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Valient Tenobob nominated to Triple Crown

Michigan-bred Valient Tenobob is one of 364 early nominees for the prestigious Triple Crown races.

The series for three-year-old Thoroughbreds includes the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs, the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course and the Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park.

The dark bay or brown Service Stripe colt is trained by James Jackson for owners Red Riding Hood Stable (George & Chrissy Kutlenios) and Laura Jackson. Valient Tenobob was also bred by James and Laura Jackson.

Valient Tenobob is the first Triple Crown nominee born in Michigan since Hot Chili, another Jackson trainee, was made eligible for the races in 2008.

Valient Tenobob went three-for-three in 2010 for earnings of $48,222.

He broke his maiden on Sept. 4 at Pinnacle Race Course with a five-wide rally to prevail by a length. Valient Tenobob then traveled to West Virginia to follow up with a 2 3/4-length allowance score at Mountaineer.

After that race, Valient Tenobob was nominated to the Oct. 31 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, but instead returned to Pinnacle to compete in the Oct. 30 Michigan Futurity. Despite an erratic trip, Valient Tenobob exploded in the stretch to win by seven lengths.

Valient Tenobob has not raced since the Michigan Futurity and, according to Equibase, he has not posted a workout in the last 60 days. Check back for further updates on Valient Tenobob’s journey down the Derby trail.

For a complete list of the 2011 Triple Crown nominees, click here.

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Valient Tenobob raw but effective in Michigan Futurity

Despite his best efforts to do otherwise, Valient Tenobob could not stop himself from running away with Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Service Stripe colt was unhurried out of the gate and settled into last on the rail, as Buy The Law, Duty Calls and Duncan took to the lead heading into the first turn. Post time favorite Duty Calls emerged from that group in the turn and led by a length heading into the straightaway. He was chased by Duncan across the backstretch, who quickly gave way heading into the final turn. However, Valient Tenobob was on his way to take Duncan’s place and flew past the leader on the outside.

Valient Tenobob opened up multiple lengths in the turn and moved onto the rail, then things got interesting. As he approached the quarter pole, Valient Tenobob shied away from the whip of jockey Tommy Molina and almost slowed to a halt entering the stretch. That loss of momentum allowed Noequal to get within striking distance at the top of the stretch, but Valient Tenobob re-rallied and left that rival behind. He weaved greenly through the stretch, but did it far enough ahead of his foes that it did not matter, as he crossed the wire seven lengths ahead of Noequal. Equal To finished 8 3/4 lengths behind the runner-up for third.

The final time for the one mile race was 1:45.23 over a fast dirt surface. He was the betting public’s second choice at odds of 2.70-to-one.

Valient Tenobob was homebred in Michigan by trainer James Jackson and Laura Jackson. He is also co-owned by Red Riding Hood Stable LLC.

With the victory, his first in stakes company, Valient Tenobob improved his career record to a perfect three-for-three for earnings of $48,222.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Valient Tenobob (Tommy Molina) 7.40 / 4.80 / 3.40
1 – Noequal (Federico Mata) 3.80 / 2.80
5 – Equal To (Ricardo Barrios) 3.20

One Mile
Time: 1:45.23

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Stakes winners face off in Michigan Futurity

The winners of Michigan’s first two stakes races for Juvenile males will meet for a rubber match in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

Eight Michigan-bred two-year-olds nominated earlier this year will contest the one mile race. Last year’s rendition was won in a bank-breaking fashion by Sahmmy Falls.

Michigan Sire Stakes winner Noequal will try to solidify his two-year-old male of the year credentials with a strong showing in Saturday’s race. The Equality gelding picked a big race to graduate from the maiden ranks, with a 3 1/4 length score in the Oct. 16 Sire Stakes. He also finished third in the Sept. 19 Patrick Wood Stakes. Regular rider Federico Mata will have the mount for owner Daniel McCarthy and trainer Ronald Allen, Sr..

Noequal was beaten in the Patrick Wood by Duty Calls, who will get the chance to do it again in the Michigan Futurity. The Service Stripe gelding took the Patrick Wood in a front-running fashion to prevail by 4 3/4 lengths in his most recent start. Duty Calls is owned by Mast Thoroughbreds LLC and trained by Robert Gorham. Jeffrey Skerrett will have the riding assignment.

Also entered is undefeated Valient Tenobob. The Service Stripe colt is a perfect two-for-two following a Sept. 4 maiden score at Pinnacle and a 2 3/4 length victory in an Oct. 2 allowance race at Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino in West Virginia. James Jackson will give Tommy Molina the leg up aboard Valient Tenobob for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable LLC.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Noequal / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 5-1
2. Native Niko / R D Allen, Jr. / J R Jackson / 7-2
3. Buy The Law / J E Collazo, Jr. / R J Rettele / 12-1
4. Valient Tenobob / T Molina / J R Jackson / 8-5
5. Equal To / R Barrios / D Foggiano / 20-1
6. Equal By Design / O Bernal / L Penner / 20-1
7. Duty Calls / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 3-1
8. Duncan / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 10-1

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Top Touch, Sahmmy Falls prevail in Michigan Juvenile Championships

Sahmmy Falls stuns in Michigan Futurity

Sahmmy Falls battled in the stretch and shocked the field to win Saturday’s $62,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Sahm colt broke with a crowded lead pack, fronted by post time favorite Hour By Hour on the rail. Hour By Hour opened up a half-length advantage heading into the turn, with Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie giving chase heading into the backstretch. Meadow Magic pressured the leader from the outside, but Hour By Hour pulled away to a comfortable lead. He was pressured again heading into the final turn by Prince of Paulie, Meadow Magic and Sahmmy Falls, the latter of which quickly backed off his charge.

Hour By Hour rapidly gave way in the turn, which left the lead to be contested by Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie. The rail also opened up for Sahmmy Falls to come back into contention. The trio locked up through the stretch, with Sahmmy Falls on the rail, inside Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie. Sahmmy Falls took his momentum to the front with a furlong to go and drove to the wire under strong left hand urging by jockey Godofredo Laurente. He prevailed by a neck over a gaining Prince of Paulie. Dream Victory rallied six-wide to take third place. Hour By Hour faded to eleventh.

Sahmmy Falls completed the one mile race in 1:42.98 over a fast track at bank-breaking odds of 49.30-to-one.

Sahmmy Falls is homebred in Michigan and trained by Shane Spiess. The Michigan Futurity was the colt’s second win from six starts, and his first in stakes company. His career earnings now total $47,760.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

3 – Sahmmy Falls (Godofredo Laurente) 100.60 / 90.00 / 25.80
11 – Prince of Paulie (J.J. Delgado) 7.20 / 4.80
6 – Dream Victory (Augusto Marin) 8.00

One Mile
Time: 1:42.98

Top Touch wins stretch duel in Michigan Juvenile Fillies

It was a rough going in the stretch, but Top Touch got the best of rival De La Crem to win Saturday’s $56,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Touch Gold filly contested the early lead from the outside with Maximimi and Electric Venus. Maximimi took command heading into the clubhouse turn and opened up a length and a half advantage after a quarter mile. She maintained her lead across most of the backstretch, but Top Touch kept with the pressure on the outside and eventually drew even as they approached the final turn. De La Crem also began to approach the front.

Top Touch overtook her rival in the turn, as Maximimi gave way. De La Crem moved up to challenge Top Touch on the outside and held a slight edge as the pair hit the top of the stretch. The rivals stuck tight to each other and made contact on several occasions throughout the stretch drive. However, Top Touch managed to extend to a neck advantage in the final strides to win the race under jockey Alexis Ortiz. Electric Venus stalked the lead pair to finish 3 1/2 lengths behind De La Crem for third.

The time for the one mile race was 1:44.94 on a fast track. Top Touch was the post time favorite at odds of 1.20-to-one.

Top Touch is homebred in Michigan by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. The victory improved her career record to two wins from four starts, including her first stakes score. The Michigan Juvenile Fillies triumph increased her career earnings to $51,520.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Top Touch (Alexis Ortiz) 4.40 / 4.00 / 2.80
6 – De La Crem (Jeffrey Skerrett) 3.00 / 3.00
1 – Electric Venus (Angel Stanley) 3.20

One Mile
Time: 1:44.94

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Michigan Juvenile Championships Preview

Division title up for grabs in Michigan Futurity

Hour By Hour can clinch his division's title with a victory in the Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

Hour By Hour can clinch his division's title with a victory in the Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

After Hour By Hour and Prince of Paulie swapped finishing positions in their two previous meetings, Michigan’s two-year-old male division was thrown into a stalemate.

The pair will face off against a full field of 12 in the one mile rubber match to decide the crop’s top runner in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

Hour By Hour got the best of his rival during their most recent meeting in the Oct. 3 Michigan Sires Juvenile at Pinnacle. The Elusive Hour colt took his usual front-running path to the finish in that race to prevail by three lengths. Hour By Hour is owned Valerie Irvine and Laura Jackson and is trained by James Jackson. Federico Mata will retain the mount following his win in the Sire Stakes.

Prince of Paulie staked his claim to the two-year-old male title in the Sept. 12 Patrick Wood Stakes at Pinnacle. The Meadow Prayer gelding followed up with a third place finish in the Sire Stakes, his most recent start. J.J. Delgado will ride Prince of Paulie for owner John Mack and trainer Richard Rettele.

Because Hour By Hour and Prince of Paulie both favor front-running styles, the two could find each other battling for the lead in the race’s early goings. If that happens, a horse who has shown some tactical speed could take advantage of the situation. Power of Titus moved up from well back to finish a length behind Prince of Paulie in the Patrick Wood and could benefit from the added distance. The Secret Romeo colt took a step back in the Sire Stakes, with a fifth place finish in his most recent start. He is owned and trained by Del Waite. Mike Roll will pick up the mount aboard Power of Titus.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Hour By Hour / F Mata / J R Jackson / 5-2
2. A Love Away / No Rider / R D Allen, Sr. / 30-1
3. Sahmmy Falls / G Laurente / S M Spiess / 20-1
4. Geta Ticket / A O Stanley / D Kueffner / 6-1
5. Terko Service / W A Barnett / R D Allen, Sr. / 30-1
6. Dream Victory / A A Marin / J R Jackson / 5-1
7. Ready To Tango / A Ortiz / L R Uelmen / 15-1
8. Power of Titus / M Roll / D D Waite / 10-1
9. Sunny Stripe / No Rider / R M Gorham / 20-1
10. Meadow Magic / J Skerrett / J R Jackson / 9-2
11. Prince of Paulie / J J Delgado / R J Rettele / 4-1
12. Wild Alex / J M Camejo / A Macias / 30-1

Stakes runners-up square off in Michigan Juvenile Fillies

Top Touch will shoot for her first stakes score in the Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

Top Touch will shoot for her first stakes score in the Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

With likely division champion Hustle Now taking a well-deserved break, the two horses who finished behind her in this year’s stakes races will take center stage in Saturday’s one mile $50,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

Top Touch never got a chance to redeem herself for her second place finish in Sept. 12 Sickle’s Image Stakes because she was not eligible for the Sire Stakes. In the Sickle’s Image, the Touch Gold filly battled down the stretch with Hustle Now and begrudgingly gave way as the wire approached. Top Touch is owned by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. Alexis Ortiz will be in the irons.

De La Crem was a mild surprise in the Oct. 3 Sire Stakes, with a runner-up finish at odds of 15.20-to-one. The Island Storm filly moved up from the middle of the pack to come within a length and a half of Hustle Now, but the leader’s closing kick was too much for the field to handle. Bob Gorham trains De La Crem for Mast Thoroughbreds LLC. Regular rider Jeffrey Skerrett will have the assignment.

Also entered is the only filly to have started in both her division’s stakes races this year, Fortune in Gold. The Secret Romeo filly comes off a late-gaining third place finish in the Sire Stakes. J.J. Delgado will ride Fortune in Gold for owner Steve Prain and trainer Dave Kueffner.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Electric Venus / A O Stanley / R R Russell / 8-1
2. Fortune in Gold / J J Delgado / D Kueffner / 4-1
3. Maximimi / F Mata / R M Gorham / 12-1
4. Itsabouttimeiz / A A Marin / D D Waite / 20-1
5. Top Touch / A Ortiz / S M Adkins / 7-5
6. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 2-1

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