A crowd of 24,262 jammed Monmouth Park on Father’s Day to
see Daniel Ljoka’s Evenings End capture the $100,000 Bernie Dowd Handicap by a
length and three-quarters and Ralph M. Evans’s Flamin’ Hot placed first in the
$100,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes.
The Sunday attendance was the largest outside of a Haskell or Breeders’ Cup Day
since Father’s Day 2005, when 27,393 were on-hand.
Evenings End, who gave jockey Francisco Maysonett his first-career stakes
victory, opened a clear lead turning for home and held his rivals safely at bay
all the way to the wire. He covered the mile and 70 yards over a fast main
track in 1:44 2/5 and returned $32.20, $17.20 and $9.60. Luna Park
rallied to complete the $302.80 exacta and paid $12.60 to place and $6.20 to
show. It was another half-length back to Clear Faith, who returned $3.40 to
show as the favorite in the field of 12 New Jersey-bred colts and geldings.
“We took him to Penn National for his last race looking for a prep for this and
it worked out perfectly,” said winning trainer Timothy J. Kelly. “This race was
our goal from last year. 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.”
The Dowd ‘Cap victory marked the sixth in 25 starts for Evenings End, a
5-year-old colt by Evening Kris from the Sun War Dancer mare Dancing Proof.
Evening Kris has now earned $261,206 for his connections.
In the Fowler Stakes, Escrow Kid, with Joe Bravo in the irons, split rivals
just after turning for home, but drifted out in the lane, which impeded the
paths of Bernie the Maestro and Never Content. Escrow Kid crossed the wire
first, but was placed sixth for the interference.
Flamin’ Hot, the even-money favorite in the five and a half furlong Fowler, was
just a nose behind Escrow Kid, but was elevated to first after the
disqualification. Ridden by Alan Garcia, Flamin’ Hot paid $4, $2.80 and $2.20
across the board. The time for the stakes contest was 1:02 1/5 over the firm
Cooper Junior, who was moved from third to second, was a length farther back
and completed the $67.20 exacta. He paid $19 to place and $8.40 to show. It was
another half-length back to Close to the Edge, who was placed third, good for a
$9.60 show mutuel.
“He broke kind of slow and wasn’t involved in the early pace, which he usually
is,” said winning trainer Rick Violette Jr. “He ran his eyeballs out to make up
that much ground in the last eighth of a mile. He’s just a nice, professional
Flamin’ Hot, a 3-year-old gelding by Flame Thrower from the
Scatmandu mare Domestic Dispersal improved his record to 4-3-0 from eight
starts. He has now earned $163,893.
Live racing returns to Monmouth
Park on Friday, June 25 *
first post 12:50 p.m. As always the racetrack is open seven days a week for
simulcasting from across the country and around the globe.