ALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED PEE WEE REESE TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D STAKES BY HALF LENGTH UNDER PRAT, TRAINED BY D’AMATO, HE GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF IN 55.33
RACE NAMED IN HONOR OF RETIRED ALL-TIME GREAT JOCKEY EDDIE DELAHOUSSAYE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2019)–Full of run while an attentive third around the far turn, Nick Alexander’s homebred Pee Wee Reese slipped through an opening turning for home en route to an impressive half length win over favored Eddie Haskell in Friday’s Grade III, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat and trained by Phil D’Amato, Pee Wee Reese, named for the late Dodger Hall of Fame shortstop, got five furlongs on turf in 55.33, just .27 seconds off the track record set by Eddie Haskell on Feb. 22.
Off at 5-2 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Pee Wee Reese paid $7.00, $3.80 and $2.80.
Bred in California, Pee Wee Reese is a 6-year-old full horse by Tribal Rule out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Bluegrass Belle. In notching his second graded stakes win, Pee Wee Reese is now 15-8-2-1 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he now has earnings of $532,901.
Breaking sharply from post position two, Prat was content to let his mount run into the bridle as he tracked early leader Boa Nova into and around the turn and easily prevailed late over the runner-up.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Eddie Haskell was next to last turning for home and made a big run while wide out, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of two-time Breeder’s Cup Turf Sprint winner and last year’s Eddie D victor, Stormy Liberal. Off at 9-5, Eddie Haskell paid $3.00 and $2.20.
Stormy Liberal, who was ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., never threatened for the win but was game for the show at 6-1 and paid $3.40.
Fractions on the race were 21.41 and 43.92.