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The Usual Q. T. Headlines Eddie Read

The Usual Q. T. take the Oak Tree Derby on BC day 2009

An evenly matched field of older grass runners will be heading into Del Mar's first Grade I race of the meeting Saturday as seven were entered Wednesday for the 37th running of the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

 

The ultra-consistent The Usual Q.T. heads the field, but will draw plenty of competition from turf veterans and top money earners Acclamation, Loup Breton, Enriched, Victor's Cry and Crowded House, an invader from England and Dubai, where he ran in this year's Dubai World Cup.

 

Trainer Jim Cassidy's The Usual Q.T., who will be ridden by regular jockey Victor Espinoza, comes to the race from an allowance victory at Hollywood Park in a comeback race from a fourth-place finish in the Group I Dubai Duty Free in March. The California-bred son of Unusual Heat broke his maiden last August at Del Mar, starting a six-race winning streak. His record shows seven wins and four seconds in 14 career starts and $813,320 in earnings.

 

 "The horse is doing very well and continues to be very consistent," Cassidy said. "I expect him to be off the pace and come running at the end, which is his style. I think there'll be plenty of speed in the race to set that up."

 

Victor's Cry, with $350,633 in purse money, figures to be a factor as the field turns for home. "I'm excited about running in here," trainer Eoin Harty said. "It looks like a great spot for him, and I'm hoping he'll perform as expected." Corey Nakatani has the call.

 

Second on the race's list of earners is the Julio Canani-trained Loup Breton at $745,712. He has two wins, a second and a third in six outings for Canani, with the third-place finish in Churchill Downs' Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby day maybe his best race of all. Rafael Bejarano rides.

 

Acclamation, on a two-win streak before fading to ninth in the Grade I United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park on July 3, gets Christian Santiago Reyes back for the fourth straight time, and the invading Crowded House, with earnings of $715,400, will be ridden by Tyler Baze.

 

Enriched, the 5-year-old half-brother to the retired multiple Grade I winner and 2006 Pacific Classic victor Lava Man, will be ridden by defending Del Mar riding champion Joel Rosario for trainer Doug O'Neill. Hyades, trained by Ben Cecil, rounds out the field with Martin Garcia in the irons. Hyades has been no worse than fourth in six starts since coming to Cecil from England, including a solid third, beaten a half-length in Hollywood Park's Grade II American Handicap on July 4. 

 

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As the likes of Tuscan Evening and Caribbean Sunset before him. It will not at all surprise me to see Crowded House come to America and flourish. When this colt won the Racing Post Trophy as a 2yr.old at Doncaster over very fast turf. He let loose with an incredible turn of foot to blow by Jukebox Jury for the win. Crowded House also showed excellent synthetic track form over the Tapeta on Meydan during the Dubai Carnival. Finishing a half-length behind Allybar in the Al-Maktoum Challenge Rd. 2. And of course, Allybar ended up in that 3 horse photo between himself, Lizard's Desire, and Gloria De Campeao to decide the Dubai World Cup. Allybar also beat Presvis during the carnival, too.

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