SMILING ANGELO & COIL ME HOME PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES AT SIX FURLONGS
RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2019)–Phil D’Amato’s Smiling Angelo and the Richard Baltas-trained Coil Me Home both loom prominent in Saturday’s $100,000 Thor’s Echo Stakes at Santa Anita. Part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA, the Thor’s Echo is for California-bred or sired horses three and up.
Owner: Ferro Family Trust & Victor Flores
Trainer: Phil D’Amato
Lightly raced, this 4-year-old homebred ridgeling has been idle since late August at Del Mar and figures to show plenty of early zip off the bench. Favored in three out of his four starts, he won his first two races, on April 29, 2018 and on May 24, 2018, by a combined seven lengths here at Santa Anita. Out of the Proud Citizen mare Citizen Bernstein, Smiling Angelo has a steady series of solid works at both San Luis Rey Downs Training Center and here at Santa Anita.
COIL ME HOME
Owner: GGG Stables
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Most recently third, beaten two lengths in an open first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs here on May 4, this 4-year-old homebred gelding by Coil has a best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 91, but will have the rail to contend with in the Thor’s Echo, which will be his first stakes assignment. Out of the Came Home mare Goodtobehome, Coil Me Home will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, who will have to try to work out a trip from his inside post.
Owner: Irvin Racing Stable
Trainer: Carla Gaines
Unbeaten in five starts as a juvenile (four of them stakes) in 2015, this 6-year-old Southern Image gelding has been idle since May 20, 2018 and is winless in his last 14 starts–dating back to a rousing 8 ½ length score in the California Cup Derby here on Jan. 30, 2016. Easily the leading money earner in the field with $534,946, Smokey Image, who is out of the Free House mare Special Smoke, has six wins from 20 starts and will be ridden for the second time by leading man Flavien Prat.
THE $100,000 THOR’S ECHO STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:35 p.m. PT
- Coil Me Home–Drayden Van Dyke–122
- Prodigal Son–Mario Gutierrez–120
- Tap the Wire–Evin Roman–124
- Smiling Angelo–Joe Talamo–122
- Smokey Image–Flavien Prat–124
- Desert Law–Rafael Bejarano–122
- Fire When Ready–Abel Cedillo–120
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.