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Valient Tenobob raw but effective in Michigan Futurity

Despite his best efforts to do otherwise, Valient Tenobob could not stop himself from running away with Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Service Stripe colt was unhurried out of the gate and settled into last on the rail, as Buy The Law, Duty Calls and Duncan took to the lead heading into the first turn. Post time favorite Duty Calls emerged from that group in the turn and led by a length heading into the straightaway. He was chased by Duncan across the backstretch, who quickly gave way heading into the final turn. However, Valient Tenobob was on his way to take Duncan’s place and flew past the leader on the outside.

Valient Tenobob opened up multiple lengths in the turn and moved onto the rail, then things got interesting. As he approached the quarter pole, Valient Tenobob shied away from the whip of jockey Tommy Molina and almost slowed to a halt entering the stretch. That loss of momentum allowed Noequal to get within striking distance at the top of the stretch, but Valient Tenobob re-rallied and left that rival behind. He weaved greenly through the stretch, but did it far enough ahead of his foes that it did not matter, as he crossed the wire seven lengths ahead of Noequal. Equal To finished 8 3/4 lengths behind the runner-up for third.

The final time for the one mile race was 1:45.23 over a fast dirt surface. He was the betting public’s second choice at odds of 2.70-to-one.

Valient Tenobob was homebred in Michigan by trainer James Jackson and Laura Jackson. He is also co-owned by Red Riding Hood Stable LLC.

With the victory, his first in stakes company, Valient Tenobob improved his career record to a perfect three-for-three for earnings of $48,222.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Valient Tenobob (Tommy Molina) 7.40 / 4.80 / 3.40
1 – Noequal (Federico Mata) 3.80 / 2.80
5 – Equal To (Ricardo Barrios) 3.20

One Mile
Time: 1:45.23

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Meadow Magic rallies in three-year-old males Sire Stakes

Meadow Magic became the first horse to win multiple stakes races during Pinnacle Race Course’s 2010 meet in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Sire Stakes for three-year-old colts and geldings.

The Meadow Prayer gelding broke from the outside gate and ran in fourth behind leader Secrets Only as the field made its first pass by the finish line. Secrets Only ran well off the rail heading into the first turn with a length advantage over Prince Of Paulie. The leader continued to stay off the rail and added an additional half length to his lead heading into the backstretch. Prince of Paulie continued to chase the leader across the straightaway, two lengths ahead of Meadow Magic in third. Secrets Only entered the final turn two lengths in front.

The margins remained unchanged at the top of the stretch, but the pack began to reel in the leader as they passed the eighth pole. Meadow Magic assumed the lead on the outside with Prince Of Paulie coming along between the leader and a fading Secrets Only. Under steady urging from jockey Tommy Molina, Meadow Magic crossed the finish line for a 3 1/2 length victory. A late-moving Power Of Titus edged out Prince Of Paulie by a head for the runner-up spot.

Meadow Magic crossed the wire in the mile and one sixteenth race in 1:48.92 over a fast dirt surface. He was the field’s second choice at 1.50-to-0ne.

A Michigan-bred from the farm of Marilyn McMaster, Meadow Magic was sent to the post by trainer James Jackson for owners Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stables LLC. The Sire Stakes was his fourth win from eleven starts and his second stakes score. With the win, his career earnings now total $85,860.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

7 – Meadow Magic (Tommy Molina) 5.00 / 2.40 / 2.80
1 – Power Of Titus (Octavio Bernal) 2.40 / 2.10
5 – Prince Of Paulie (Ronald Allen, Jr.) 2.80

One Mile and One Sixteenth
Time: 1:48.92

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Four Pinnacle jockeys fail breathalyzer, suspended

The Daily Racing Form reports four jockeys at Pinnacle Race Course have been suspended for ten calendar days after failing a breathalyzer test prior to Sunday’s card.

Tommy Molina, Federico Mata, Jeffrey Skerrett, and Wade Rini all registered at least a blood alcohol content of 0.05 per cent, according to Michigan stewards Bob Coberley, Daryl Parker and Richard Garrison. Parker said the tolerance level for riding is less than the 0.08 per cent limit for impaired driving. All of the riders were detained during the remainder of the card while they were given hearings that led to suspensions of 10 calendar days each, which began on Sunday.

Coberley said that Molina had been arrested at some point after Saturday’s card for driving under the influence, and that required his testing, which prompted the entire room to be tested

– C.A Shoemaker, Daily Racing Form

The article states the tests were conducted before Sunday’s races, which led to Pinnacle’s first race being delayed 20 minutes as horsemen worked to find new riders. Molina was scheduled for seven mounts on Sunday. Mata and Rini were booked to ride nine races, while Skerrett had six mounts.

Molina, Mata and Skerrett are currently Pinnacle’s three leading riders by wins. Rini is ranked 18th.

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Moon Charmer repeats as Farer Belle Lee Handicap winner

In her racing career, Moon Charmer has won four of her 15 lifetime starts.

After Saturday’s race, two of those wins have come in consecutive installments of the $50,000 Farer Belle Lee Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

The four-year-old Indian Charlie filly broke in second as Equalitysdebutante took her usual position at the front of the pack on the inside. The leader entered the first turn with a length advantage over post time favorite Baba Booyah and Moon Charmer. Equalitysdebutante continued to open up on that pair throughout the turn and entered the backstretch two lengths in front. The margins and running order of the horses in contention remained unchanged as the field passed the barns and headed into the final turn.

Equalitysdebutante’s lead began to dwindle through the bend, as Baba Booyah moved up to challenge her. While Baba Booyah dealt with the leader, Moon Charmer fought off a challenge for third from Top Touch and In The Frame. A tiring Equalitysdebutante took Baba Booyah wide coming out of the turn, leaving the rail open for Moon Charmer to work her way back into contention. Moon Charmer drew even with the lead pair at the top of the stretch and dueled with Baba Booyah as they left the pacesetter behind. With an eighth of a mile to go, Moon Charmer broke away from Baba Booyah and drew clear under steady urging by jockey Tommy Molina to win by a length and a half. A late-rallying Top Touch overtook Baba Booyah by a nose for the runner-up spot.

Moon Charmer completed the mile and one sixteenth race in 1:47.61 over a sealed muddy surface. Similar to last year’s Farer Belle Lee, Moon Charmer rewarded her backers nicely as the field’s seventh choice at odds of 11.60-to-one.

Owned by Mast Thoroughbreds LLC, Moon Charmer is conditioned by Robert Gorham. Her career earnings now total $117,800.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

4 – Moon Charmer (Tommy Molina) 25.20 / 6.80 / 9.60
3 – Top Touch (Christian Pilares) 8.00 / 5.80
8 – Baba Booyah (Jeffrey Skerrett) 3.00

One mile and one sixteenth
Time: 1:47.61

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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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