11/03/2008 12:00AM

Valley Loot named Pinnacle horse of meet


NEW BOSTON, Mich. – Pinnacle Race Course ended its inaugural meet Sunday with Valley Loot being named the horse of the meet. Valley Loot is owned by Pinnacle CEO Felicia Campbell, who also owns Wave Pool, the top 3-year-old filly at the meet. Announcer Matt Hook selected the winners.

The 4-year-old Valley Loot, a past Michigan champion, won 3 of 4 starts at the meet, including her division of the Michigan Sire Stakes and the Larkspur and Farer Belle Lee handicaps. She holds the track record for 1 1/16 miles at 1:46.99.

Wave Pool won the Regret Stakes and Sire Stakes. Ronnie Allen trains both fillies.  

Mr. Conclusive finished his season unbeaten in four starts, running the table with wins in the Patrick Wood and Michigan Sire Stakes and the Michigan Futurity. He was named top 2-year-old. Sandy Adkins trains Mr. Conclusive for owner Charlie Williams.

Meadow Vespers was the top older male for owner J. Mack Enterprise Inc. and trainer Richard Rettele. He won only once at Pinnacle, but it was his fourth consecutive Sire Stakes.

Hot Chil was named the best 3-year-old male. He won the Dowling Stakes for Sharon Valley Thoroughbred Farm and trainer James Jackson. Hot Chili set the mile standard at Pinnacle with a clocking of 1:40.22.

The top juvenile filly was Skyline Star. Skyline Star was also a Sire Stakes winner. Robert Gorham trains Skyline Star for owner Henry Mast.  

Gorham and Mast, along with Skyline Star's regular rider, Terry Houghton, picked up individual honors. Gorham won the title with 55 wins from 243 starts and earnings of $679,775, with Mast as his main client. Houghton, away from Michigan racing in 2007, never relinquished the lead, finishing the season with 109 wins from 465 starts, including three of the six Sire Stakes. His mounts earned $1,085,560.

The Shamanuu Award, for the top claimer at the meet, went to My Calabrese, who won 4 of 6 starts for owner/trainer Frank Kirby.