ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2015)–Hammered in the late betting to even money, the Kristin Mulhall-trained Path of David sat mid-pack going into the far turn and unleashed a furious stretch rally under Joe Talamo to take Thursday’s $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes by one length while covering one mile on turf in 1:36.07.
With the temporary rail set at 20 feet, Imperious One, who was part of a three-horse speed brigade throughout, spurted clear turning for home, but Path of David collared him inside the sixteenth pole and won comfortably.
“It felt like the pace was pretty honest which we thought was going to happen,” said Talamo. “We were able to save ground around the first turn and by the three-eighths, I had so much horse I didn’t want to take the chance of getting him stopped. I took him to the outside and he did the rest.”
Heavily favored in a field of ten 2-year-olds, Path of David paid $4.20, $3.40 and $2.40. A Kentucky-bred gelding by the Gone West stallion Istan, Path of David followed up on an impressive one mile turf maiden win at Del Mar in registering his second win from six career starts. Owned by Sam and Janet Alley and Ike and Dawn Thrash, he picked up $46,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $90,555.
“I was a bit worried when the rails were out today but when I saw the winner of the fourth race today close well, I was happy with that,” said Mulhall. “We’re probably going to try the dirt with him next. He got good when he stretched out and I think we’ll try the dirt again with him.”
Trained by Doug O’Neill, Irish-bred Imperious One was off at 6-1 and paid $5.20 and $3.40 while finishing a half length in front of Arabian Leopard.
Far back in last position until the field turned for home, Arabian Leopard, who was handled by Martin Garcia, rallied well for third, finishing 3 ¼ lengths in front of Canada. The second choice at 9-2, Arabian Leopard paid $3.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.84, 46.77, 1:11.70 and 1:24.05.
Note: The Eddie Logan Stakes is named for one of Santa Anita Park’s all-time favorite employees, the late Eddie Logan, who manned his shoeshine stand at The Great Race Place from its opening on Dec. 25, 1934, until shortly before his passing at age 98 on Jan. 31, 2009.
First post time for a nine-race card on Friday, New Year’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.