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Passing Game Most Accomplished in Echo Eddie

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 lengths.

 

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.

 

 

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