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Equalitysdebutante, Valley Loot set for rematch in Moonbeam Handicap

After shocking the field at odds of 21.40-to-one in the July 17 Larkspur Handicap, Equalitysdebutante returns to prove her effort was no fluke in Saturday’s $20,000 Moonbeam Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

Equalitysdebutante will face seven rivals in Saturday’s one mile race for older Michigan-bred fillies and mares. Last year’s installment of the Moonbeam was won by Yawm Estoora.

The purse for the race has been decreased from its normal $50,000 value to accommodate for additional race days of regulation from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

Equalitysdebutante, a Michigan champion two-year-old filly in 2007, won the Larkspur by five lengths in a front-running trip. The win was the five-year-old Equality mare’s first stakes score since her Juvenile campaign and her most recent start. Larry Penner will saddle Equalitysdebutante for owner Richard Hammer. Octavio Bernal will pick up the mount for Saturday’s race.

Three-time Michigan horse of the year Valley Loot finished second to Equalitysdebutante in the Larkspur, also her most recent start. The six-year-old Demaloot Demashoot mare is still seeking her first win of 2010 after running into buzzsaws in all three of her starts this year, finishing second each time. Regular rider Federico Mata will once again be in the saddle for owner Felicia Campbell and trainer Ronald Allen, Sr..

Also entered is the Larkspur’s third place finisher, Peak Of The Storm. The four-year-old Peaks And Valleys filly was the front-running winner of last year’s Regret Stakes at Pinnacle and seeks her first win of the year in the Moonbeam. Peak Of The Storm is a stablemate of Equalitysdebutante, owned by Richard Hammer and trained by Larry Penner. Ricardo Barrios will be in the irons

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Moon Charmer / T Molina / R M Gorham / 7-2
1A. Baba Booyah / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 7-2
2. Peak Of The Storm / R Barrios / L Penner / 5-2
2B. Equalitysdebutante / O Bernal / L Penner / 5-2
3. Half A Glance / A Ortiz / J Gold / 20-1
4. Hakuna Matata / J J Delgado / L R Uelmen / 4-1
5. Secret Candy / J E Collazo, Jr. / R D Allen, Sr. / 20-1
6. Valley Loot / F Mata / R D Allen, Sr. / 6-5

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Equalitysdebutante returns to form in Larkspur Handicap

In October 2007, Equalitysdebutante romped in the two-year-fillies division of the Michigan Sire Stakes at Great Lakes Downs on her way to earning her crop’s top honors. Coming into Saturday’s $50,000 Larkspur Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course, she had only won a single race since.

The five-year-old Equality mare broke her two-year, 13-race cold spell in spectacular fashion with a dominant five-length score in the six furlong race for Michigan’s female handicap platoon.

Equalitysdebutante broke to the front and immediately opened up a length on the rest of the field. The Girl Rolls, Baba Booyah and post time favorite Valley Loot gave chase across the backstretch, with Peak Of The Storm soon coming into contention. The leader continued to maintain her now two-length cushion well off the rail heading into the turn, as Valley Loot emerged as her primary challenger. Equalitysdebutante continued to stay fairly wide throughout the bend and stretched out to a 3 1/2 length lead at the top of the stretch.

Under the intermittent right hand whip of jockey Carlos Garcia, Equalitysdebutante removed any notion of being caught by her rivals in the stretch and drew off to win the Larkspur by five lengths. Valley Loot was locked in a three-way battle down the stretch for second, and emerged 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Peak Of The Storm for the runner-up spot.

The final time for the Larkspur was 1:12.70 over a fast dirt surface. Equalitysdebutante lit up the tote board at 21.40-to-one, the field’s second longest odds.

Equalitysdebutante was homebred in Michigan by Dr. Richard Hammer and trained by Larry Penner. The win in Saturday’s race improved Equalitysdebutante’s lifetime record to four wins in 21 starts, and her third stakes triumph. Her career earnings now total $199,721.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Equalitysdebutante (Carlos Garcia) 44.80 / 8.00 / 4.80
6 – Valley Loot (Federico Mata) 2.20 / 2.20
8 – Peak Of The Storm (Ricardo Barrios) 3.60

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:12.70

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Stakes action across Michigan

Peak of the Storm till look to win her second straight stakes race in Saturday's Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Peak of the Storm will look to keep her stakes success going in Saturday's Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Skyline Star makes ’09 stakes debut in Ann Arbor Stakes

Last year’s Michigan juvenile filly of the year, Skyline Star, will take her first step toward defending her title as the crop’s top female in Saturday’s $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The three-year-old Meadow Prayer filly won last year’s juvenile fillies division of the Michigan Sire Stakes and finished second in two other blacktype efforts en route to her division’s top honors. She enters the one mile Ann Arbor off a June 30 allowance win at Pinnacle, her lone start this year.

Skyline Star is owned by Mast Thoroughbreds, LLC and trained by Robert Gorham. Jeffrey Skerrett will get the leg up in the Ann Arbor.

After a win in the June 20 Regret Stakes, Peak of the Storm will try to solidify her own credentials with a second straight stakes victory. The Peaks and Valleys filly comes off a second place finish in a July 13 allowance race  at Pinnacle against older company. She is owned by Richard Hammer and trained by Larry Penner. Peak of the Storm will be ridden by Rick Knott in the Ann Arbor.

Also entered is multiple stakes-placed Hakuna Matata. Owned by White Lake Farms, Inc. and trained by Larry Uelmen, the Meadow Prayer filly enters the race off a third place finish in a July 20 allowance race at Pinnacle. Angel Stanley gets the assignment.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Skyline Star / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 5-2
1A. Moon Charmer / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 5-2
2. Flint / J J Delgado / J R Jackson / 15-1
3. Hakuna Matata / A O Stanley / L R Uelmen / 4-1
4. Peak of the Storm / R L Knott / L Penner / 7-2
5. Susie’s Prayer / I R Gonzalez / G S Bennett / 6-1
6. Baba Booyah / R Barrios / R M Gorham / 9-2
7. The Girl Rolls / F Mata / J R Jackson / 10-1

Senorita Tres will likely be sent off as a heavy favorite in Sunday's Midwest Maturity at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Senorita Tres will likely be sent off as the heavy favorite in Sunday's Midwest Maturity Challenge at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Senorita Tres headlines Midwest Maturity Challenge

Whoever coined the phrase “the right horse for the course” clearly had Senorita Tres in mind. 

In her three-year racing career, Senorita Tres has won 10 races in 12 starts at Mount Pleasant Meadows. With a rate of success like that, it is not hard to understand why the four-year-old Tres Seis filly is pegged as the morning line favorite in Sunday’s $21,000 Midwest Maturity Challenge.

Senorita Tres added to her trophy case in her previous start with a win in the July 5 Don Boyd Memorial Challenge Handicap at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Carol Rettele trains Senorita Tres for Walter Harrison. Regular rider Richard Rettele retains the mount in the 350 yard race.

Last year’s Midwest Maturity winner, Hez Flyin With Class, will look to defend his title in Sunday’s race. The six-year-old Strawflyin Buds gelding won the May 24 Spring Sprint Handicap at Mount Pleasant and enters the Midwest Maturity off a third place effort in the Don Boyd Handicap.

Hez Flyin With Class is owned by Ivy Lane Racing and trained by Renee Wilson. Mike Holmes will be in the saddle.

Also entered is June 21 Michigan-Bred Derby winner Mood for a Dash. The three-year-old Dashin Chico filly is a perfect three-for-three at Mount Pleasant Meadows and comes off a second place finish in the July 18 Bluegrass Derby at the Red Mile. Lee Gates will ride Mood for a Dash for owner Christine Tavares and trainer Anthony Cunningham.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Hez Flyin With Class / M Holmes / R Wilson / 2-1
1A. Rio Rojo Jess / N Alcala / R Wilson / 2-1
2. Hez Fastforthecash / J D Williams / C Rettele / 6-1
3. Streakin Joe 123 / A Keller / J Hall / 8-1
4. Senorita Tres / R Rettele / C Rettele / 3-5
5.  Mood For a Dash / L Gates / A F Cunningham / 4-1


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Peak of the Storm, Mood for a Dash win weekend’s stakes races

Peak of the Storm duels early, lasts late to win Regret Stakes

Peak of the Storm (4) trades bobs of the head with Oh Fiddlestix (1 inside) in the stretch, but he eventually puts a nose in front to win the Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Peak of the Storm slugged it out with her rivals at every stage of the race and outlasted Oh Fiddlestix by a nose to win Saturday’s $50,000 Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course. 

The three-year-old Peaks and Valleys filly dueled with early leader Silent Tears and Oh Fiddlestix for a half mile before gaining a length’s separation entering the stretch. Oh Fiddlestix made up the distance through the stretch and exchanged bumps and head bobs with the leader, but Peak of the Storm prevailed in the six-furlong race under jockey Rick Knott as the 1.90-to-one favorite. The Regret was Knott’s first win of the meet at Pinnacle. Oh Fiddlestix finished 3/4 lengths ahead of a rallying Hakuna Matata for the runner-up spot.

Peak of the Storm is hombred in Michigan by owner Richard Hammer and is trained by Larry Penner. With the win, Peak of the Storm increased her lifetime earnings to $51,850 and earned her second win from six starts.

For a chart of the race, click here.

4 – Peak of the Storm (Rick Knott) 5.80 / 3.60 / 3.40
1 – Oh Fiddlestix (Godofredo Laurente) 25.20 / 11.80
3 – Hakuna Matata (Angel Stanley) 7.60

Six Furlongs
Time: 1:13.43 

Your winner, Peak of the Storm; Rick Knott, up.

Mood for a Dash powers home in Michigan-Bred Derby

Mood for a Dash (7) gets some separation from Im the Saint (8) to win the Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Mood for a Dash pulled a small upset, driving clear to win by two lengths in Saturday’s $16,453 Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

The three-year-old Dashin Chico filly broke cleanly and stuck a nose out in front entering the stretch in the 350-yard race. Mood for a Dash continued to gain steam and pulled away to win the final in a convincing fashion under jockey Juan Delgado at 6-1 odds. Im the Saint closed late for the place and 2.30-to-one favorite Hez Fastforthecash overcame a pinched start to finish third. 

Mood for a Dash is owned Christine Tavares and trained by Anthony Cunningham, who has won two straight stakes races at Mount Pleasant Meadows. She was bred in Michigan by David C. and/or Tammy Lewis. With her first stakes win, Mood for a Dash improved her lifetime record to three wins from five starts, with all three victories coming at Mount Pleasant. She also boosted her career earnings to $14,286.

For a chart of the race, click here.

7 – Mood for a Dash (Juan Delgado) 14.00 / 7.60 / 3.40
8 –  Im The Saint (Natividad Alcala) 4.00 / 2.40
6 –  Hez Fastforthecash (Richard Rettele) 2.80

350 Yards
Time: 17.795 seconds 

Your winner, Mood for a Dash; Juan Delgado, up.

By the by, Mrs. Murphy ran a big second on Saturday. Expect a look back and some photos in the near future. You didn’t think all she’d get was a quick mention at the bottom of the post, did you?


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