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Catch Me Ridin Dirty named A.R.A.B. of Michigan’s Horse of the Year

The connections of Arabian Horse of the Year Catch Me Ridin Dirty celebrate the gelding's victory at A.R.A.B. of Michigan's High Point Awards.

Two years after a 5 1/2-length maiden score on a June afternoon in 2009, the Arabian colony at Mount Pleasant Meadows is still playing catch-up with Catch Me Ridin Dirty.

The gap got a little wider after Catch Me Ridin Dirty was honored with his second Horse of the Year title at last Saturday’s Michigan Association of Racing Arabian Breeders High Point Awards at Stanton’s Clifford Lake Inn.

The five-year-old Aransas HF gelding, who goes by the barn name “Louie” when away from the racetrack, made the most of a shortened 2010 meet, with wins in three of his four starts for earnings of $7,509.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty’s showcase win came in the July 11 Independence Open, where he led at every point of call and drew off in the stretch to win by 3 3/4 lengths over a muddy course.

Homebred in Michigan and trained by Nicole Holst, Catch Me Ridin Dirty was also named Horse of the Year as a three-year-old in 2009. Holst, who earned Trainer of the Year honors, said her gelding will return in 2011 to defend his title once again.

Jockey of the Year Nate Alcala has ridden Catch Me Ridin Dirty in all 10 of his career starts, all at Mount Pleasant. The pair won eight of those starts, including two in stakes company, to earn $19,134.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty finished the evening with additional awards for top four-year-old male and Michigan-bred male.

Leading the evening’s award-winners was Tom and Joyce Fritz’s Hickory Lane Farms, Inc. The Sidney, Mich. farm took home four equine awards, along with the prizes for top owner and breeder.

The standout horse to run under Hickory Lane’s neon green colors was three-year-old-male of the year Get R Done.

The Virgule Al Maury gelding finished a perfect two-for-two in 2010 by a combined 29 lengths. A 23-length victory in the Aug. 1 Michigan Arabian Juvenile Stakes helped Get R Done earn a Darley Award nomination for champion three-year-old colt or gelding.

Michigan-bred Get R Done is trained by Mario Fritz for owner and breeder Tom Fritz. He has amassed career earnings of $5,150.

Get R Done was a runner-up for Horse of the Year honors, along with Stars and Stripes Distaff winner Shestheone and award-winning older male Zanthus Fury.

Behind the jump is the full list of winners from Saturday’s awards and their 2010 statistics.

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Cold Cash 123 wins Grade 1 race, nationally ranked

Cold Cash 123, a Quarter Horse owned and bred in Michigan by Walter and Carolyn Bay’s T-Bill Stables, Inc., continued his successful 2010 campaign with a victory in Sunday’s $250,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park.

On the strength of that win, Cold Cash 123 is currently ranked sixth in the AQHARacing.com-HorsePlayerNow.com national poll for two-year-olds. This week marks his first appearance with an official ranking after receiving votes in previous polls.

Cold Cash 123 has yet to race in Michigan, but his ties to the state go beyond just his birthplace. Walter Bay is the president and co-owner of central Michigan mixed breed track Mount Pleasant Meadows and Carolyn Bay is the vice president of the Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association. Their operation is based in Clare, Mich.

The Oak Tree Special gelding got up at the wire to win by a neck in the 440-yard Southwest Juvenile. He stopped the clock at 21.293 seconds with odds of 9.70-to-one.

Trainer Sleepy Gilbreath gave rider Jose Montoya the leg up aboard Cold Cash 123 for Sunday’s race.

For an Equibase chart of the race, click here.

The Southwest Juvenile was Cold Cash 123’s third win from six lifetime starts. His career earnings total $161,294.

Prior to that race, Cold Cash 123 gained national attention for his impressive two-length victory in the Sept. 6 All-American Juvenile Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. He qualified for the All-American Futurity’s (G1) consolation race after winning the race’s first trial heat, but his time fell below the ten-horse cutoff line for the main event as the day wore on.

For a Sure Bet Racing News feature and photos of the Southwest Juvenile Championship, click here.

For a recap of the race and pedigree analysis from StallionESearch.com, click here.

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