05/04/2010 11:00PM

Head to Toe wins No. 7 in 2010


Head to Toe, Ohio-bred champion 2-year-old male in 2006 after winning the Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes and the Best of Ohio Juvenile Stakes, is currently the winningest horse in North America after romping to a 13-length victory in a starter allowance race last Saturday at Beulah Park, notching his seventh win from nine starts in 2010.

Bred by 2006 champion Ohio owner Elisabeth H. Alexander, Head to Toe has earned $175,160 while posting a record of 13 wins, 4 seconds, and 5 thirds from 37 lifetime starts.

* Thistledown fans witnessed a major upset when Pyrite Gem defeated stablemate and Ohio champion mare Pay the Man by a half-length in Saturday's six-furlong, $50,000 Angenora Stakes. Slides Choice, the 2009 Ohio horse of the year, finished third, three lengths farther back.

* Owner-trainer Anthony Rini's Wings on Springs made his 2010 debut with a 12 1/2-length victory in the seventh race at Thistledown on Friday. The veteran gelding is a force to be reckoned with on the local surface, having won 11 of his 17 starts at Thistledown.

* Jockey Ernesto Oro picked up right where he left off last season, visiting the winner's circle 13 times during the first eight days of racing to lead the rider standings. Frederico Mata is second with six wins, and Ricardo Feliciano is third with five winners.

* Jevon Crumley and Robert Gorham, the top trainer at Pinnacle, are currently tied atop the Thistledown trainer standings with five wins each. Rodney Faulkner and Miguel Feliciano have saddled four winners apiece, while last year's champion Jamie Ness has saddled three winners along with five other trainers.