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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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Hustle Now returns in Regret Stakes

Hustle Now, Michigan’s juvenile filly of the year in 2009, will make her first start on the road to earning top honors as a sophomore in Saturday’s $50,000 Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

A full field of 12 will square off in the six furlong race for Michigan-bred three-year-old fillies. Last year’s installment was won by Peak Of The Storm.

The Regret will be Hustle Now’s first start since her emphatic 5 1/2-length victory in the juvenile fillies division of last October’s Sire Stakes at Pinnacle. The Creative filly ended her 2009 campaign with three straight wins, including consecutive scores in the Sire Stakes and the Sickle’s Image Stakes. J.J. Delgado picks up the assignment from jockey Angel Stanley, who moved his tack to Suffolk Downs this summer. Larry Uelmen trains Hustle Now for owner Sheffeld Farms.

During her most recent meeting with Hustle Now in last September’s Sickle’s Image, Top Touch battled down the stretch with her rival, but was outfinished. The Touch Gold filly recovered well, winning her next start in last October’s Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle. Top Touch enters the Regret off an unplaced finish in a July 2 optional claiming event at Thistledown. Sandra Adkins trains Top Touch for owner Charlie J. Williams, LLC. Alexis Ortiz will have the mount.

Also entered is Denis Cluley trainee Skys Red Roxy. The Sky Approval filly is undefeated in two career starts at Indiana Downs and Pinnacle by a combined 10 1/2 lengths. Her most recent victory was a three length score in a June 6 allowance race at Pinnacle. Regular rider Diego Rodriguez retains the mount for owner Bobbie Kay Cluley.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Fully Exposed / T Molina / J R Jackson / 12-1
2. Cute Creation / J R Martinez, Jr. / G E Terrien / 15-1
3. Maximimi / A A Marin / R M Gorham / 20-1
4. Skys Red Roxy / D Rodriguez / D Cluley / 10-1
5. Electric Venus / R Barrios / R R Russell / 15-1
6. Star Sheba / O Bernal / J R Jackson / 8-1
7. Hustle Now / J J Delgado / L R Uelmen / 2-1
8. Top Touch / A Ortiz / S M Adkins / 5-1
9. Shes A Blitz / J Cruz / P L White / 20-1
10. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 9-2
11. News / M Allen / G S Bennett / 15-1
12. Touch Misscrafty / F Mata / P L White / 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

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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 

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

Mood for a Dash powers home in Michigan-Bred Derby

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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 

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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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Mrs. Murphy’s third start completely overshadows Regret Stakes, Michigan-Bred Derby

Rare is the day when a maiden claimer takes top billing over a stakes race. This is one of those days. Mrs. Murphy leaves the paddock with Angel Stanley aboard.

Rare is the day when a maiden claimer takes top billing over a stakes race. This is one of those days. Mrs. Murphy leaves the paddock with Angel Stanley aboard.

At the beginning of the day, the plan was to post a preview of Saturday’s Regret Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Then I checked the entries.

Mrs. Murphy is scheduled to make her third start this Saturday in a $12,500 maiden claiming event going 5 1/2 furlongs. The purse is $6,600.

I don’t care if they resurrect Man O’ War to run in a match race against Secretariat; Murph gets the duke.

Mrs. Murphy looks to improve from her last race on June 9, where she faded to last after challenging for the lead for four furlongs. Murph will face three foes from her last start, who finished second, third and fourth in that race. 

To be honest, I am not sure what to expect out of this race. Her trainer said she likely learned a lot from her last start and she is becoming more focused and better conditioned, so those are signs that suggest improvement (let me be optimistic, damn it).

Understandably, Murph’s odds are the second longest on the board at 12-1. Considering Mrs. Murphy’s finishes in her first two races, I can not imagine what the 15-1 Ariel’s Ryder did to deserve longer odds. I assume I will find out when I get a look at the program.

It should come as no surprise that I will be there to see the race in person. Expect some kind of recap in the days following the race and, of course, lots of pictures.

Also somewhere down Saturday’s card is the first stakes event for Michigan’s three-year-old fillies division, the $50,000 Regret Stakes.

Can Moon Charmer find the winner's circle again this Saturday? Federico Mata poses aboard the winner following the Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

Can Moon Charmer find the winner's circle again this Saturday? Federico Mata poses aboard the winner following the Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course.

The six-furlong Regret features an eleven-horse field, which may very well be the most competitors the track sent to the gates all year.

The field’s lone stakes winner, the Robert Gorham-trained Moon Charmer, will look to reclaim her blacktype success after finishing in the middle of the pack in races at Indiana Downs and Hawthorne Race Course this spring. Owned by Mast Thoroughbreds, LLC, the Indian Charlie filly upset the field, including stablemate and eventual Michigan Two-Year-Old Filly of the Year Skyline Star, in the Michigan Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Pinnacle last November. Jeffrey Skerrett will be in the irons aboard Moon Charmer.

Also entered is maiden winner Silent Tears, who comes in off a week’s rest from her maiden victory. The Gold Case filly scored a front-running win in the Maiden Special Weight event as the 0.80-to-1 favorite, winning by 4 1/2 lengths. She is owned by Felicia Campbell and II B’s Thoroughbred, and is trained by Ronald Allen, Sr.. Federico Mata gets the assignment.

The morning line favorite, Baba Booyah, enters the race off a second place allowance effort on June 9. The Daylight Savings filly was soundly beaten in two Allowance Optional Claiming tries at Hawthorne this March, but broke her maiden in her first start at Pinnacle. Ricardo Barrios retains the mount for owner Marion Gorham and trainer Robert Gorham. 

Here is a full list of entries for Saturday’s Regret Stakes…

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Oh Fiddlestix / G. Laurente / J. R. Jackson / 15-1
2. Flint / J. J. Delgado / J.R. Jackson / 20-1
3. Hakuna Matata / A. O. Stanley / L. R. Uelmen / 8-1
4. Peak of the Storm / R. L. Knott / L. Penner / 7-2
5. In the Frame / L. J. Frazzitta, Jr. / L. R. Uelmen / 20-1
6. The Girl Rolls / O. Bernal / J. R. Jackson / 15-1
7. Moon Charmer / J. Skerrett / R. M. Gorham / 5-1
8. Silent Tears / F. Mata / R. D. Allen, Sr. / 9-2
9. Ittybittymeadow / I. R. Gonzalez / R. M. Gorham / 6-1
10. Creative Secret / M. B. Chen / J. C. Rupert / 12-1
11. Baba Booyah / R. Barrios / R. M. Gorham / 3-1

Also on the stakes schedule for the weekend is Sunday’s $12,500 Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows. The 350-yard race is the first final of the year for Michigan’s three-year-old Quarter Horses.

Anniversary Annie will be one of three horses entered by the Rettele barn in Sunday's Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Richard Rettele is aboard in the photo, but Julie Veltman will get the assignment Sunday.

Anniversary Annie will be one of three horses entered by the Rettele barn in Sunday's Michigan-Bred Derby at Mount Pleasant Meadows. Richard Rettele is aboard in the photo, but Julie Veltman will get the assignment Sunday.

The likely favorite will be Carol Rettele charge Hez Fastforthecash. The Heza Fast Man gelding won stakes races at Mount Pleasant and Beulah Park during his juvenile campaign. He proved his mettle against older competition earlier this year, finishing fourth in the May 24 Spring Sprint Stakes at Mount Pleasant, but only missing the top spot by a neck. Hez Fastforthecash is owned by Coronet Farm and will be ridden by Richard Rettele. 

Another entrant with stakes success is Im The Saint. Owned by Debra Redmond and trained by Renee Wilson, Im The Saint won last year’s GLQHA Stallion Service Sale Futurity. Nate Alcala will get the leg up on Sunday.

Also entered is allowance winner Anniversary Annie. The First Wrangler filly’s lone off-the-board finish was a fourth place effort against Im The Saint in the Stallion Service Sale Futurity. She is owned by Mark Mercer, trained by Carol Rettele, and will be ridden by Julie Veltman.

Here is the field for Sunday’s Michigan-Bred Derby…

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds
1. Mama Cole / No Rider / D. N. Gates / 8-1
1A. Sagas Quick Dash / O. Delgado / A. F. Cunningham / 8-1
2. Red Tail Fox / W. Ortiz / C. Rettele / 12-1
3. Justa Toolin / L. Gates / D. N. Gates / 6-1
4. Anniversary Annie / J. Veltman / C. Rettele / 4-1
5. Spinning Planet / M. Holmes / D. J. Evans / 20-1
6. Hez Fastforthecash / R. Rettele / C. Rettele / 3-5
7. Mood For The Dash / J. F. Delgado / A. F. Cunningham / 10-1
8. Im The Saint / N. Alcala / R. Wilson / 2-1

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