By JIM WELLS
Moralist had a moral for anyone interested in the feature race on Monday, the $35,000-guaranteed Honor the Hero Turf Express.
Better (almost) late than never.
The defending champion in the five-furlong dash, Moralist found room along the rail under Ry Eikleberry and hit the wire ¾ length in front of Bullet From Abroad, who was there 1 ¼ lengths in front of Haraldo.
Winning trainer Tammy Domenosky cut it closer than her horse did, arriving at the barn only minutes before the horses headed to the paddock.
She was in Chicago with her stable of 26 and wasn’t certain on Sunday that she could break free for today’s race in Shakopee.
“My conscience was starting to bother me,” she said. “I couldn’t not come.”
As it turned out, she made it happen, arrived in the Twin Cities at 3 p.m., hurried to her hotel and convinced the maid to clean the bathroom so she could shower.
Eilkeberry, asked by public handicapper Kevin Gorg about the hole he needed to slip through to the rail, responded, “There was a 90 percent chance I could make it,” he said.
Moralist is owned by Miracle Logistics Inc. Greg Peterson, one of the three owners in the partnership, approached Domenosky near the winner’s circle.
“She’s the greatest trainer in the world,” he said, “if we can ever keep track of her.”
She was easy to find on Monday _ in the winner’s circle.
The winner was a maiden just two weeks ago, and on Monday became a stakes winner.
“It looks that way,” Blair responded.
“Good to see you back,” said one patron after another as he or she forked over $2 for one of Jake’s Green Sheets.
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“Hey, did you notice the sale prices on these horses?” wondered Peggy Davis, Canterbury’s clerk of course/placing judge.