J. Paul Reddam's 5-year-old Grade 1 winner Square Eddie, who came out of retirement to run three times this winter for trainer Doug O'Neill but then returned to stud duty at California's Vessels Stallion Farm following a ninth-place finish in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes on the Santa Anita turf, is back in training at Del Mar. The son of Smart Strike breezed three furlongs Sunday over the Polytrack in :37.60.
Square Eddie first retired as a 4-year-old to Vessels Farm with a suspensory injury in February 2010. He bred 34 mares and returned to training later in the year, making a smashing comeback by winning a Jan. 14, 2011, allowance race on Santa Anita's new, ultra-fast main track, setting a track record of 1:13.11 for 6 1/2 furlongs. He then tired to be ninth in the G1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in February and ran ninth in the Kilroe Mile.
O'Neill told the Paulick Report Square Eddie bred 40 mares this time around (his advertised stud fee was $5,000 live foal) and “looks great” on his return to the racetrack. He won the G1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland as a 2-year-old in 2008, then narrowly lost the Breeders' Cup Juvenile to Midshipman at Santa Anita. Square Eddie has won three of 15 career starts for $854,766.
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