Second, beaten a desperate nose in his lone hillside turf try, trainer Dan Hendricks' Om heads a competitive field of 11 three year olds and up in Friday's Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes at Santa Anita. Most recently a close third in the Grade II Del Mar Mile (turf) Aug. 20, Om flew from last to just miss catching front-running Obviously four starts back in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 5, 2016.
Trained by Blake Heap, California-bred Tribalist, who exits an off-the-pace score in the five furlong turf Green Flash Handicap Aug. 18, will try graded stakes competition for the first time as he seeks his fifth consecutive win with regular rider Victor Espinoza.
With Friday serving as the opening day of Santa Anita's 19-day Autumn Meet, the Eddie D., named for retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, will highlight a nine-race program with first post set at 1 p.m.
OM: Owned by Sareen Family Trust, Om, a 5-year-old full horse by Munnings, looms strictly the horse to beat in the Eddie D. on Friday and will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke. Although winless since taking the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) eight starts back on Dec. 26, 2015, Om has been a close second or third in seven of those eight races against solid graded competition.With four works to his credit since he last ran (three of them at Santa Anita), Om finished his Eddie D. preparations with a leisurely half mile in 49.60 here on Sunday. A solid 8-3-3-1 over the Santa Anita turf, Om is 18-5-5-5 overall with earnings of $892,845.
TRIBALIST: A 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Tribal Rule, out of the Cee's Tizzy mare Ultimate Summer, he just missed in his only hillside try, a California-bred maiden special weight affair five starts back on June 28, 2014.Lightly raced, Tribalist will be making his seventh career start on Friday, which will be his second engagement this year. Bred by Robert Abrams and Mitchell Dutko, he's owned by Abrams, Dutko and Michael Paran.With three of his four wins coming on turf, he's 6-4-1-1 overall with earnings of $220,900.
THE GRADE III EDDIE D. WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 9 Approximate post time 5 p.m. PT
- Prize Exhibit—Santiago Gonzalez—120
- Tribalist—Victor Espinoza—121
- California Diamond—Kent Desormeaux—118
- Om—Drayden Van Dyke—121
- Rocket Heat—Evin Roman—121
- Forever Juanito—Joe Talamo—121
- Guns Loaded—Rafael Bejarano—121
- Coastline—Flavien Prat—121
- Krsto Skye—Brice Blanc—121
- Zarqa Star—Martin Pedroza—121
- Mr. Roary—Tyler Conner–121
First post time for a nine-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
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