07/29/2009 11:00PM

Stiff challenge for Peak of the Storm


Peak of the Storm will try to repeat her Juneo20 victory in the Regret, but faces opposition from last year's top Michigan-bred juvenile filly when she faces seven 3-year-old rivals in the $20,000 Ann Arbor Stakes at Pinnacle Race Course. The Ann Arbor, at one mile, is the seventh race on the card.

Peak of the Storm won her maiden at Presque Isle Downs in May before capturing the Regret Stakes as the favorite. She was the choice in her next out, a second-level allowance race locally, but yielded to the 5-year-old mare She Could Be Good. Ricky Knott retains the mount on Peak of the Storm for trainer Larry Penner.

She Could Be Good won't be around this time, but her trainer, Robert Gorham, has three more waiting for Peak of the Storm. The Henry Mast-owned entry of Michigan juvenile filly champion Skyline Star and Moon Charmer was installed as the morning-line favorite at 5-2. Skyline Star, who had a win and two seconds in stakes action locally last year, rallied to get up by a neck over Baba Booyah in an allowance despite lugging out late in her 2009 debut on June 30.

Baba Booyah is the third of Gorham's entrants. Jeffrey Skerrett is named to ride the Mast entry while Ricardo Barrios will be aboard Baba Booyah, who has had two seconds since a fourth in the Regret.

Larry Uelmen has entered Hakuna Matata, third in the Regret, and Gerald Bennett is represented by Susie's Prayer, a two-time winner at the meet. Trainer James Jackson has a pair in Flint and The Girl Rolls, who will race uncoupled.