Titus broke in fourth and settled near the back of the pack as Hour By Hour took to the front from the outside, followed closely by Wiley Potts and post time favorite Meadow Magic. Hour By Hour rushed away with the lead heading into the first turn, about a length and a half ahead of Wiley Potts. The trailer worked his way to the leader’s outside hip heading into the backstretch, and the pair was about a length ahead of Bentley Red after a half mile in :48.02. Those margins held steady as the field passed in front of the barns.

Hour By Hour held a length and a half advantage over a tiring Wiley Potts heading into the final turn, as Meadow Magic made his move on the rail and Power of Titus began his charge from the back. Meadow Magic moved to the outside of Hour By Hour coming out of the turn and opened up the rail for a charging Power of Titus. The pair flanked Hour By Hour and swallowed up that rival at the top of the stretch. Power of Titus moved to the lead on the rail about a half length ahead of of Meadow Magic, who was several paths off the rail. Under the consistent right hand whip of jockey of Octavio Bernal, Power of Titus inched away from his foe to a 1 1/4 length victory. Dream Victory bid on the inside, and finished the best of the rest for third.

Power Of Titus completed the mile and one sixteenth race in 1:49.49 over a fast dirt surface. He was the betting public’s fourth choice at odds of 5.90-to-one.

Bred in Michigan by Guy and Deb Russell, Power of Titus is owned and trained by Del Waite.

The Mackinac was the second win of 13 starts for Power of Titus, and his first win in stakes company. He increased his career earnings to $66,128.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Power of Titus (Octavio Bernal) 13.80 / 4.60 / 4.60
1 – Meadow Magic (Tommy Molina) 3.20 / 3.00
6 – Dream Victory (Ricardo Barrios) 4.80

One Mile and One Sixteenth
Time: 1:49.49

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Jackson-saddled pair highlights Mackinac Handicap

Trainer James Jackson has had a solid hold on Michigan’s three-year-old male division in 2010.

Jackson reached the winner’s circle in the division’s two stakes races at Pinnacle Race Course this year, saddling Hour By Hour in the June 26 Lansing Stakes and Meadow Magic in the July 31 Dowling Stakes. He will try to keep that streak alive by sending the pair to the post in Saturday’s $50,000 Mackinac Handicap.

The Mackinac Handicap drew nine Michigan-bred three-year-old males to race at a mile and a sixteenth. Last year’s installment of the Mackinac was won by Perfect Start.

Dowling Stakes winner Meadow Magic will have the inside post in Saturday’s race. The Meadow Prayer gelding won the July 31 race by four lengths, capped off by an erratic trip down the stretch. He enters the Mackinac off a third place finish in an Aug. 17 allowance race at Presque Isle Downs. James Jackson trains Meadow Magic for Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable. Tommy Molina will be in the saddle for Saturday’s race.

Also coming out of the Jackson barn is Lansing Stakes winner Hour By Hour, who will start from the outside post. The Elusive Hour gelding won the Lansing with one of his signature front-running trips for a 2 3/4 length victory. Hour By Hour comes in off an unplaced finish in another Aug. 17 allowance race at Presque Isle. Augusto Marin will wear the colors of Laura Jackson in the Mackinac. James Jackson will saddle Hour By Hour.

Lansing Stakes runner-up Secrets Only is also entered in Saturday’s race. The Secret Romeo gelding enters the Mackinac off the field’s highest last-race Beyer figure, a 73, following an 8 3/4 length score in an Aug. 8 allowance contest at Pinnacle. Robert Gorham trains Secrets Only for owner Mast Thoroughbreds, LLC. Regular rider Jeffrey Skerrett retains the mount for the Mackinac.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Meadow Magic / T Molina / J R Jackson / 8-5
2. Got Your Nugget / A Hernandez-Lopez / P J Powers / 20-1
3. Wiley Potts / F Mata / R M Gorham / 15-1
4. Secrets Only / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 6-1
5. Power Of Titus / O Bernal / D D Waite / 7-2
6. Dream Victory / R Barrios / J R Jackson / 12-1
7. Prince Of Paulie / J J Delgado / R J Rettele / 5-1
8. Bentley Red / A Pusac / D Cluley / 20-1
9. Hour By Hour / A A Marin / J R Jackson / 8-1

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Meadow Magic draws off erratically in Dowling Stakes

After several races spent on the cusp of a breakthrough stakes win, Meadow Magic finally earned his first marquee score in Saturday’s $20,000 Dowling Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The three-year-old Meadow Prayer colt broke on the rail as Generalyitsamemory took the early lead by a length over Hour By Hour. Mission Achieved also applied pressure to the lead duo as they made their way through the first turn. Generalyitsamemory held a length’s advantage after a quarter mile as his trailers began to bunch together and move closer to the front. Meadow Magic climbed up the rail across the backstretch and improved from eighth place to breathing down the leader’s neck on the inside while the other half of the entry, Hour By Hour, kept up the pressure on the outside.

The two parts of the entry and Generalyitsamemory dueled throughout the final turn. Hour By Hour held a slight advantage coming out of the bend, but Meadow Magic quickly moved ahead of his rivals by multiple lengths. Once clear, Meadow Magic veered out sharply down the stretch, and was well past the center of the track despite attempts to correct his course by jockey Ricardo Barrios. However, taking the long way did not deter Meadow Magic from his goal, as he crossed the wire to win by four lengths. Power Of Titus finished second after a six wide rally from last place. Prince of Paulie finished an even third.

Meadow Magic completed the one mile race in 1:41.53 over a fast dirt surface. He was the co-post time favorite with the other half of his entry, Hour By Hour, at odds of 0.40-to-one.

Meadow Magic was bred in Michigan by Marilyn McMaster. James Jackson is the winning conditioner for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stables LLC. With the victory in the Dowling, Meadow Magic improved his career record to three wins from eight starts for earnings of $42,160.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

1 – Meadow Magic (Ricardo Barrios) 2.80 / 2.40 / 2.20
5 – Power Of Titus (Alexis Ortiz) 5.00 / 2.60
3 – Prince Of Paulie (Jose Delgado) 3.20

One Mile
Time: 1:41.53

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Hour By Hour wires field in Lansing Stakes

Hour By Hour struck the first blow on the road to defending his co-title as the best male of his Michigan-bred crop with a front-running score in Saturday’s $50,000 Lansing Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Elusive Hour colt fired immediately and took command on the outside in the race’s opening strides. He kept a one-length cushion as he worked his way to the rail, while Secrets Only and post time favorite Prince of Paulie battled to keep chase. Hour By Hour maintained his lead heading into the final turn while Prince of Paulie fell off the pace and was replaced by a gaining calvary charge.

Secrets Only whittled away at Hour By Hour’s lead throughout the turn and came to even terms heading into the stretch. His charge was quickly repelled by Hour By Hour, who responded to urging by jockey Federico Mata to regain his advantage and power away from his rival. Under Mata’s right hand whip, Hour By Hour continued to add to his lead as he drove to the wire to win by 2 3/4 lengths. Secrets Only carried on to finish second, two lengths ahead of a rail-running Meadow Magic.

Hour By Hour completed the six furlong race in 1:11.67 over a fast track, just two tenths of a second off the track record of 1:11.40, set by Funky Pirate on September 16, 2008. He was the field’s sixth choice at odds of 9.40-to-one.

Hour By Hour was homebred in Michigan by Valerie Irvine and is also owned by Laura Jackson. He is trained by James Jackson. With the win, Hour By Hour improved his career record to three wins from five starts. Two of those wins have come in stakes company. His career earnings now total $72,940.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

11 – Hour By Hour (Federico Mata) 20.80 / 6.80 / 5.60
5 – Secrets Only (Jeffrey Skerrett) 7.40 / 5.40
1 – Meadow Magic (Tommy Molina) 4.00

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:11.67

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