The most accomplished youngster among the 13 entrants in the Echo
Eddie is trainer Gary Sherlock’s Passing Game, who will carry high
weight of 122 pounds with Kevin Krigger aboard. Owned by co-breeders
Charles Bernhardt and Carol Chambers, the Game Plan colt has earned
$93,100 from a 2-0-2 record in five starts. A winner of the Golden
Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate last November, Passing Game came up a neck
short when a fast closing third in Santa Anita’s Baffle Stakes at 6 ½
furlongs on turf on Feb. 26.
Pulpit’s Express, trained by Mike Mitchell for Dutton Stables
and Tom Kessler, will cut back in distance from 1 1/16 miles while
aiming for his third straight victory. Joel Rosario rides the gelded son
of Lucky Pulpit who has won his last two starts by a combined 11 ¾
Scott McKeever’s The Black will seek his third straight victory
while sprinting over Santa Anita’s main track. Gomez will be atop the
Cherokee Run colt who most recently scored by two lengths in a starter
allowance event for trainer Doug O’Neill while negotiating 6 ½ furlongs
in 1:15 4/5.
Three Vases, who missed by a head when making his debut in
last summer’s Graduation Stakes at Del Mar, came back to break his
maiden at Santa Anita for trainer Robertino Diodoro on Jan. 7. The In
Excess colt, owned by Simon Hudy, most recently ran second to
PointsOffthebench while the winner sizzled 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14. Joe
Talamo will be in the irons.
The complete field for the Echo Eddie Stakes, with jockeys and
weights in post position order: La Mano Nera, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Real
Conundrum, Pedroza, 118; G’night, Smith, 118; Pulpit’s Express,
Rosario, 116; Bench Light, Jose Valdivia Jr., 116; Exotic Slew, Alonso
Quinonez, 118; Passing Game, Kevin Krigger, 122; Coach Bob, Eswan
Flores, 120; Three Vases, Joseph Talamo, 118; A Toast to You, David
Flores, 118; Derby Gold, Garcia, 116; Already There, Edwin Maldonado,
116, and The Black, Gomez, 116.
Multiple stakes-winner Heleonor Rugby, who will break from the
rail under jockey Edwin Maldonado, is the most advanced of the baker’s
dozen entered in the Evening Jewel. With earnings of $208,906 from a
3-2-2 record in eight races, the $27,000 sales purchase won both the
CTBA and Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar last summer. She also ran
third in the Grade III Sorrento Stakes. The daughter of Tribal Rule,
trained by A.C. Avila for Jessica Coudelaria, is the field’s co-high
weight at 122 pounds along with Starlight Magic.
Trained by Mark Glatt for Cory Wagner, Starlight Magic finished a
troubled fourth behind Heleonor Rugby in the Generous Portion before
going on to break her maiden before capturing the $100,000 California
Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita in her last start on Oct. 29. She
has been working swiftly for her return. Mike Smith has the riding
assignment aboard the $75,000 sales purchase who has won $96,780 from
two wins in four starts.
The complete field for the Evening Jewel Stakes, with jockeys
and weights in post position order: Heleonor Rugby, Maldonado, 122;
Starry Skies, Gomez, 118; River Kiss, Daniel Vergara, 118; Vicki
Victoria, Talamo, 120; Babyneedsnewshoes, Krigger, 116; Starlight Magic,
Smith, 122; Our Heat, Martin Pedroza, 118; Briteness, Rosario, 118,
Warren’s Amber, Eswan Flores, 116; Belloma, Quinonez, 120; Caribaya
Queen, David Flores, 120; Queen of the Hill, Hector Berrios, 116, and
Briteyednbushytail, Frederic Lenclud, 116.