09/05/2014 7:41PM

Patriots Rule by a nose in E.B. Johnston Stakes

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CYPRESS, Calif. – Odds-on favorite Patriots Rule needed every inch of the long Los Alamitos stretch Friday, the opening day of the fall Thoroughbred meet, to win the $75,000 E.B. Johnston by a nose in track-record time for 6 1/2 furlongs.

A stretch runner rallying from behind a modest pace (23.25 seconds and 46.13), Patriots Rule wore down pacesetter Eddie’s First in the shadow of the wire to win by a nose in 1:14.60. The time lowered the track record by nearly one second. The previous record was 1:15.59.

The stakes win by Patriots Rule in the race for California-bred 3-year-olds was his first stakes. A gelding by Tribal Rule trained by Robertino Diodoro and assistant Sean Williams, Patriots Rule was ridden by Fernando Perez. Patriots Rule ($3.60) has won 3 of 9 races.

Eddie’s First finished nearly eight lengths clear of third-place Arctic Code. What a View and Solid Wager completed the order of finish. Better Bet and Princesskatiebella scratched.

• No one hit the pick six Friday; a carryover of $18,364 is up for grabs Saturday on races 4-9. The sequence includes the inaugural running of the $200,000 Los Alamitos Mile, race 8, in which Masochistic is the 7-5 program favorite.

• Ligety, a 2-year-old second-time starter, was pulled up in the stretch of race 3 after injuring his left front. He was euthanized. Trained by Michael McCarthy, Ligety was purchased at a March 2-year-olds sale for $65,000. He was eighth in his July 30 debut. During the July Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos, there were no fatal breakdowns.

Michael More than 1 year ago
Nice race call Frank! I thought I was home to roam listening to it from high atop the grandstand!!! Maybe next time you should save the praise and accolades until they actually cross the finish line. One of the worst calls I've ever heard in a stakes race...well maybe TD's call of Mine That Bird's Derby was a tad worse. Nonetheless, lesson learned! Don't count your chickens until they're on the dinner plate...please leave the "sprout wings" to Trevor. Frank, next time just keep it simple if you're not 110% sure of the outcome!
Brian More than 1 year ago
In fairness to Frank, I think he assumed Elvis would ride the horse like it wasn't his first time. Elvis nearly had to try to lose on the runner-up.
Michael More than 1 year ago
I hear what you're saying. It's just frustrating when you have a large win ticket on the horse that the track announcer is "stamping" as the winner. You just have to be very careful as a track announcer when you're calling a race and attemt to "call your shot". It can get very discouraging to the first time fan or novice at the track as well!
Mike More than 1 year ago
the call and the ride were disgraceful - stewards need to suspend elvis for a few days
Michael More than 1 year ago
Believe me, Mike. I'm STILL steaming! Elvis had the fave beat dead to rights, on the square. Unbelievable!!!