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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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Campbell Stables, Arnold Farm clean up at MTOBA year-end awards

After three years of success on the racetrack, the only question that remains surrounding Campbell Stables’ prized filly Valley Loot is where to go from here.

The four-year-old Demaloot Demashoot filly threw two more awards, including another Michigan Horse of the Year nod, onto her already impressive heap of honors at Sunday’s Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards banquet and silent auction.

I always enjoy going to the MTOBA banquet. It gives me an opportunity to talk to people in the business and acquire some memorabilia and reading material for the coming year in the silent auction.

However, being a quasi-broke college student in a room full of people with money (I know a lot of horsemen are hurting financially right now, but if you can afford to feed a double-digit herd for more than 15 minutes, you probably have more in the bank than I do) makes going home with the big-ticket items tough.

This year’s marquee item(s) was a set of paintings, one of Barbaro and one of Secretariat, signed by each horse’s owner and jockey. I do not recall how much the set sold for, but the last time I checked on it, the high bid was somewhere in the $500 range.

I was disappointed to see some of the higher-end items I had my eye on (an A.P. Indy halter and a print of a Keeneland painting) go for more than I was willing to spend, but I still managed to leave with $120 worth of books for me and Christmas gifts for the family.  

One more thing about the auction. It was surprising to see most of the stallion seasons go completely untouched.

Though I did not watch the bids that closely, the only stallion I saw getting any action at all was Service Stripe, who will make his return to Michigan in 2009 after standing in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.Unless someone placed some bids after I last checked their sheets, proven sires like Demaloot Demashoot and promising ones like Elusive Hour and Monetary Star did not receive a single bid. 

If I had a broodmare, I could have done quite well for myself, snagging up breedings to some decent Michigan stallions for less than half their posted stud fees. Of course, the breeding and sales industries are hurting so badly, both locally and nationally, that it seems no one is looking to breed, and rightfully so. From that standpoint, I can understand the lack of bids, but from the perspective of someone constantly looking for that good deal, I was left scratching my head.

But you’re not here to read about my fortunes in the silent auction, are you?

Let’s have a look at this year’s award nominees and see who took home the prizes…

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Valley Loot named Pinnacle’s top Thoroughbred

Jockey Mike Allen twirls his whip in victory after Pinnacle Horse of the Meet Valley Loot's Sire Stakes victory.

Jockey Mike Allen twirls his whip in victory after Pinnacle Horse of the Meet Valley Loot's Sire Stakes win.

Winning is nothing new to Valley Loot.

The four-year-old Demaloot Demashoot filly has done little else but finish first in her career, winning Sire Stakes races in two straight years and tallying up eight other stakes victories at Pinnacle Race Course and Great Lakes Downs.

All that success led to plenty of honors, including 2007 Michigan Horse of the year. Valley Loot added yet another trophy to her case on Saturday after winning the inaugural Horse of the Meet title at Pinnacle Race Course.

Pretty much all of the information in this post comes from the Daily Racing Form website. To see the original story by C.A. Shoemaker, click here.

If you are still here, I will go on…

The awards were presented in the Pinnacle Pavilion following last Saturday’s card. Track announcer Matt Hook selected the winners in each division, as well as leading owner, trainer, jockey and claiming horse.

While many of winners were fairly predictable, there were a few that could be open to debate, namely the three-year-old male division. However, considering that the awards were based solely on performance at the New Boston racetrack, not on the individual’s complete body of work, .

With that in mind, let us take a look at this year’s winners…
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