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Meadow Magic named MTOBA’s 2010 Horse of the Year

The connections of Michigan Horse of the Year Meadow Magic celebrate their victory with MTOBA president Patti Dickinson.

Meadow Magic took his place among Michigan’s elite after earning Horse of the Year honors at Sunday’s Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association year-end awards dinner.

The three-year-old Meadow Prayer gelding punched his ticket on the strength of his wins in this year’s Dowling Stakes and Michigan Sire Stakes, along with finishes on the board in the Mackinac Handicap and Lansing Stakes, all at Pinnacle Race Course. He was the only horse to win multiple stakes races during Pinnacle’s 2010 meet.

Meadow Magic is owned by Laura Jackson and Red Riding Hood Stable, the nom de race of George and Chrissy Kutlenios. He resides in the barn of trainer James Jackson. Those connections celebrated another award earlier in afternoon when Paris Prayer was named champion two-year-old filly.

Arnold Farm, perennially successful at the year-end awards, had another strong showing in 2010. The Hillsdale Mich. farm accounted for four trophies on the afternoon, including Breeder of the Year. Co-Stallion of the Year Meadow Prayer, who stood at Arnold Farm, sired the most award-winners in 2010, with three divisional champions, as well as the horse of the year.

Also taking home their fair share of awards was Owner of the Year Mast Thoroughbreds, who earned honors in both older horse divisions.

On a personal note, I took home my usual awesome haul in the silent auction. I came home with box seats and a dinner package from Arlington Park (got this last year and it was awesome), a gift basket from Hoosier Park and an American Racing Manual from 1972.

As one of the people who helped broker donations for the silent auction, I would like to personally thank Arabian Finish Line Magazine, Midwest Thoroughbred Magazine, Hoosier Park, ThoroFan and Hello Race Fans for their generosity. Others who donated include publications Thoroughbred Times, Blood Horse and Daily Racing Form; information services Equineline and BRISNet; racing organizations Breeders’ Cup and NTRA; stallion farms Adena Springs, Darley America, Hill ‘n Dale Farm and Winstar Farm; and many more, including contributions by several MTOBA members.

One final note related to the silent auction – The Zenyatta Breyer Christmas ornament is easily the Tickle-Me-Elmo of the 2010 holiday season. Its combination of low supply, high demand and the white-hot popularity of its subject make it a coveted item. There was one offered in the silent auction, and it did not take long for it to surpass its Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. For those that seek it, I can only wish them good luck on their journey.

For a list of all the nominees and winners from the 2010 MTOBA year-end awards, click the link below.

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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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Soph fillies supremacy up for grabs in Michigan Oaks

Michigan’s jumbled three-year-old fillies division will get one step closer to shaking itself out in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Oaks at Pinnacle Race Course.

Eight Michigan-bred fillies will challenge the mile and one sixteenth race, including the winners of Pinnacle’s two stakes races run earlier in the meet for the division. Last year’s Michigan Oaks was won by Baba Booyah.

The field is led by Ann Arbor Stakes winner Top Touch. A daughter of Touch Gold, Top Touch won the Aug. 7 race by 5 1/4 lengths after dueling with Cute Creation, also entered in the Michigan Oaks, and pulling clear in the stretch. Alexis Ortiz will get the leg up from trainer Sandra Adkins for owner Charlie Williams.

After skipping the Ann Arbor, Star Sheba returns to Pinnacle’s stakes ranks after trips to Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Elusive Hour filly won the Regret Stakes at Pinnacle on July 10 with a wire-to-wire trip. She enters the Michigan Oaks off a runner-up effort in an Aug. 31 allowance race at Mountaineer. Star Sheba is owned by Elkhorn Oaks, Inc. and trained by James Jackson. Tommy Molina will be in irons for Saturday’s race.

Also entered is Robert Gorham-trained De La Crem. The Island Storm filly comes into the Michigan Oaks off a five length front-running score in an Aug. 21 allowance race at Pinnacle. Jeffrey Skerrett will wear the colors of owner Mast Thoroughbreds, LLC in the race.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Hustle Now / O Bernal / L R Uelmen / 4-1
2. Star Sheba / T Molina / J R Jackson / 7-2
3. Fully Exposed / F Mata / J R Jackson / 10-1
4. Top Touch / A Ortiz / S M Adkins / 8-5
5. Cute Creation / J E Collazo, Jr. / G E Terrien / 15-1
6. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 10-1
7. Run with Rachel / R Barrios / L Penner / 8-1
8. Skys Red Roxy / J J Delgado / D Cluley / 12-1

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Top Touch triumphs in Ann Arbor Stakes

Top Touch won Saturday’s $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course with a stalking trip and plenty left in the tank to pull away in the stretch.

The three-year-old Touch Gold filly broke in second and sat on the outside hip of leader Cute Creation as they headed into the clubhouse turn. Run With Rachel headed up the second wave about three lengths behind the front pair. Cute Creation continued to lead across the backstretch and pulled away a bit from Top Touch to lead by a length. Top Touch began to whittle away at the advantage heading into the final turn and came to even terms with the leader at the top of the bend.

The pair traded head bobs thrrough the first half of of the turn, but Top Touch disposed of Cute Creation as they made the turn for home. Top Touch was ahead by three lengths at the top of the stretch and remained unchallenged to the wire on his way to a 5 1/4 length victory under right hand urging from jockey Alexis Ortiz. Run With Rachel continued her even trip for second, followed by Hustle Now.

Top Touch completed the one mile race in 1:42.94 over a fast dirt surface. She was the fourth choice in the Ann Arbor with odds of 4.80-to-one. Post time favorite Fully Exposed passed tired rivals to finish fifth.

Top Touch was homebred in Michigan by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. The Ann Arbor was her third win from seven starts and her second in stakes competition. Her career earnings now total $63,605.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Top Touch (Alexis Ortiz) 11.60 / 5.20 / 5.20
1 – Run with Rachel (Ricardo Barrios) 10.00 / 5.00
4 – Hustle Now (Jose Delgado) 2.80

One Mile
Time: 1:42.94

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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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Top Touch, Sahmmy Falls prevail in Michigan Juvenile Championships

Sahmmy Falls stuns in Michigan Futurity

Sahmmy Falls battled in the stretch and shocked the field to win Saturday’s $62,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Sahm colt broke with a crowded lead pack, fronted by post time favorite Hour By Hour on the rail. Hour By Hour opened up a half-length advantage heading into the turn, with Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie giving chase heading into the backstretch. Meadow Magic pressured the leader from the outside, but Hour By Hour pulled away to a comfortable lead. He was pressured again heading into the final turn by Prince of Paulie, Meadow Magic and Sahmmy Falls, the latter of which quickly backed off his charge.

Hour By Hour rapidly gave way in the turn, which left the lead to be contested by Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie. The rail also opened up for Sahmmy Falls to come back into contention. The trio locked up through the stretch, with Sahmmy Falls on the rail, inside Meadow Magic and Prince of Paulie. Sahmmy Falls took his momentum to the front with a furlong to go and drove to the wire under strong left hand urging by jockey Godofredo Laurente. He prevailed by a neck over a gaining Prince of Paulie. Dream Victory rallied six-wide to take third place. Hour By Hour faded to eleventh.

Sahmmy Falls completed the one mile race in 1:42.98 over a fast track at bank-breaking odds of 49.30-to-one.

Sahmmy Falls is homebred in Michigan and trained by Shane Spiess. The Michigan Futurity was the colt’s second win from six starts, and his first in stakes company. His career earnings now total $47,760.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

3 – Sahmmy Falls (Godofredo Laurente) 100.60 / 90.00 / 25.80
11 – Prince of Paulie (J.J. Delgado) 7.20 / 4.80
6 – Dream Victory (Augusto Marin) 8.00

One Mile
Time: 1:42.98

Top Touch wins stretch duel in Michigan Juvenile Fillies

It was a rough going in the stretch, but Top Touch got the best of rival De La Crem to win Saturday’s $56,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

The Touch Gold filly contested the early lead from the outside with Maximimi and Electric Venus. Maximimi took command heading into the clubhouse turn and opened up a length and a half advantage after a quarter mile. She maintained her lead across most of the backstretch, but Top Touch kept with the pressure on the outside and eventually drew even as they approached the final turn. De La Crem also began to approach the front.

Top Touch overtook her rival in the turn, as Maximimi gave way. De La Crem moved up to challenge Top Touch on the outside and held a slight edge as the pair hit the top of the stretch. The rivals stuck tight to each other and made contact on several occasions throughout the stretch drive. However, Top Touch managed to extend to a neck advantage in the final strides to win the race under jockey Alexis Ortiz. Electric Venus stalked the lead pair to finish 3 1/2 lengths behind De La Crem for third.

The time for the one mile race was 1:44.94 on a fast track. Top Touch was the post time favorite at odds of 1.20-to-one.

Top Touch is homebred in Michigan by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. The victory improved her career record to two wins from four starts, including her first stakes score. The Michigan Juvenile Fillies triumph increased her career earnings to $51,520.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

5 – Top Touch (Alexis Ortiz) 4.40 / 4.00 / 2.80
6 – De La Crem (Jeffrey Skerrett) 3.00 / 3.00
1 – Electric Venus (Angel Stanley) 3.20

One Mile
Time: 1:44.94

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Michigan Juvenile Championships Preview

Division title up for grabs in Michigan Futurity

Hour By Hour can clinch his division's title with a victory in the Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

Hour By Hour can clinch his division's title with a victory in the Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

After Hour By Hour and Prince of Paulie swapped finishing positions in their two previous meetings, Michigan’s two-year-old male division was thrown into a stalemate.

The pair will face off against a full field of 12 in the one mile rubber match to decide the crop’s top runner in Saturday’s $50,000 Michigan Futurity at Pinnacle Race Course.

Hour By Hour got the best of his rival during their most recent meeting in the Oct. 3 Michigan Sires Juvenile at Pinnacle. The Elusive Hour colt took his usual front-running path to the finish in that race to prevail by three lengths. Hour By Hour is owned Valerie Irvine and Laura Jackson and is trained by James Jackson. Federico Mata will retain the mount following his win in the Sire Stakes.

Prince of Paulie staked his claim to the two-year-old male title in the Sept. 12 Patrick Wood Stakes at Pinnacle. The Meadow Prayer gelding followed up with a third place finish in the Sire Stakes, his most recent start. J.J. Delgado will ride Prince of Paulie for owner John Mack and trainer Richard Rettele.

Because Hour By Hour and Prince of Paulie both favor front-running styles, the two could find each other battling for the lead in the race’s early goings. If that happens, a horse who has shown some tactical speed could take advantage of the situation. Power of Titus moved up from well back to finish a length behind Prince of Paulie in the Patrick Wood and could benefit from the added distance. The Secret Romeo colt took a step back in the Sire Stakes, with a fifth place finish in his most recent start. He is owned and trained by Del Waite. Mike Roll will pick up the mount aboard Power of Titus.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Hour By Hour / F Mata / J R Jackson / 5-2
2. A Love Away / No Rider / R D Allen, Sr. / 30-1
3. Sahmmy Falls / G Laurente / S M Spiess / 20-1
4. Geta Ticket / A O Stanley / D Kueffner / 6-1
5. Terko Service / W A Barnett / R D Allen, Sr. / 30-1
6. Dream Victory / A A Marin / J R Jackson / 5-1
7. Ready To Tango / A Ortiz / L R Uelmen / 15-1
8. Power of Titus / M Roll / D D Waite / 10-1
9. Sunny Stripe / No Rider / R M Gorham / 20-1
10. Meadow Magic / J Skerrett / J R Jackson / 9-2
11. Prince of Paulie / J J Delgado / R J Rettele / 4-1
12. Wild Alex / J M Camejo / A Macias / 30-1

Stakes runners-up square off in Michigan Juvenile Fillies

Top Touch will shoot for her first stakes score in the Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

Top Touch will shoot for her first stakes score in the Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

With likely division champion Hustle Now taking a well-deserved break, the two horses who finished behind her in this year’s stakes races will take center stage in Saturday’s one mile $50,000 Michigan Juvenile Fillies at Pinnacle Race Course.

Top Touch never got a chance to redeem herself for her second place finish in Sept. 12 Sickle’s Image Stakes because she was not eligible for the Sire Stakes. In the Sickle’s Image, the Touch Gold filly battled down the stretch with Hustle Now and begrudgingly gave way as the wire approached. Top Touch is owned by Charlie Williams and trained by Sandra Adkins. Alexis Ortiz will be in the irons.

De La Crem was a mild surprise in the Oct. 3 Sire Stakes, with a runner-up finish at odds of 15.20-to-one. The Island Storm filly moved up from the middle of the pack to come within a length and a half of Hustle Now, but the leader’s closing kick was too much for the field to handle. Bob Gorham trains De La Crem for Mast Thoroughbreds LLC. Regular rider Jeffrey Skerrett will have the assignment.

Also entered is the only filly to have started in both her division’s stakes races this year, Fortune in Gold. The Secret Romeo filly comes off a late-gaining third place finish in the Sire Stakes. J.J. Delgado will ride Fortune in Gold for owner Steve Prain and trainer Dave Kueffner.

#. Horse / Jockey / Trainer / Odds

1. Electric Venus / A O Stanley / R R Russell / 8-1
2. Fortune in Gold / J J Delgado / D Kueffner / 4-1
3. Maximimi / F Mata / R M Gorham / 12-1
4. Itsabouttimeiz / A A Marin / D D Waite / 20-1
5. Top Touch / A Ortiz / S M Adkins / 7-5
6. De La Crem / J Skerrett / R M Gorham / 2-1

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