07/07/2009 11:00PM

Mata now third in Pinnacle standings


Freddie Mata posted a riding triple at Pinnacle on Tuesday to move into third place in the standings with 16 wins. He trails only Ricardo Barrios (21) and Jeffrey Skerrett (18).

Mata won his second straight race on Chicago invader Negra Noche ($7) in the third race for trainer Frank Kirby and owner Avers Wexler. He then won the fourth on Portage Creek ($5.20) for leading trainer Robert Gorham and owner Henry Mast. Mata completed his triple with She s Got the Loot ($13.20) for owner-trainer Shane Spiess in the seventh. Spiess also won the opener with Act Up ($20).

* A memorial service was held Saturday for trainer Bob Wood, 75, of New Boston. Wood, a longtime trainer in the state, died just hours after winning a golf match with Pinnacle regulars. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, sons Tim and Robert, and several grandchildren.

* On July 13, Pinnacle will add Monday to its Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday schedule. This Monday at 1 p.m., the track will host a dog show with Pinnacle valet John Flowers and his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Spencer Lococo. Flowers, who has worked on the racetrack in many roles for several decades, is a cancer survivor and is raising donations for the American Cancer Society.