09/17/2008 11:00PM

Stakes doubleheader at Pinnacle


Pinnacle Race Course offers both the $50,000 Sickle's Image Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and the $50,000 Farer Belle Lee Handicap for fillies and mares. The Farer Belle Lee was pushed back a week due to a weather-related cancellation.

The six-furlong Sickle's Image, which honors the the champion handicap mare of 1953, who was bred in Michigan, drew a field of eight, including winners Ittybittymeadow and Moon Charmer. Both are from the barn of leading trainer Robert Gorham, who will also saddle Skyline Star. The trio will race as separate betting interests and should garner most of the betting interest.

Ittybittymeadow, a 10-length winner under jockey Ricardo Barrios last out, earned a respectable Beyer Figure of 53 that day. A Meadow Prayer filly, she won on Sept. 12 - the same day as Moon Charmer, the other winner in the field. Moon Charmer won by a head at first asking after a troubled trip, earning a 22 Beyer.

Skyline Star was third in her only start. Leading rider Terry Houghton, who rode Moon Charmer last out, will be aboard in the Sickle's Image.

Valley Loot, second as the odds-on favorite in last month's Moonbeam Handicap, will carry top weight of 122 pounds in the Farer Belle Lee. Valley Loot, owned by Pinnacle CEO Felicia Campbell, won the Larkspur Handicap on July 26 and will have to spot from three to 10 pounds to her rivals. Trained by Ronnie Allen, the past state champion has a record of 9-2-3 from 15 starts. She was overtaken late by Half a Glance in the Moonbeam and beaten two lengths.

Half a Glance rallied five wide for her second straight Moonbeam win. She is trained by Scott Sowle.