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Tuff Southern Gal seeks comeback win in Michigan Bred Derby

Tuff Southern Gal leads a field of six in the Michigan Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Michigan’s three-year-old Quarter Horse crop will face its first stakes test in Sunday’s $15,000 Michigan Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows.

Tuff Southern Gal is one of three horses in the 350 yard race to be saddled by trainer Dave Gates. The Southern Cartel filly came within a neck of winning last year’s $100,000 Indiana Stallion Service Auction Futurity at Hoosier Park, finishing second. Tuff Southern Gal will make her first start of the year on Sunday, following a fifth place finish in an allowance race last Oct. 11 at Hoosier. Trainer Gates also owns the filly with his wife, Shirley. Lee Gates will have the mount.

Dials Corona For Me is only horse in the field to hold claim to a prior stakes victory. The Corona For Me gelding earned that distinction following a half-length score in last year’s Michigan Bred Futurity at Mount Pleasant. He enters the race off a half-length win against allowance company on June 13 at the same track. Juan Delgado will ride Dials Corona For me for owner and trainer Tony Cunningham.

After wintering at Hialeah Park, Refined Cowboy returns to Mount Pleasant for the Michigan Bred Derby. The Cowboys Rodeo colt comes in off an unplaced finish in a Feb. 3 claiming contest at the revived Florida racetrack. Nate Alcala will get the leg up aboard Refined Cowboy by trainer Dave Gates for owner Cecil Merritt.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Tuff Southern Gal / L Gates / D N Gates / 3-5
1A. Cc Cartel / A Hunt / D N Gates / 3-1
1X. Refined Cowboy / N Alcala / D N Gates / 2-1
2. Later Version / R Rettele / C Rettele / 2-1
3. Dials Corona For Me / J F Delgado / A F Cunningham / 7-5
4. Eight Below 123 / A Keller / J Hall / 5-1

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Michigan connections compete at Hialeah Park

Popular Michigan-bred Ozzy You Can Do It will make his first start outside of his home state on Monday at Hialeah Park.

Last Saturday, horse racing returned to one of the sport’s historic venues, Florida’s Hialeah Park, after an eight-year absence.

For its inaugural season, the track is hosting a Quarter Horse-exclusive meet, which has drawn horses, riders and trainers from across the country to race among the flamingos. Of course, what kind of world class Quarter Horse meet would it be without a few horses from Mount Pleasant Meadows?

On Hialeah’s opening day, three horses with at least one start at Mount Pleasant entered the gates, including Michigan-bred Refined Cowboy; who showed little in a second-to-last finish. The other two starters, both trained by Adam Oxendine, fared better. Arrow Stone Head took home a third place check and Apollo Two Socks notched a fourth. Both horses shipped to Mount Pleasant for a few starts near the end of this year’s meet.

The star of the Michigan contingent on opening day, however, was jockey Oscar Delgado. In four starts, Delgado picked up a win and a second place finish. He found the winner’s circle in his first start aboard California-bred Nudder Budder. Delgado picked up another win in the nightcap of Sunday’s card aboard Devilfish.

In terms of new business, Monday’s card will be highlighted by the first out-of-state start by Mount Pleasant Meadows fan favorite Ozzy You Can Do It. The Michigan-bred Aze Beduino gelding has won 11 of 42 lifetime starts, all at the central Michigan oval. Ozzy You Can Do It will also be the first paint horse to compete at Hialeah since its reopening, possibly ever.

Ozzy You Can Do It appears to have the confidence of the oddsmakers, who have him picked second with morning line odds of 3-1. He had his first workout over the surface on Sunday, where he covered 220 yards in 12.53 seconds breezing. The time was the fourth fastest out of seven horses working at the distance.

UPDATE: Ozzy finished last in his start earlier today. By the looks of the chart, he ran into traffic problems early on and was taken out of contention before he could do much. Regardless, it was nice to see the betting public support Ozzy as the third choice at 3.20-to-one. Hopefully he can improve his fortune in future starts with a clean trip.

Tuesday’s entries yield at least three horses with experience at Mount Pleasant Meadows: former stakes regular Track Monster, Bye Bye Cartel and Patriotic Bill, who makes his first start since 2008, where he won a match race against arguably the slowest horse on the grounds then was disqualified. That was a crazy day.

Best of luck to all the Mount Pleasant Meadows-based (or visiting) connections during Hialeah Park’s rededicated inaugural meet.

For more information on Hialeah Park, visit http://www.hialeahparkracing.com/.


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