2020 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita Park

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Santa Anita Park Press Release | OTB Writer
Updated: September 22, 2020

WILDMAN JACK HEADS OPENING DAY'S GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D STAKES

Trainer Doug O'Neill's Wildman Jack, a graded stakes winning turf sprinter who was most recently a close fourth in a Grade I sprint on dirt, looks like the horse to beat among a field of seven 3-year-olds and up in Friday's Grade II, $200,000 Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

The Eddie D, to be run at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will serve as the main event on a 10-race Autumn Meet opening day card.

A W.C. Racing homebred 4-year-old gelding by O'Neill's 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents, Wildman Jack was last seen at Santa Anita winning the Grade III Daytona Stakes three starts back on May 23.

Fresh off the best race of his career, California-bred El Tigre Terrible returns to turf for trainer Peter Miller and retains the services of Flavien Prat, who comes off another meet-leading performance at Del Mar this summer.

Named in honor of the retired all time great Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, the Eddie D was run as the Morvich Stakes prior to being renamed in 2012. Delahoussaye won the 1984 Morvich aboard the Eddie Gregson-trained Tsunami Slew.

2020 Eddie D Stakes Field & Odds

Race 7 at Santa Anita on Friday, September 25 - Post 6:43 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Wildman Jack 5-2 Abel Cedillo
126 Lbs
Doug O'Neill
2 Give Me the Lute 12-1 Drayden Van Dyke
124 Lbs
Andy Mathis
3 Mr Vargas 4-1 Tyler Baze
126 Lbs
Brian Koriner
4 Grit and Curiosity 6-1 Luis Saez
124 Lbs
Peter Miller
5 Sparky Ville 6-1 Mike Smith
126 Lbs
Jeff Bonde
6 El Tigre Terrible 4-1 Flavien Prat
120 Lbs
Peter Miller
7 Big Runnuer 3-1 Juan Hernandez
124 Lbs
Victor Garcia

WILDMAN JACK

Head and head for the lead throughout, Wildman Jack, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding, had to settle for fourth money when beaten 1 ½ lengths going six furlongs in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes on Aug. 1. Following his win in the Daytona here in May, Wildman Jack was off as the 3-1 favorite in a Grade II turf sprint going 5 ½ furlongs at Keeneland, but trailed throughout, finishing last by 7 ¾ lengths.

With his performance in the Crosby serving as notice he's back to his best, he should be tough to beat in Friday's Eddie D.

Owner: W.C. Racing, Inc. | Trainer: Doug O'Neill

EL TIGRE TERRIBLE

Off as the even money favorite in the state-bred Real Good Deal Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar July 31, this 3-year-old gelding by Smiling Tiger rallied four-wide turning for and won going away by 4 ¾ lengths. Well beaten at 7-2 two starts back in the one mile turf Oceanside Stakes July 10, he was a close second in the Desert Code Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on turf here June 6-which was his first start of 2020.

A winner versus open company of the 2019 Speakeasy Stakes going five furlongs on turf here on Oct. 6, El Tigre Terrible, who was purchased for a bargain $18,000 out of the 2018 Barretts October Yearling Sale, has won four out of his eight starts and has banked $210,510.

Owner: Slam Dunk Racing & Michael Nentwig | Trainer: Peter Miller

With the Grade II Eddie D and the Grade III, $100,000 Chillingworth Stakes serving as co-feature, first post time for a 10-race card on opening day, Friday, is at 12:30 p.m.

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