TOASTING MASTER RETURNS TO MAIN TRACK RACING AND THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
All that Toasting Master had done in his career coming into Friday night’s races at Remington Park was win 11-of-34 starts. With his return to the main track after a turf try, he was right at home, winning the $38,500 featured allowance/optional claiming race to make his victories an even dozen.
He was well thought of as a Triple Crown prospect in 2015 on the East Coast after breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old in 2014 for trainer Dale Romans. He was shipped to New York to run in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes and then the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial prep for the Kentucky Derby. Those plans fell through when he was soundly defeated by one of the Derby favorites in 2015 – Frosted – but he has turned into a hard-knocking allowance horse out of trainer Randy Morse’s barn for owner Randy Patterson of Anthony, Kansas. Toasting Master has won more than a third of his starts now.
Toasting Master, a 6-year-old gelded son of Congrats, out of the Seeking the Gold mare Broadway Gold, pocketed $22,998 from a purse of $38,500 to increase his lifetime earnings to $354,498 with a record of 35 starts, 12 wins, seven seconds and three thirds.
Jockey Ken Tohill sat dead last for half of this 6-1/2 furlongs race over a sloppy track and with the surface playing strongly to closers, he came flying down the lane, passing them all, including 3-2 favorite Gordy Florida at the wire by three-quarters of a length. The track was sloppy due to severe rains that swept through this Oklahoma City facility twice during the night, delaying the second and fifth races for a short time.
Toasting Master hit the wire in 1:17.24 seconds, after chasing early fractions of :22.30 for the quarter-mile, :45.14 for the half-mile and 1:10.61 for three-quarters of a mile. This gelding was bred in Florida by Ocala Stud. Toasting Master was at 2-1 odds in the wagering and paid $6.80 to win, $3.20 to place, and $2.20 to show. Finishing third, 3-1/4 lengths behind the winner was Direct Dial.
It was an evening of victorious sharing among horsemen on Friday at Remington Park as nine different jockeys and nine different trainers took trips to the winner’s circle.
Asmussen Continues to Inch Up on his Local Earnings Record
National Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen continued his trek toward a record amount of money earned in one season at Remington Park. He was $69,376 behind his own mark of $2,232,645 that he set last year. He won a $33,000 maiden race on Friday, the second race on the card, with Wilmington, a shipper from Churchill Downs. The 2-year-old colt by Union Rags, out of the Marquetry mare Skyscape, was an easy winner, drawing off to win by 3-1/2 lengths as the 3-5 favorite.
Asmussen now stands at $2,202,875 in the trainer standings, now $29,770 behind his record, going into Saturday night’s races.
Large Payoff Update
Friday night racing at Remington Park generated two huge payouts on exotic wagers to bring the total to 121 of that type of wagers paying more than $1,000 at this meet. The first was the Pentastic Pick 5 in the first five races on the card. The combination of 3-4-8-1-11 returned $8,794.20 to those who correctly picked all five winners in that sequence. The winning horses were Showit (at 20-1 odds) in the first, Wilmington (3-5) in the second, Wajna Surprise (3-1) in the third, Ship Shape Miss (3-1) in the fourth and Miss Flashback (5-1) in the fifth.
The 121st wager that hit for big bucks was the Primetime Pick 4 on the final four races on the card. That boxcar payout was keyed by jockey Luis Quinonez setting 39-1 longshot Mega Honor on the lead in the eighth race and going gate to wire, springing a major upset. These were the winning horses in the 50-cent Pick 4 wager, 1-8-2-7: Toasting Master (2-1) in the sixth, Jubal (6-5) in the seventh, Mega Honor (39-1) in the eighth and Nuisance (3-1) in the finale. That paid $1,993.85 for each winning ticket.
In the Sooner 6ix, a unique ticket pick 6 wager, there was no unique winning ticket with six of six correctly selected. In fact there were no tickets at all with six. Those who correctly chose five-of-six were rewarded with a payout of $398.54. The carryover going into Saturday night for the Sooner 6ix is $6,267.
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