08/25/2009 11:00PM

Stanley enjoys red-hot week


Jockey Angel Stanley put up some impressive numbers in the recent week of racing at Pinnacle Race Course, winning 13 races on four cards. Stanley now goes into the 13th week of racing here with 54 wins. He is currently third behind Jeffrey Skerrett, with 63 wins, and Freddie Mata, with 56.

On both Friday and Saturday, Stanley rode four winners from seven mounts. He had a riding triple on Monday, then settled for just one winner on Tuesday.

* Alexis Ortiz, who moved his tack to Pinnacle from Thistledown just three weeks ago, rode three winners on Tuesday's card. Now with 9 wins, 9 seconds and 18 thirds from just 83 mounts, his in-the-money percentage of 57 is better than any of the top ten riders.

* Newcomer Clayan Millwood took no time in finding the winner's circle at Pinnacle. He picked up a mount in Monday's last race aboard Mybelleman ($12.80) and the pair led all the way for a 6 3/4-length victory. Reid Gross trains Mybelleman for Roger Spiess. Millwood, 22, a native of Jamaica, started his career at Calder Race Course in 2005.

Millwood's pickup mount came when Jose Delgado was thrown from an earlier mount. He was carried off of the track and relieved from the rest of his mounts, but returned to ride Tuesday.

* Ricardo Barrios will return to the saddle Friday after nearly three weeks away. Initially, it appeared that he would be away for four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his hand, but he was released by the doctor this week, said agent Bill "Coach" Roberson. Barrios led the jockey standings for most of the meet until his hand bothered him too much and he had to sit out.

* Jeff Dye and Eric Perttunen are two of four Michigan stewards who have filed a federal lawsuit against the state alleging political discrimination. On June 1, Dye lost his job and Perttunen's hours were reduced in retaliation for supporting Republican Dick DeVos for governor in 2006. DeVos was defeated by incumbent Jennifer Granholm. Dye occasionally filled in at Great Lakes Downs and Perttunen was a Pinnacle steward last year.

All four stewards blame the Office of the Racing Commissioner for punishing them for exercising their First Amendment rights. Christine White served as commissioner under Granholm until last month, when she left to take a job in Washington in the Obama administration.