08/12/2010 3:47PM

Gorham saddles three for Michigan Breeders’ Cup Handicap


Leading trainer Robert Gorham will saddle half of the six-horse field, including the favored entry of Meadow Wise and Bishop Casey, in Saturday’s $20,000 Michigan Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course. For Michigan-bred 3-year-olds and older, the 44th running of the 1 1/16-mile fixture will be the eighth race on the card and is scheduled for 5:46 p.m. Eastern.

Meadow Wise is one of five starters returning from the July 3 Wolverine Stakes. Meadow Wise was seventh that day, beaten by 5 1/2 lengths, but came back July 31 to win an allowance race by a similar margin. Jeffrey Skerrett gets the return mount on the Henry Mast-owned gelding, who had a win and three seconds in stakes action here last year.

Mast also owns Bishop Casey, who was fourth in the Wolverine. Leading rider Tommy Molina gets the call on Bishop Casey.
Gorham’s third runner is Out With a Bang, who is owned by Judith Worline and Erin Gorham. A stakes winner, he drew off to win his last two starts, both in July. Octavio Bernal is the rider.

Perfect Start, the second choice on the morning line, was beaten a head in the Wolverine and has since run third, beaten a half-length, in an optional claimer at Thistledown. Trained by Sandy Adkins for Charlie Williams, Perfect Start overcame trouble three times last year to win the Mackinac Handicap at Pinnacle. He is 1-1-2 in 4 starts this year and gets regular rider Alexis Ortiz.

Rounding out the field are Michigan Sire Stakes winners Romeo Again and Meadow Vespers. Meadow Vespers won last year’s Michigan Breeders’ Cup Handicap.