03/11/2011 6:15PM

Aqueduct: Dominguez, chalk continue domination


Ava K. passed her distance test with a front-running, three-length victory under Ramon Dominguez in Saturday's $60,000 Proud Puppy Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. With the speedy Queens Harbor breaking slowly, Ava K was able to assume the lead and get away with fractions of 24.71 seconds, 50.01 and 1:15.31 for six furlongs which is why she had plenty left with which to finish when Midnight Visit made a run at her around the turn and into the stretch.

 Ava K., a daughter of Dixie Union out of the mare Bedside Manner, covered a mile and 70 yards in 1:45.17. Ava K. is owned by H. Louis Rapaport and Sugar Maple farm and trained by Mike Hushion. She returned $3.50 as the fifth favorite to win on the card. From 538 races run during the inner track meet --- that includes 8 turf races run in December ---- favorites have won 223 races, for a healthy 41-percent success rate for the chalkplayers. While horseplayers are cashing short-priced tickets, the interminable 32-minute wait between races the last two weeks has to make it less enjoyable.

 Meanwhile, the Proud Puppy was the third win on the card for Ramon Dominguez, giving him 100 for the inner track meet. That means he has won 18.5 percent of the races at the meet and he has missed several days. Dominguez will be out of town this weekend to ride at Tampa on Saturday and Gulfstream on Sunday.