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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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Star Sheba shines in Regret Stakes

Star Sheba led at every call and held on late to win Saturday’s $50,000 Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The three-year-old Elusive Hour filly broke quickly and was soon on the rail, a length ahead of Skys Red Roxy. Hustle Now and post time favorite Touch Misscrafty also loomed on the outside as the field made its way across the backstretch. Skys Red Roxy stayed on Star Sheba’s outside hip heading into the turn, about 3/4 lengths off the leader, and pressured her foe throughout the bend. Behind them, Hustle Now began to fall off the pace, while Touch Misscrafty continued her outside trip about two lengths off the leaders.

A head’s length separated the pair as they made their way into the stretch, but Star Sheba once again separated from her foe. Still on the outside, Skys Red Roxy was shifted to the rail, which had opened up after the leader drifted out from the turn. Skys Red Roxy once again rallied from that position and was on even terms with the leader with 100 yards to go. However, Star Sheba found the kick to separate herself from her rival one last time as the wire drew near to win the Regret by 3/4 lengths under urging from jockey Octavio Bernal. Fully Exposed closed up the rail to take third, 3/4 lengths ahead of a still-wide Touch Misscrafty.

Star Sheba won the six furlong Regret with a time of 1:13.63 over a fast dirt surface. She left the gate as the field’s third choice at odds of 5.50-to-one.

Star Sheba was homebred in Michigan by Elkhorn Oaks Inc. and is trained by James Jackson.

The Regret was Star Sheba’s third victory from five career starts, and her first in stakes company. Her career earnings now total $55,564.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

6 – Star Sheba (Octavio Bernal) 13.00 / 5.00 / 3.20
4 – Skys Red Roxy (Diego Rodriguez) 10.20 / 5.40
1 –  Fully Exposed (Tommy Molina) 7.80

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:13.63

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