09/30/2010 3:00PM

Pair seek repeat stakes wins


Baba Booyah and Romeo Again look to repeat in the $50,000 Farer Belle Lee and $50,000 Frontier Handicaps, respectively, at Pinnacle Race Course on Saturday.

The Farer Belle Lee is for Michigan-bred fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. The 1 1/8-mile Frontier is for statebred males.

Baba Booyah, a convincing winner of the Moonbeam Handicap six weeks ago, carries top weight of 120 pounds in the Farer Belle Lee against 11 rivals, including six of her Moonbeam foes. Owned by Henry Mast and trained by leading conditioner Robert Gorham, Baba Booyah waited behind Equalitysdebutante in that race before running away to a 5  1/2-length win. Jeffrey Skerrett has a return mount.

Gorham will also saddle Mast’s Moon Charmer, who was third in the Moonbeam.

Also in the race is reigning Michigan horse of the year Valley Loot. She was attempting to break a string of second-place finishes in the Moonbeam but faltered to finish fifth. Ronnie Allen trains Valley Loot for Pinnacle CEO Felicia Campbell. Regular rider Federico Mata will be back in the irons.

Romeo Again is the 120-pound highweight in the Frontier, which drew 11 entries. He rallied late to be a half-length winner in the Aug. 14 Michigan Breeders’ Handicap and faces four of his rivals from that race in the Frontier.

Mata has the mount on Romeo Again for trainer Patrick White. Campbell bred Romeo Again and owns him with and the II Bs Thoroughbreds.
Perfect Start dueled with favored Meadow Wise before being overtaken by Romeo Again in the Michigan Breeders’. Perfect Start gets a rider change to Pilares.

Power of Titus recently won the Mackinac Handicap for 3-year-olds.