08/13/2009 12:00AM

Fiery Lake in sharp form


Fiery Lake, winner of the Wolverine Stakes on July 4, will try to duplicate that effort when he takes on seven Michigan-bred colts and geldings in the $20,000 Michigan Breeders' Cup Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

The 1 1/16-mile stakes is carded as the eighth race on a nine-race card which gets underway at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

Fiery Lake will be asked to carry 119 pounds when he looks for his second win of the year. He earned a career-best 87 Beyer when he won the six-furlong Wolverine by nearly five lengths. He then traveled to Presque Isle Downs, where he was nipped by a nose in allowance company.

J.J. Delgado will again ride Fiery Lake for trainer Evelyn Griffin.

Meadow Vespers, who has won four Michigan Sire Stakes, won an allowance at this distance two weeks ago at Thistledown after rallying to be third in the Wolverine. He will be asked to tote high weight of 122 pounds, including jockey Ivan Gonzalez.

Leading trainer Robert Gorham has entered three in the race. Bishop Casey and My First Buck will race coupled in the wagering. Gorham also entered Rhythm in Motion.

Bishop Casey beat Fiery Lake in last year's Mackinac Handicap and is looking for his first win this season. Leading rider Jeffrey Skerrett has the mount on Bishop Casey, while Freddie Mata rides My First Buck

Jareth Loveberry, who began his career at Great Lakes Downs, travels from Presque Isle for his first local mount, which comes aboard All I Can Get.