FATS DOMINUS PREVAILS NARROWLY IN FRIDAY FEATURE
AUBURN, Wash. (Sept. 21, 2018) – Fats Dominus held off Only the High Road for a neck victory Friday in the featured Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Austin Solis, Fats Dominus covered six furlongs in 1:08.90 and paid $18, $9.40 and $4. Joe Toye is the winning trainer and co-owner with Rick Kessler of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred by Dominus, Fats Dominus is finishing the season on a high note, compiling a 2-1-0 record in his last five starts. His overall mark is 3-1-0 in 11 starts with earnings of $17,693.
Fats Dominus earned the victory, dueling with Executive Decree through fractions of :22.00, :44.37 and :56.35, edging clear past mid-stretch and holding off Only the High Road in the final yards.
Only the High Road, ridden by Jose Zunino, closed steadily through the lane and just missed the victory, paying $6.60 and $3.20. The hard-luck runner-up now has five seconds and two thirds in 10 starts this season.
Executive Decree, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Leslie Mawing, finished third and paid $2.40, while Bernie, Don’tbeshywillie, Prikati and Bromance completed the order of finish. Distortedatthebar was scratched and is re-entered Sunday.
NOTES: Toye and Terra Firma Farm also connected with first race winner Carr Creek ($5.60) and now have 14 wins this season, trailing only Saratoga West (17 wins) and John Parker (16) in the owners’ standings. . .With two days remaining in the season, Jeff Metz still leads Blaine Wright 43-40 atop the trainers’ standings. . .Rocco Bowen has clinched the riding title with 106 wins including a victory on Please Be Me ($5.80) in Friday’s third race. . .Old-timers book-ended the card with 10-year-old Carr Creek winning the opener and 11-year-old Trelawny ($9) taking the nightcap. Trelawny now has 22 career victories including five the last two years at Emerald Downs. . .Julien Couton was the lone jockey with two wins Friday, his 65th and 66th of the meet. Couton is two back of Kevin Orozco in the battle for second place. . .Racing continues Saturday with a nine-race program at 5 p.m., and includes the final race of the $22,300 WHBPA & WTBOA Horsemen Helping Horsemen Distance Series for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles.