02/06/2013 10:33AM

Michigan horsemen name 2012 champions


The horsemen’s groups for Michigan’s Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Arabian racing divisions each announced their 2012 champions over the weekend.

The Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association revealed its divisional winners on its website, while the Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association and the Association of Racing Arabian Breeders (A.R.A.B.) of Michigan handed out its awards on Saturday at a year-end dinner in Wayland, Mich.

Racing in Michigan was held last year at Mount Pleasant Meadows, a mixed-breed track in the middle of the state that hosts all three breeds. Originally used primarily for Quarter Horses and Arabians, Mount Pleasant took over the state’s Thoroughbred meet upon the closing of Pinnacle Race Course in 2010.

MTOBA did not select a Horse of the Year, but the divisional winners were led in earnings by champion older male Power of Titus, who won six of 14 starts racing in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, for earnings of $88,847. The 6-year-old Secret Romeo gelding won two stakes races in 2012, highlighted by an 8 ¼-length victory in the 4-year-olds and up males division of the Michigan Sire Stakes on Sept. 30.

Bred by Michigan by Guy and Deb Russell, Power of Titus was campaigned by owner and trainer Delcor Waite.

The Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association also did not select Horses of the Year among its Chart Book, Michigan-bred, or Paint Horse champions. Because of their small breeding programs, the Quarter Horse and Arabian awards were largely based on performance at Mount Pleasant, and were open to horses bred in any state, unless specifically noted.

Championships from the GLQHA were restricted to horses that had at least three starts at Mount Pleasant in 2012, which explains why multiple Grade 1-winning Quarter Horse Cold Cash 123, who spent his entire campaign in the Southwest, did not receive any awards.

The leading earner among the Chart Book champions, considered the “open division” awards for the Mount Pleasant meet, was top 4-year-old Princess Royal Blew.

The Royal Blue Chew Chew filly was winless in eight starts in 2012, including three at Mount Pleasant, but she banked earnings of $27,717 racing in Michigan and Indiana. The bulk of her earnings came from a runner-up finish in the Blue River Derby Stakes on June 30 at Indiana Downs. Bred in Indiana by owner Coronet Farm, Princess Royal Blew is trained by Carol Rettele.

The GLQHA’s Michigan-bred award-winner that banked the most money in 2012 was champion 3-year-old male Jimmy James 123, who won three of 11 starts for earnings of $11,628.

The Ivory James gelding broke his maiden in his first start of the year on May 5, and wrapped up his campaign with a front-running victory in a Speed Index race on Oct. 13. Jimmy James 123 was homebred in Michigan by T Bill Stable—the same connections that bred and raced world champions Cold Cash 123 and I Do One Two Three—and trained by Jay Hall.

Michigan’s Paint Horses were led in earnings by champion 3-year-old and up female Uno Machine, who won four of eight starts for $15,020. The 5-year-old Dos Poruno mare has arguably been Michigan’s most consistent Paint Horse since her debut in 2010, winning 9 of 15 career starts over three seasons of racing and missing the board only once. Uno Machine was homebred in Michigan by Dave and Shirley Gates, and is also trained by Dave Gates.

A.R.A.B. of Michigan was the only one of the horsemen’s groups to designate a Horse of the Year for 2012, bestowing the honor upon DJs Double Trouble.

The five-year-old Double Djeopardy mare won three of six starts for earnings of $10,533, the most among Arabians at Mount Pleasant during the 2012 meet. Her most dominant effort came in an allowance race on September 23, where she led at every point of call and drew off to win by 6 ¾ lengths. She followed that effort with a runner-up finish to Amanda BBF in the Purina Arabian Distaff Stakes on October 6.

Bred in Michigan by owner Leon Silber, DJs Double Trouble is trained by Nicole Holst. She also took home honors as champion 4-year-old female and Michigan-bred female.

A full list of divisional winners from all three breeders’ organizations can be found below.

MTOBA Champions

Champion 2-year-old filly: Here She Comes
Fire Blitz-Elegant Trip, by Trippi
Owner: Felicia Campbell
Trainer: Ronald Allen Sr.
Breeder: Campbell Stables (MI)

Champion 2-year-old male: Art I Awesome
Equality-City Talk, by Carson City
Owner: Marion Gorham
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder: Opportunity Lane (MI)

Champion 3-year-old filly: War Play
War Image-Tune Lender, by Banker’s Gold
Owner: Felicia Campbell
Trainer: Ronald Allen Sr.
Breeder: Campbell Stable (MI)

Champion 3-year-old male: Moving Style
Meadow Prayer-Stylish Factor, by Native Factor
Owner: Ron Dowdy
Trainer: Shane Spiess
Breeder: Marcia Arnold & James Arnold (MI)

Champion older female: Evil Secret
Secret Romeo-Eve’s Trick, by Matchlite
Owner: II B’s Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Ronald Allen Sr.
Breeder Patti Dickinson (MI)

Champion older male: Power of Titus
Secret Romeo-C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan
Owner/Trainer: Delcor Waite
Breeder: Guy D. Russell & Deborah R. Russell (MI)

Broodmare of the Year: C R Emmaus Road
Rehaan-Arbitrage Honey, by Apalachee
Dam of one stakes winner (Power of Titus) and one stakes-placed (Comeflywithanangel).
Owner: Guy D. Russell & Deborah R. Russell

Stallion of the Year: Meadow Prayer
Meadowlake-My Prayer, by Hero’s Honor
Sire of 24 starters, including two stakes winners (Moving Style, Prayer Salute) and two stakes-placed (Meadow Wise, Paris Prayer)

Breeder of the Year: Campbell Stables
21 winners; 46 wins; Earnings: $447,333
One stakes winner (Here She Comes); Three stakes-placed (Heres Hope, War Play, Sean Who)

Small Breeder of the Year: Dickinson Farm
4 winners;12 wins; $144,317
Two stakes winners (Bubbicious, Evil Secret); One stakes placed (West Hawk)

Owner of the Year: Felicia Campbell
12 winners; 25 wins; Earnings: $144,317
One Stakes winner (Here She Comes); Two stakes-placed (War Play, Sean Who)

GLQHA Chart Book Champions

Champion 2-year-old female: Request and Achieve
Achievement-Hooked Request, by Hooked on Cash
Owner: David and Shirley Gates
Trainer: David Gates
Breeder: Mark and/or Jill Decker (IN)

Champion 2-year-old male: Im a Money Maker
Planetary-Surely Dash N Tuff, by Timeto Get Tuff
Owner/Breeder: Kim Gates (IN)
Trainer: David Gates

Champion 3-year-old female: Princess Royal Blew
Royal Blue Chew Chew-Kittens Line, by Sun Line
Owner/Breeder: Coronet Farm (IN)
Trainer: Carol Rettele

Champion 3-year-old male: Seiswho
Tres Seis-Precious Debutante, by Heza Fast Man
Owner/Breeder: Walter Harrison (TX)
Trainer: Carol Rettele

Champion aged female: Rise Above the Trees
Oak Tree Special-Dash for Spear It, by Dashing Cleat
Owner/Breeder: David and Tammy Lewis (MI)
Trainer: Anthony Cunningham

GLQHA Michigan-Bred Champions

Champion 3-year-old filly: Lads Concept
Monti’s Lad-One Grand Concept, by One Gem
Owner/Trainer/Breeder: Sue Belden (MI)

Champion 3-year-old male: Jimmy James 123
Ivory James-Fanci Ending 123, by Dashing Cleat
Owner/Breeder: T Bill Stables Inc. (MI)
Trainer: Jay Hall

Champion aged female: Rise Above the Trees
Oak Tree Special-Dash for Spear It, by Dashing Cleat
Owner/Breeder: David and Tammy Lewis (MI)
Trainer: Anthony Cunningham

Champion aged male: Justa Toolin
Jody O Toole-Dashing Shady, by Dashing Cleat
Owner/Breeder: Kim Gates (MI)
Trainer: Brad Gates

GLQHA Paint Horse Champions

Champion 3-year-old or older female: Uno Machine
Dos Poruno-Magical Dreams, by Raise a Jet
Owner/Breeder: David and Shirley Gates (MI)
Trainer: David Gates

Champion 3-year-old or older male: Love That Shotgun
Shotgun Windy-Love That Lucy, by Jags Eternal
Owner/Trainer/Breeder: Dar Howard (MI)

GLQHA Champion High Point Trainer: Anthony Cunningham

GLQHA Champion High Point Jockey: Lee Gates

GLQHA Champion High Point Owner: Dave and Shirley Gates

A.R.A.B. of Michigan Champions

Champion 3-year-old male: Here Comes The Boom
Aransas HF-HF Geneva, by Origan
Owner/Trainer: Nicole Holst
Breeder: David Holst (MI)

Champion 4-year-old male: Chndako
Chndaka-Viramika, by Virgule Al Maury
Owner/Breeder: Lapco Arabians (KY)
Trainer: Keven Williams

Champion 4-year-old female: DJs Double Trouble
Double Djeopardy-Biharos Shahara, by Biharo
Owner/Breeder: Leon Silber (MI)
Trainer: Nicole Holst

Champion older male: Wodkka
Wojslaw-Little Princcess, by Monarch AH
Owner/Breeder: Daniel and Everetta Woods (TX)
Trainer: Nicole Holst

Champion older female: Whos My Daddy
Haffir El Rimal-Mellonah, by Mellon
Owner/Trainer: Tammie Briggs
Breeder: Trackside Farm (FL)

Michigan-bred male of the year: Here Comes The Boom

Michigan-bred female of the Year: DJs Double Trouble

Horse of the Year: DJs Double Trouble

Arabian breeder and owner of the year: Dan and Everetta Woods

Arabian jockey of the year: Nate Alcala

Arabian trainer of the year: Nicole Holst