NO SILENT & JIMMY BOUNCER ALSO PROMINENT IN STAKES NAMED FOR HALL OF FAME JOCKEY EDDIE DELAHOUSSAYE WHO WILL BE ON HAND TO PRESENT TROPHY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2015)–Trainer Phil D’Amato’s duo of Midnight Storm and Toowindytohaulrox head a wide-open field of 11 in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes for 3-year-olds and up going 6 ½ furlongs down the unique hillside turf course.
This will be the fourth running of the Eddie D. named for the great Eddie Delahoussaye, a revered member of racing’s Hall of Fame who retired in early 2003 on the advice of his doctor’s after injuries incurred from a spill in the summer of 2002.
‘Eddie D.’ as he is known everywhere that counts is not only a fan-favorite but is widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time. A native of New Iberia, Louisiana Eddie D. returned to his home state full time this past year along with his wife, Juanita, daughter, Mandy and sister, Rose Ann. He will once again join his extended family here at Santa Anita this weekend to present the prestigious trophy while he visits his old stomping ground.
Midnight Storm and Toowindytohaulrox will head the field for the prestigious event that has also served as a prep for the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Though winless in his last three starts, Midnight Storm is a very speedy 4-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile that will again return to turf and will shorten up in distance. Owned by Marjorie Post Dye, A Venneri Racing and Little Feather Racing, Midnight Storm likes the front end and will again be reunited with jockey Tyler Baze.
A winner of the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Derby in 2014, Midnight Storm ran 10th in his last outing to superstar mare Beholder in the Grade I Pacific Classic but was pressing the pace, alongside Bayern in the 1 ¼ miles race. He has one win and one second from only two tries over the Santa Anita turf and Saturday will be his first time down the hillside. He is 11-4-3-0 overall with earnings of $411,860.
D’Amato has another runner in Toowindytohaulrox, who will be stepping up in class but has a solid case in that the 4-year-old colt by Harlan’s Holiday has never run out of the money in four tries down the hillside course. With a win, a second and two thirds at the distance and an overall record of 7-2-1-2 over the Santa Anita turf course, Toowindytohaulrox is returning to a track and a course he thrives on.
Owned by Queen Bee Racing, LLC, he comes into Saturday off a win in one mile turf allowance at Del Mar on August 15. He is 15-3-3-3 overall with earnings of $201,312.
Trainer Gary Mandella will send No Silent down the hill for just the sixth time in an extensive 22- race career. Primarily a sprint specialist on turf and synthetic, No Silent comes into Saturday looking for his third win a row off a pair of wins at Del Mar in August and early September. Though he will be jumping up in class, No Silent has run in graded company before and is returning to the hillside course for the first time since March 2013.
Owned by Double JH Stable Inc. No Silent is 22-6-8-1 overall with $329,877 in earnings.
Doug O’Neill’s Jimmy Bouncer is a lightly raced 4-year-old Square Eddie colt out of the General Meeting mare Meetmeinthewoods and will be seeking his fifth win from six lifetime starts. The only mark against “Jimmy” was in his last outing, when he ran sixth to Avanzare in the Grade II Del Mar (turf) Mile Handicap on August 23rd.
The Eddie D’ will be Jimmy Bouncer’s third attempt over turf and Saturday will be his first time down the hillside. Mario Gutierrez will once again be riding. Jimmy Bouncer is owned by Reddam Racing and he is 5-4-0-0 overall with $197,050 in earnings.
The complete field for the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes, to be run as the sixth race on a ten race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Majestic City, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Midnight Storm, Tyler Baze, 118; Mr. Sexy, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Quick and Silver, Brice Blanc, 188; No Silent, Gary Stevens, 118; Toowindytohaulrox, Tiago Pereira, 118; Maltes, Martin Pedroza, 118; Chips All In, Alonso Quinonez, 118; Safety Belt, Felipe Valdez, 118; Melatonin, Martin Garcia, 118.
Special first post time Saturday is 1:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:00 a.m.