Jockey Ramon Dominguez closed out another banner season at Aqueduct by guiding even-money favorite Wishful Tomcat to a front-running, three-quarter-length victory over Manteca in Sunday’s 29th running of the $69,875 King Point for three-year-old and older New York-breds. The nine-furlong Kings Point was the closing day feature at Aqueduct Racetrack’s spring meet. Racing moves to Belmont Park on Wednesday, April 29, with the start of the 64-day Spring/Summer Meet. Post-time is 1 p.m.

Making his first start for trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. after a stint on the West Coast with Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, Wishful Tomcat got a great break and quickly opened up a length on Manteca. Wishful Tomcat set a pace of 24.72, 48.47, 1:12.00 and 1:36.15.

“My instructions were specifically to go on and make the lead right away and I had the right horse to do that,” said Dominguez, who finished as the spring meet’s leading jockey with 29 wins, seven more than runner-up Rajiv Maragh. “He was superb coming out of the gate and he always had a little bit more to give me when [runner-up Manteca] was challenging him.”

Dutrow, who won the Aqueduct spring meet trainer title by a 12-11 margin over Bruce Levine, has also entered Wishful Tomcat in Wednesday’s opening day feature at Belmont Park, the Grade 3 Westchester, but likely will not run back.

“He put in a hell of an effort,” said Dutrow, whose charge returned $4.20. “I’m not sure if we will run back in the Westchester. I have another horse in there (Mor Chances), and Todd (Pletcher)’s horse (Manteca) made him work. He’s a nice horse, and you can never count Todd out.

“If he’d drawn off and won by 10, if he’d had an easy race, I’d probably run him back. I’m leaning against it. It depends on how he feels when I wake up that morning. If he doesn’t go Wednesday, I’m not sure where he will go next. I don’t know him well enough to spot him.”

Tommasi was third, followed by See More Spirit, Dr. D.F.C. and Alexandros.

KINGS POINT QUOTES

Winning trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. of favored Wishful Tomcat (No. 3): “He put in a hell of an effort. I’m not sure if we will run back in the Westchester (at Belmont Park on Wednesday). I have another horse in there, and Todd (Pletcher)’s horse (Manteca, No. 1) made him work. He’s a nice horse, and you can never count Todd out. If he’d drawn off and won by 10, if he’d had an easy race, I’d probably run him back. I’m leaning against it. It depends on how he feels when I wake up that morning. If he doesn’t go Wednesday, I’m not sure where he will go next. I don’t know him well enough to spot him.”

Winning jockey Ramon Dominguez: “My instructions were specifically to go on and make the lead right away and I had the right horse to do that. He was superb coming out of the gate and he always had a little bit more to give me when [runner-up Manteca] was challenging him.”