INGLEWOOD, Calif. (September 24, 2013)—Et Tu Walker, who was voted claimer of the meet during the 2013 Spring/Summer season at Betfair Hollywood Park, will make his graded stakes debut in the $100,000 Eddie D. Friday at Santa Anita.
Scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, the Eddie D. – named in honor of Hall of Fame jockey and 2013 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award winner Eddie Delahoussaye – is the eighth of nine races on the opening day of Santa Anita’s Fall meet. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by a partnership that includes trainer Doug O’Neill, Et Tu Walker won three of four starts over the BHP turf earlier this year- all at six furlongs. His lone defeat was by a nose to Sirocco Strike July 4.
A 4-year-old son of Shakespeare and the Shadeed mare Inspired Hope, Et Tu Walker, who could have been claimed for $12,500 as recently as February, has won six of 17 and banked $173,750.
The Eddie D. also features the return of multiple graded stakes winner Caracortado.
Trained by breeder Mike Machowsky and owned by a partnership that includes Drew Brees’ Donkey Island Racing, the 6-year-old Cat Dreams gelding has been away since winning the Grade III Daytona Stakes Jan. 8, 2012 at Santa Anita.
From inside out, the field for the Eddie D. Stakes: Et Tu Walker, Agapito Delgadillo rides, 118 pounds; Huntsville, Erick Lopez, 118; Caracortado, Felipe Martinez, 118; Boat Trip, Garrett Gomez, 118; Unbridled’s Note, Corey Nakatani, 120; Handsome Mike, Mario Gutierrez, 123; Rock Me Baby, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Chips All In, Julien Leparoux, 123; Koast, Victor Espinoza, 118; Rosengold, Martin Garcia, 115; Sirocco Strike, Joe Talamo, 118; Snowday, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Majestic City, Gary Stevens, 118 and El Mirage King, Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, 118.
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