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IMPROVING FILLY COULD BE TROUBLE SET TO TAKE ON THE BOYS IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 ECHO EDDIE FOR CAL-BREDS AT 6 ½ FURLONGS; PROMISING OMEGA STAR EXITS GRADE II SAN FELIPE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2013)—With a best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 89, 3-year-old filly Could Be the Trouble and promising Omega Star, who faced top sophomores in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 9, head a field of twelve 3-year-old California-breds set to contest Saturday’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs.
Could Be Trouble, an impressive maiden $30,000 claiming winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Feb. 18, was subsequently purchased privately and made her first start for trainer Peter Miller in a starter allowance race going 6 ½ furlongs on March 15. The result was a resounding 3 ½ length tally and a final clocking of 1:16.20.
Faced with the option of supplementing the daughter of Ministers Wildcat to Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies or the Echo Eddie, trainer Miller obviously felt the Echo Eddie was the place to be for his newly purchased distaffer.
Owned by Altamira Racing Stable, Barber or Wachtel and partners, Could Be Trouble has had one work at her Betfair Hollywood Park base since her win on March 15, a three furlong breeze in 37.60 on March 24.
Could be Trouble will face males and be ridden for the first time by Garrett Gomez on Saturday, as Gary Stevens, aboard for the March 15 win, rides out of town. With two wins and a second from four starts, Could Be Trouble has earnings of $40,250.
Omega Star, a California-bred gelding by Candy Ride, debuted at Aqueduct and ran second in an open maiden special weight on Dec. 13. He was subsequently shipped west to the barn of John Shirreffs and was a three length maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs versus statebreds at Santa Anita on Dec. 31.
Second as the 4-5 favorite in the $300,000 Cal Breeders Champion Stakes at one mile on Jan. 26, Omega Star tried graded competition for the first time in the San Felipe—finishing a well beaten seventh, 13 lengths behind winner Hear the Ghost.
Owned by his breeders, Herman Sarkowsky and Martin Wygod, Omega Star takes a huge dip in class Saturday and if he runs to his early notices, rates a huge chance to win. With a win and two seconds from four starts, he has earnings of $103,250.
Third in the Cal Breeders Champion Stakes and a facile 1 ¾ length Cal-bred allowance winner going a mile on grass March 1, the Bob Baffert-trained Surfcup gets the services of Rafael Bejarano in the Echo Eddie and looks dangerous cutting back in distance.
A first-out Cal-bred maiden winner on Nov. 23, Surfcup, a colt by Unusual Heat who is owned by his breeder, Donald Dizney, has two wins and a third from four starts. He has earnings of $98,800.
Trainer Mark Glatt will saddle a lightly raced pair in the Echo Eddie. Follini, who was second in his debut going six furlongs on March 1, and Raised a Secret, idle since running third in his second career start in the one mile Gottstein Futurity on Sept. 23 at Emerald Downs near Seattle.
Follini, who fought back gamely under Gary Stevens, would appear to have plenty upside and will be ridden by Tyler Baze. Owned by Glatt, or Branch or Wagner, he’s by Western Fame and is out of the Kennedy Road mare Jetinwith Kennedy.
Owned by Dr. Rodney E. Orr, Raised a Secret adds blinkers and has six works on his tab for his return to action, his most recent a three furlong breeze in 34 flat, best 12 at the distance March 26 at Santa Anita.
Veteran trainer Hector Palma will also be represented by two runners in the Echo Eddie—the lightly raced Indian Classic and well-seasoned Fighting Hussar.
Ridden by Eswan Flores, Indian Classic was an impressive Cal-bred maiden special weight winner going six furlongs on March 1, his second career start. Dispatched as the 2-1 favorite in an eight-horse lineup, Indian Classic earned a Beyer Speed figure of 82 and appears to be on the improve. A gelding by Cindago, Indian Classic is owned by Palma, B G Stable or Granja Mexico.
Second three starts back in the seven furlong, $200,000 King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 16, the Hector Palma-trained Fighting Hussar was well beaten in his next two starts--the Cal Breeders Champion Stakes and in an open allowance race going six furlongs on March 10.
Owned by Palma or B G Stable, Fighting Hussar, a colt by Rockport Harbor, has earnings of $139,724 from a record of 8-2-1-2.
The complete field for The Echo Eddie, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program Saturday with jockeys and weights in post position order: Back to Bako, Julien Leparoux, 118; Follini, Tyler Baze, 118; Surfcup, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Could Be Trouble, Garrett Gomez, 118; Alydidit, Orlando Mojica, 118; Indian Classic, Eswan Flores, 118; Raised a Secret, Kevin Krigger, 118; Hunger, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Omega Star, Joe Talamo, 118; I’m Denny Crane, Aaron Gryder, 118; Fighting Hussar, Victor Espinoza, 120, and Lovmeister, Agapito Delgadillo, 118.
In addition to the Echo Eddie, 3-year-old California-bred fillies will go postward Saturday in the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes, to be run as the sixth race, at 6 ½ furlongs.
First post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m. For more racing information, visit www.santaanita.com.