02/10/2014 11:19AM

Michigan horsemen name 2013 champions


Michigan’s Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, and Arabian horsemen’s groups announced their year-end awards for the 2013 racing season.

The Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (MTOBA) revealed its divisional winners on its website, while the Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association (GLQHA) and Association of Racing Arabian Breeders (A.R.A.B.) of Michigan held a joint year-end dinner on Jan. 18 at Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland, Mich.

All three breeds raced at mid-Michigan mixed breed track Mount Pleasant Meadows in 2013.

For a third straight year, MTOBA did not select a Horse of the Year, though it did name divisional champions and honored the state’s leading owner and breeding operations. The equine awards finished in step with the winners of the 2013 Michigan Sire Stakes races, held on Sept. 22 at Mount Pleasant.

Power of Titus earned his second consecutive title as Michigan’s champion older male. The 7-year-old Secret Romeo gelding won four of eight starts in 2013 for earnings of $64,305. His season was highlighted by a 6 ½-length victory in the Sire Stakes’ older males division, in which he established a track record at Mount Pleasant for 1 1/16 miles for a second consecutive year. Delcor Waite owns and trains the gelding.

Charlies Fire was named Michigan’s champion older female, and was the highest earner among this year’s divisional winners, with seven victories in 11 starts for $72,565. Co-bred, owned and trained by Ronald Allen Sr., the 7-year-old Fire Blitz mare finished her campaign winning seven of eight starts, finishing second in her lone defeat. That run was highlighted by a front-running 1 ½-length victory in the older female division of the Sire Stakes.

Henry Mast’s Mast Thoroughbreds LLC was named Michigan’s owner of the year, with three of the year’s six divisional champions running under his colors. Mast swept the 2-year-old divisions with filly Afternoon Prayer and colt Al’s Prayer, and champion 3-year-old male Art I Awesome continued his run of success after finishing as Michigan’s top juvenile male last year.

Campbell Stables, owned by Jerry and Lisa Campbell, earned breeder of the year honors for a second straight year, as the breeder or co-breeder of sophomore female winner Im All Business and older female Charlies Fire.

Because of their small breeding programs, the Quarter Horse and Arabian awards were based strictly on performance at Mount Pleasant, and were open to horses bred in any state, unless specifically noted.

Among the GLQHA award winners, Dash of Cajun Magic was the recipient of two honors, taking home the organization’s Chart Book champion older gelding award, as well as champion Michigan-bred older gelding. The 5-year-old son of Panther Mountain won two of 10 starts for $15,045 racing as a homebred for Michael and Carrie Bale. Michael Bale also trains the horse.

Uno Machine, a perennial leading paint horse in Michigan, was once again named the state’s champion aged paint mare. The 6-year-old Dos Poruno mare won two of four starts during her 2013 campaign for $7,580. Uno Machine was homebred in Michigan by Dave and Shirley Gates, who were also named GLQHA champion high point owners, and trained by Dave Gates.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty was named A.R.A.B. of Michigan’s Horse of the Year for the third time in five seasons of racing, having previously earned the title in 2009 and 2010. The 8-year-old son of Aransas HF was also named Michigan’s champion older male for a second time, emulating his 2011 season, and he earned Michigan-bred male of the year honors for the fourth time in five years.

Catch Me Ridin Dirty was retired at the end of his 2013 campaign to become an endurance horse. He was bred and trained by Nicole Holst and owned by Jolene Sweet.

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

Michigan TOBA Champions

Champion 2-year-old female: Afternoon Prayer
B. f., 2011, by Meadow Prayer—April Afternoon, by Pauliano
Owner: Mast Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder: Dallas Titus and Deborah Miley (MI)

Champion 2-year-old male: Al’s Prayer
B. c., 2011, by Meadow Prayer—Al’s Leader, by First Albert
Owner: Mast Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder: Deborah Arnold-Miley (MI)

Champion 3-year-old female: Im All Business
dk. b. or br. f., 2010, by War Image—Bad Thing, by Circus Surprise
Owner/Breeder: Felicia Campbell/Campbell Stable (MI)
Trainer: Ronald Allen Sr.

Champion 3-year-old male: Art I Awesome
Ch. g., 2010, by Equality—City Talk, by Carson City
Owner: Mast Thoroughbreds LLC
Trainer: Robert Gorham
Breeder: Opportunity Lane

Champion older female: Charlies Fire
Ch. m., 2007, by Fire Blitz—Charlies Indian, by Indian Charlie
Owner/Trainer: Ronald Allen Sr.
Breeder: Ronald Allen Sr. and Felica Allen (MI)

Champion older male: Power of Titus
Gr. or ro. g., 2007, by Secret Romeo—C R Emmaus Road, by Rehaan
Owner/Trainer: Delcor Waite
Breeder: Guy Duane Russell and Deborah Rene Russell (MI)

Broodmare of the Year: Charlies Indian

Stallion of the Year: Meadow Prayer

Breeder of the Year: Campbell Stable

Small Breeder of the Year: Opportunity Lane

Owner of the Year: Mast Thoroughbreds

GLQHA Chart Book Champions

Champion 3-year-old filly: Dorothy’s Doll
Sor. f., 2010, by Scrutinizer—Dorothy Dorothy, by Heza Fast Man
Owner: Amy Piper
Trainer: Tim Eggelston
Breeder: Janet Corlis (TX)

Champion 3-year-old gelding: Im A Money Maker
B. g., 2010, by Planetary—Surely Dash N Tuff, by Timeto Get Tuff
Owner/Breeder: Kim Gates (IN)
Trainer: Brad Gates

Champion aged stallion: Dr Wicked
Ch. h., 2009, by Dash Ta Fame—Wicked Wandie, by Chicks Beduino
Owner: Chelsie L. Webb
Trainer: Tim Eggelston
Breeder: Jane McGuire and Dolores Burdine (NM)

Champion aged mare: Streak N to the Moon
B. m., 2009, by Streakin La Jolla—Runnin Jessie Orchid, by Marthas Six Moons
Owner: Paul Lettinga
Trainer: Tim Eggelston
Breeder: Byron Gardner (TX)

Champion aged gelding: Dash of Cajun Magic
Br. g., 2009, by Panther Mountain—Joys Special Lady, by Special Effort
Owner/Breeder: Michael and Carrie Bale (MI)
Trainer: Michael Bale

GLQHA Michigan-Bred Champions

Champion aged mare: Ms Easy Corona
Ch. m., 2008, by The Corona—Granny Go Easy, by Easy Jet
Owner: Hanna Simpson
Trainer: Tim Eggelston
Breeder: Ludlow Enterprises Inc. (MI)

Champion aged gelding: Dash of Cajun Magic

GLQHA Paint Horse Champions

Champion aged mare: Uno Machine
Sor. m., 2008, by Dos Poruno—Magical Dreams, by Raise a Jet
Owner/Breeder: David and Shirley Gates (MI)
Trainer: David Gates

GLQHA Champion High Point Trainer: Tim Eggelston

GLQHA Champion High Point Jockey: Natasha Fritz

GLQHA Champion High Point Owner: Dave and Shirley Gates

A.R.A.B. of Michigan Champions

Champion 3-year-old: DJs Double O Seven
Ch. c., 2010, by Double Djeopardy—Proofs Primavera, by NF Proof
Owner/Breeder: Leon Silber (MI)
Trainer: Nicole Holst

Champion 4-year-old: Noble Czar
Ch, h., 2009, Nahzar De Blaziet—MW Princess Z, by K A Czubuthan
Owner: Jesse Norton
Trainer: Mallory Norton
Breeder: Tricia Schibik (TX)

Champion older male: Catch Me Ridin Dirty
Ch. g., 2006, by Aransas HF—HF Geneva, by Origan
Owner: Jolene Sweet
Trainer/Breeder: Nicole Holst (MI)

Champion older female: First Kiss HLF
B. m., 2007, by Chndaka—Steal A Kiss, by Forty Thieves
Owner/Breeder: Tom Fritz (MI)
Trainer: Mario Fritz

Michigan-bred male: Catch Me Ridin Dirty

Michigan-bred female: First Kiss HLF

Claimer of the Year: WB Barbie

Horse of the Year: Catch Me Ridin Dirty

Owner of the Year: Tom Fritz

Trainer of the Year: Nicole Holst

Jockey of the Year: Ricardo Barrios

Breeder of the Year: Tricia Schibik