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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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Going For More leads all the way in Michigan Juvenile Fillies victory

Going For More sprinted to an early lead and outlasted a late challenge to win Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Slew City Slew filly broke quickly on the outside and entered the first turn about three paths off the rail. She was followed by Harlan Trace and post time favorite Paris Prayer, but the leader was soon putting distance between herself and her foes as they went through the turn. Going For More entered the backstretch about a length ahead of Harlan Trace and a tightly bunched pack. That margin held up along the straightaway, as Let Me Doit also advanced to a length behind the leader on the rail.

Going For More started to gain separation from her rivals heading into the final turn, and entered the bend with a length and a half advantage. Meanwhile, Paris Prayer began her rally from the back of the second flight and soon challenged Harlan Trace for second place. Going For More swung wide coming out of the bend and was quickly approached by Paris Prayer coming up the rail. The pair battled down the stretch, with Paris Prayer coming within a neck of Going For More’s lead, but she could not get past the winner, who outkicked the runner-up in the deep stretch under strong urging from jockey Ronald Allen, Jr. to win by a half length. Waxies Willie finished 13 1/4 lengths behind Paris Prayer for third.

Going For More completed the one mile race in 1:44.54 over a fast dirt surface. She was the field’s second choice at odds of 2.60-to-one.

Homebred in Michigan by Michael McQuade, Going For More was saddled by Gerald Bennett. The race was her second straight win from three starts, and her first blacktype score. Going for More’s career earnings now total $37,080.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

6 – Going For More (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 7.20 / 3.20 / 3.20
4 – Paris Prayer (Tommy Molina) 3.00 / 3.20
7 – Waxies Willie (Augusto Marin) 4.40

One Mile
Time: 1:44.54

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Paris Prayer headlines Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes

Michigan’s two-year-old fillies will have one more chance to prove themselves in stakes competition this year in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

A field of seven will enter the gates for Saturday’s one mile race. Last year’s champion juvenile filly Hustle Now won the 2009 running of the race.

The group is led by Sickle’s Image Stakes winner Paris Prayer. A daughter of Meadow Prayer, Paris Prayer won the Sept. 18 race by 5 1/4 lengths after rallying six wide out of the final turn. She enters the Michigan Juvenile Fillies off a runner-up finish in the Oct. 16 Michigan Sire Stakes. James Jackson trains Paris Prayer for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable LLC. Tommy Molina will be in the irons.

Dixie Diva enters the race off an impressive 7 1/2 length score in an Oct. 24 maiden special weight race at Pinnacle. The Ulises filly rallied three wide down the stretch in that effort to secure the victory in her second start. Dixie Diva will be ridden by Federico Mata for owner and trainer Robert Gorham.

Harlan Trace will also try for her first stakes victory on Saturday. The Elusive Hour filly’s most recent start was a third place effort in the Sire Stakes. She is owned by Elkhorn Oake, Inc. and trained by James Jackson. Angel Stanley will have the riding assignment.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Dixie Diva / F Mata / R M Gorham / 15-1
2. Let Me Doit / O Bernal / L R Uelmen / 20-1
3. Juliets Secret / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 10-1
4. Paris Prayer / T Molina / J R Jackson / 6-5
5. Harlan Trace / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 6-1
6. Going For More / R D Allen, Jr. / G S Bennett / 2-1
7. Waxies Wilie / A A Marin / G R Fiesman / 8-1

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This Cats On Fire wires juvenile fillies Sire Stakes

This Cats On Fire took straight to the front and never surrendered the lead to win Saturday’s $50,000 juvenile fillies division of the Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The two-year-old Fire Blitz filly was bumped coming out of the gate, but was quickly hustled to the lead on the outside. She led by a length and a half ahead of Harlan Trace and Evil Secret across the backstretch as she angled in closer to the rail. Harlan Trace left Evil Secret behind heading into the turn and chased the leader on her outside hip throughout the bend.

This Cats On Fire had a length on Harlan Trace exiting the turn, as post time favorite Paris Prayer began her charge from the back of the pack. The leader distanced herself from her rival, who was herself facing a charge down the middle of the track from Paris Prayer. However, neither foe could match This Cats On Fire’s momentum, as she crossed the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front. Paris Prayer got up for second, a neck ahead of Harlan Trace.

This Cats On Fire stopped the clock for the six furlong race in 1:13.53 on a fast dirt surface under jockey Ronald Allen, Jr.. She went off as the field’s second choice at odds of two-to-one.

Homebred in Michigan by Lisa Campbell and Campbell Stable, This Cats On Fire was saddled by Patrick White. Her career record now stands at two wins from three starts, with one score in stakes company, for earnings of $42,414.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

8 – This Cats On Fire (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 6.00 / 3.00 / 2.40
2 – Paris Prayer (Tommy Molina) 2.40 / 2.40
4 – Harlan Trace (Angel Stanley) 3.00

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:13.53

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2010 Sire Stakes Preview: Juveniles

Paris Prayer seeks three-for-three in Juvenile Fillies

Paris Prayer will try to lock down her division’s top honors while maintaining her perfect record in Saturday’s $50,000 juvenile fillies division of the Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The six furlong race drew eight two-year-old fillies sired by Michigan-based stallions. Last year’s installment of this division’s Sire Stakes was won by Hustle Now, who went on to be named Michigan’s juvenile filly of the year.

The division’s leader heading into the race is Paris Prayer. The Meadow Prayer filly won Michigan’s lone stakes race for Juvenile fillies so far, the Sept. 18 Sickle’s Image Stakes, in emphatic style by five and a quarter lengths. That race was also her most previous start. Paris Prayer is owned by Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable. James Jackson will give Tommy Molina the leg up in Saturday’s race.

This Cats On Fire will make her first start at Pinnacle following two starts at Mountainer in West Virginia. The Fire Blitz Filly followed up a length and a quarter score in maiden special weight company with an inside trip leading to an unplaced finish in the Aug. 7 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes, her most recent start. Patrick White will saddle This Cats On Fire for owner Lisa Campbell. Ronald Allen, Jr. comes in to take the riding assignment.

Also entered is Carol Rettele’s Ittybittyprayer. The Meadow Prayer filly is still seeking her first victory, but has finished no worse than third in her last four starts, including a third place finish in the Sickle’s Image. She enters the Sire Stakes off another third-place effort in an Oct. 2 maiden special weight race at Pinnacle. Jose Delgado picks up the mount for trainer Richard Rettele.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Evil Secret / F Mata / P L White / 5-1
2. Paris Prayer / T Molina / J R Jackson / 8-5
3. Ittybittyprayer / J J Delgado / R J Rettele / 9-2
4. Harlan Trace / A O Stanley / J R Jackson / 12-1
5. Countess Of Music / R Barrios / A Talsma / 15-1
6. Waxies Willie / W P Rini / G R Fiesman / 10-1
7. Equal Reign / A A Marin / L Penner / 20-1
8. This Cats On Fire / R D Allen, Jr. / P L White / 3-1

Evenly matched field in Juvenile Colts & Geldings

A field of two-year-olds with similar resumes will compete for a crucial first stakes victory in Saturday’s juvenile males division of the $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Eight Michigan-sired males will face off in the six furlong race. Hour By Hour claimed the 2009 running of this Sire Stakes race.

Noequal enters the Sire Stakes as one of only two horses in the field with blacktype experience. The gelded son of Equality finished third in the Sept. 19 Patrick Wood Stakes at Pinnacle in his most recent start. He still seeks his first win following the Patrick Wood and a runner-up finish in a Sept. 4 maiden special weight race. Daniel Mccarthy owns Noequal, who is trained by Ronald Allen, Sr.. Federico Mata will be in the saddle for Saturday’s race.

James Griffin’s Buy The Law will make his first stakes try in Saturday’s race. The colt by The Deputy (IRE) enters the Sire Stakes off a two length victory in a Sept. 25 maiden special weight effort after two third place tries, all at Pinnacle. Richard Rettele will give Wade Rini the leg up aboard Buy The Law.

Gainon represents his sire Gainango’s first crop to hit the racetrack. He was also Gainango’s first winner, following a three length triumph in a Sept. 25 maiden special weight race. Robert Gorham trains Gainon for Marion Gorham and will send Jeffrey Skerrett to the post.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Pooling Factor / R D Allen, Jr. / P L White / 15-1
2. Duncan / T Molina / J R Jackson / 4-1
3. Noequal / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 5-2
4. Buy The Law / W P Rini / R J Rettele / 7-2
5. Commanding Factor / R Barrios / D D Waite / 12-1
6. Equal By Design / O Bernal / L Penner / 10-1
7. H H A Quiet Cruise / A O Stanley / D D Waite / 15-1
8. Gainon / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 3-1

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Paris Prayer explodes down stretch in Sickle’s Image Stakes

Paris Prayer established herself as the early leader of Michigan’s two-year-old fillies division with a driving late move down the stretch to win Saturday’s $50,000 Sickle’s Image Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Meadow Prayer filly broke at a leisurely pace as Germs took the early advantage. The leader was quickly overtaken by Evil Secret, with Harlan Trace and Going For More in close pursuit across the backstretch. Evil Secret held a head’s advantage over Going For More as the field entered the final turn. Germs moved back up on the outside to challenge the leaders and exited the bend in front.

Meanwhile, Paris Prayer prepared to complete the execution of a six-wide move from second-to-last to the front. Paris Prayer drew even with Germs at the quarter pole and carried on past that rival under left handed urging by jockey Tommy Molina. She was ridden out to win the Sickle’s Image by 5 1/4 lengths. Germs carried on to finish second, a half length ahead of Ittybittyprayer.

Paris Prayer completed the six furlong race in 1:14.06 over a fast dirt surface. She was the post time favorite in the Sickle’s Image at odds of 2.10-to-one.

Paris Prayer was bred in Michigan by James Arnold, Marcia Arnold and Deb Miley. She was saddled by trainer James Jackson for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Racing Stable LLC.

The Sickle’s Image improved Paris Prayer’s record to a perfect two-for-two, including her first victory in stakes company. Her career earnings now total $37,080.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – Paris Prayer (Tommy Molina) 6.20 / 5.40 / 3.40
5 – Germs (Jose Delgado) 12.80 / 9.00
3 – Ittybittyprayer (Alvaro Hernandez-Lopez) 6.40

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:14.06


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