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I Do One Two Three named World Champion Racing Paint Horse

I Do One Two Three held his own in some of the nation's biggest paint races to earn the APHA's highest racing honor.

Michigan-bred I Do One Two Three capped off a successful 2010 campaign by earning the American Paint Horse Association’s Running World Champion title for Regular Registry Paint Quarter Horses.

The announcement was made Jan. 15 at the Heritage Place Sale in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The tobiano four-year-old Judy’s Lineage gelding is homebred by Mount Pleasant Meadows president Walter and Carolyn Bay’s T-Bill Stables. A pair of trainers, Sleepy Gilbreath and Kasey Willis, sent I Do One Two Three to the post in 2010.

A winner of two of his seven starts in 2010, I Do One Two Three finished the year with earnings of $32,627. His overall career record boasts four wins from 14 starts for earnings of $74,375.

I Do One Two Three also earned divisional honors as top three-year-old gelding and overall champion three-year-old on the Regular Registry side of the awards. In 2009, he took home the award as the APHA’s top Regular Registry two-year-old gelding.

The APHA honors divisional champions in two separate registries – Regular and Solid Paint-Bred. According to the APHA, to qualify for the Regular Registry, as I Do One Two Three does, a horse must “exhibit a minimum amount of white hair over pink skin.” Solid Paint-Breds comparatively show very little color.

In the press release announcing the winners, the APHA describes its criteria for selecting champions as based on “level of competition, location, races won and earnings for the year”.

I Do One Two Three kicked off his 2010 campaign with a convincing win in his trial heat for the Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby (G1) at Remington Park. A rough break, though, led him to a fourth place finish in the final. He finished fourth again in the Paint Stallion Breeders Association Derby (G1), also at Remington.

After a fifth place finish in the Texas Paint Horse Breeders Association Derby (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park, I Do One Two Three returned to Oklahoma to win the Lorelei Derby (G3) at Will Rogers Downs. He closed out the year at Will Rogers with a runner-up finish in the Talimena Handicap.

I Do One Two Three did not race in Michigan last year, but he does have experience at Mount Pleasant Meadows from his two-year-old season. In 2009, I Do One Two Three registered a trial win and a pair of second place finishes in the Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association Michigan Paint Horse Futurity (G3) and the GLQHA Stallion Service Sale Futurity.

The APHA’s inaugural Canadian champion, Paint Me A Bono, also has some experience at the central Michigan mixed breed track.

The four-year-old Bono Jazz gelding outkicked I Do One Two Three to win the 2009 GLQHA Michigan Paint Horse Futurity. He preceded that with a maiden-breaking score in his only other start at Mount Pleasant.

Bred in California by Theresa and Alan Reese, Paint Me A Bono is owned by Ivy Lane Racing and trained by Michigan-based conditioner Tom Dunlap.

Paint Me A Bono went one for seven in 2010, but he finished in the money in five of those starts. His earnings for the year totaled $24,972.

The gelding’s year started at Remington Park, with the trials and finals of the Graham Paint & Appaloosa Derby. He finished third in both races. Paint Me A Bono then moved north of the border, where he competed in the allowance ranks at Ajax Downs.

To view the full APHA press release, along with pictures of the champions and a list of other divisional winners, click here.

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Sunday stakes recap from Mount Pleasant Meadows

Paint Me a Bono pulls away in Michigan Paint Horse Futurity
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Paint Me a Bono (2B) shakes off I Do One Two Three (5) to win the GLQHA Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Paint Me a Bono benefitted from a clear trip and won easily in Sunday’s $14,165 Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The two-year-old Bono Jazz gelding broke cleanly and held an ever-growing advantage throughout the stretch and to the finish. Paint Me a Bono was hand ridden to the wire by jockey Richard Rettele for a 1 1/4 length victory in the 350 yard race. Post time favorite I Do One Two Three stayed in pursuit throughout the race and finished 2 1/4 lengths ahead of See Me In Your Dreams for the runner-up position.

Paint Me a Bono and Rettele stopped the clocks at 17.782 seconds over a fast track at odds of 3.50-to-one.

Owned and trained by Renee Wilson, Paint Me a Bono was bred in California by Reese, Theresa and Alan B.. The victory in the Michigan Paint Horse Futurity improved Paint Me a Bono’s lifetime record to a perfect two wins from two starts for career earnings of $7,710.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

2B – Paint Me a Bono (Richard Rettele) 9.00 / 3.00 / 2.20
5 – I Do One Two Three (Oscar Delgado) 2.40 / 2.10
1A – See Me In Your Dreams (Nate Alcala) 2.20

350 Yards
Time: 17.782 Seconds

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Your winner, Paint Me a Bono; Richard Rettele, up.

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Blacktype Bonanza at Mount Pleasant Meadows: Part One

I Do One Two Three leads a talented field of juveniles in Sunday's Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

I Do One Two Three leads a talented field of colorful juveniles in Sunday's Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Four stakes races from different breeds highlight Sunday’s race card at Mount Pleasant Meadows. This post will focus on the two Paint and Quarter Horse races, while the next will preview the two Arabian stakes on the card.

I Do One Two Three headlines Michigan Paint Horse Futurity

After a second place finish in the July 26 GLQHA Stallion Service Sale Futurity, I Do One Two Three will try for his first stakes win against his spotted counterparts in Sunday’s $18,000 GLQHA Michigan Paint Horse Futurity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

I Do One Two Three has had a productive tenure at Mount Pleasant after spending the spring at Retama Park. The two-year-old Judys Lineage gelding took the runner-up spot by a half length in the Stallion Service Sale Futurity after registering the fastest time during the race’s trials. Oscar Delgado will ride I Do One Two Three for owner T Bill Stables and trainer Jay Hall.

Owned and trained by Dave Gates (and co-owned by his wife, Shirley), See Me In Your Dreams enters the Michigan Paint Horse Futurity off two straight victories. The Awesome Chrome filly’s most recent win came in an Aug. 2 speed index race at Mount Pleasant, where she prevailed by 1 1/2  lengths. Lee Gates will be aboard See Me In Your Dreams this Sunday.

Also entered is maiden winner Paint Me a Bono. The Bono Jazz gelding is a perfect one-for-one, following a late-running victory by a head in a June 14 maiden race at Mount Pleasant. Richard Rettele will retain the mount for owner and trainer Renee Wilson.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Willies First Love / No Rider / D N Gates / 6-1
1A. See Me In Your Dreams / L Gates / D N Gates / 6-1
2. Mondo Man / N Fritz / R Wilson / 2-1
2B. Paint Me A Bono / R Rettele / R Wilson / 2-1
3. Special Valerina / M Holmes / D J Evans / 8-1
4. Real Fast Man / J D Williams / J Geer / 10-1
5. I Do One Two Three / O Delgado / J Hall / 3-5
6. Maksimum Spice / R V Fernandez / N Funnell / 20-1

Im The Saint will be the lone male sent from the gates in Sunday's Stallion Service Sale Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Im The Saint will be the lone male sent from the gates in Sunday's Stallion Service Sale Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Im The Saint seeks first stakes win of 2009 in Stallion Service Sale Derby

When looking at the field for Sunday’s $15,000 GLQHA Stallion Service Sale Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows, Im The Saint stands out.

The Saint Shining gelding is the only male scheduled to enter the gates in Sunday’s race. Perhaps more importantly, Im The Saint is the field’s lone stakes winner, with a win in last year’s Stallion Service Sale Futurity at Mount Pleasant.

Im The Saint enters Sunday’s race off a third place finish in a trial race for the Stallion Service Auction Derby at Hoosier Park. He is trained by Ron Raper for owner Debra Redmond. Harold Collins will have the assignment.

Also entered is Carol Rettele trainee Anniversary Annie. The First Wrangler filly comes off a fourth place effort in an Aug. 2 speed index race at Mount Pleasant. Anniversary Annie is owned by Mark Mercer and will be ridden by Richard Rettele.

Joni B Special highlights a three horse entry owned by R and R Racing Stable LLC. The Special Effort filly makes her first start in Michigan this year after finishing second by a neck in a July 18 allowance race at The Red Mile. She is trained by Tony Cunningham and Oscar Delgado will be aboard.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Eyesa Planetary / No Rider / A F Cunningham / 4-1
1A. Mama Cole / No Rider / D N Gates / 4-1
1X. Joni B Special / O Delgado / A F Cunningham / 4-1
2. Anniversary Annie / R Rettele / C Rettele / 2-1
3. Im The Saint / H Collins / R Raper / 7-5
4. Merritts Rebel Moon / L Gates / S Belden / 6-1

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