Ducoti leads 'em gate-to-wire to win Friday's feature race
DUCOTI NEVER HEADED, TAKES FRIDAY FEATURE
AUBURN, Wash. (June 15, 2012) – Ducoti had her consistency rewarded Friday night at Emerald Downs, notching a front-running three-length victory in the featured Woburn Abbey Memorial Purse for older fillies and mares.
With Juan Gutierrez riding, Ducoti ran six furlongs in 1:09.02 on a fast track and paid $4.80, $3.20 and $3. Bill Tollett is the trainer for owner/breeder Stephen Quilici of Roy, Wash.
In her previous four races this season at Emerald Downs, Ducoti hade racked up three thirds and a fourth, but the 5-year-old mare wasn’t to be denied this time. Breaking from the No. 5 post-position, Ducoti sprinted to a clear lead, set fractions of :22.27, :44.80 and :56.06 and was never seriously threatened.
A Washington-bred by He’s Tops-Go Platinum, Ducoti is five-for-20 at Emerald Downs and seven-for-29 lifetime with earnings of $35,256. He’s Tops, incidentally, also sired E Z Kitty, the 11-to-1 winner of the Washington State Legislators Stakes last Sunday.
Up Your Plan, ridden by Jose Zunino, finished second by a nose and paid $4.80 and $2.80. Like Ducoti, the runner-up is a 5-year-old Washington-bred mare with a consistent 2-3-0 record in five starts at the meet.
Must Be Gold, ridden by Joe Crispin, finished third and paid $4.20 for show. Pete’s Glory Girl and Who’s Calling Now completed the order of finish. Dah Gift was a late scratch.
NOTES: Roveing Patrol and jockey Leonel Camacho-Flores rallied to win Friday’s opener, the first race of the meet for 2-year-olds. A Nacheezmo filly owned, bred and trained by Don Munger, Roveing Patrol ran 4-½ furlongs in :52.02 and paid $11.40…It was an eventful night for Camacho-Flores, who regrouped from a third-race spill to complete a two-win night with a victory aboard Our Marshall Cahill ($10.40) in the fifth race…Camacho-Flores was unseated from Feisty Lass in the stretch run of race three, but neither jockey nor horse were injured…Eliska Kubinova also had two wins on the night and the apprentice remains second with 29 wins, three back of Gutierrez…With his feature race win on Ducoti, Gutierrez has ridden at least one winner on 12 of the last 13 cards…Cavanagh Bay scored as the 11-to-10 favorite in the nightcap, and Tim McCanna crept within two wins of Howard Belvoir in the trainers’ standings. Belvoir leads by an 18-16 margin, with Frank Lucarelli third with 14…Live racing continues Saturday with a 10-race program at 2:15 p.m.