Evening End Surprises In Dowd
Evenings End surprises in Dowd
Evenings End pulled off the upset in the $100,500 Bernie Dowd Handicap for New Jersey-breds at Monmouth Park before a Father's Day crowd of 24,262.
Except for the Haskell Invitational or the Breeders' Cup, it was Monmouth's largest crowd since 2005.
A sprinter for most of his career, Evenings End ($32.20) was stretching out for the one mile and 70 yards in the Dowd. He had run once this season, scoring a pacesetting win at six furlongs against open company in a second-level allowance at Penn National.
Back at his home track, Evenings End stumbled at the break, and Francisco Maysonett eased him off the crisp early pace set by Hermosillo. Maysonett sent his 5-year-old after the pacesetter down the backstretch, and after a brief duel, Evenings End edged clear on the final turn to beat Luna Park by 1 3/4 lengths with Clear Faith third.
"This race was our goal from last year," trainer Tim Kelly said. "Everything worked to absolute perfection, which in this game is very rare. The jock worked him all winter long, which really helped a lot, I think. I'm really proud of this horse."
It was the first stakes win for Maysonett. The time was 1:44.45 on the fast track.
Flamin' Hot wins via disqualification
A bumpy stretch run in the $96,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes for 3-year-old grass sprinters resulted in Escrow Kid being disqualified after finishing first and Flamin' Hot being elevated to the win.
After splitting foes in the lane, Escrow Kid ducked out sharply into the path of Never Content. Both Elvis Trujillo on Never Content and Paco Lopez aboard Bernie the Maestro lodged objections against the winner.
After a lengthy review, the stewards took down Escrow Kid and placed him sixth.
That gave the win to Flamin' Hot, who was gaining with every stride in the stretch. He was a nose behind Escrow Kid at the wire.
Alan Garcia rode for trainer Rick Violette, and Flamin' Hot improved to 4 for 4 in turf sprints.
He paid $4 to win in the 5 1-2 furlong race clocked in 1:02.31.
In the revised order of finish, Cooper Junior got second, and Close to the Edge was third.
by Mike Farrell
Pletcher stars rule Father's Day worktab
It was a busy Father's Day morning for trainer Todd Pletcher at Belmont Park, highlighted by half-mile breezes from stable stars QUALITY ROAD (Elusive Quality) and SUPER SAVER (Maria's Mon).
In his first move since stretching his 2010 record to a perfect three-for-three in Memorial Day's Metropolitan H. (G1), Quality Road covered the four furlongs in an easy :50 1/5 after the break, while Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver went the same distance in :50 3/5, both over the fast main track.
"We weren't looking for much," Pletcher said of the duo. "It was a maintenance half for both. We're still a ways away from their next races."
Quality Road, the nation's top older male in training, is targeting the August 7 Whitney H. (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, while the next major New York objective for Super Saver is the Travers S. (G1) on August 28.
"We'll pick it up a little but with Super Saver as we go along, but so far he's doing very well," Pletcher said of the WinStar homebred. "I'm real happy with his overall condition and weight. The way he's moving and everything else indicates to me he's rounding into top form."
Pletcher said he considered changing the timing of Quality Road's first work back, but decided against it.
"If he were to run in the (July 3) Suburban (G2) or something, I would have worked him last week," he explained. "But with him not running until August 7, I didn't really feel the need to work him last week. I probably could have waited another week, but I didn't want to get into a situation where we were playing catch up at any point."
Pletcher said that Grade 1-winning filly DEVIL MAY CARE (Malibu Moon), who breezed five furlongs Sunday in 1:01 4/5 on the main track, was on target for her engagement in Saturday's Mother Goose S. (G1) at Belmont. The trainer is also pointing allowance scorer KATY NOW (Tiznow), who went a main track half-mile Sunday morning in :48 2/5, and Dogwood S. (G3) victress AILALEA (Pulpit), who went a half-mile over the fast Belmont training track in :50, to the Mother Goose.
"Obviously, in a perfect world, we wouldn't be running these three fillies all together," Pletcher said. "It's not effective stable management from my perspective. But it's what the owners want, it's a Grade 1, and it's at home, so that's attractive."
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