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Two Imports Target Eddie Read

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The entry deadline and post position draw for Saturday’s Eddie Read Stakes, the first of seven Grade I events during the Del Mar meeting, was scheduled for late Wednesday morning but preliminary indications were that the locally-based horses would have to deal with two imports, one from the Midwest and one from France.

Trainer Gary Mandella confirmed he would enter Sofast, a 4-year-old son of Rock of Gibraltar who has two victories in 11 starts, all in France. Julien Leparoux will ride.

“He arrived on Tuesday and we’re entering him right off the plane, “ Mandella said. “He has been competitive in France.”

Middie, a 5-year-old gelding who has been racing in Kentucky, is due to arrive at Del Mar Thursday. Trainer Philip J. Oliver told the Daily Racing Form that getting away from 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan was motivation for the trip.

“I figure if I’m 2,000 miles away he (Wise Dan) probably can’t beat me,” Oliver said. Middie was third to Wise Dan, beaten 6 ½ lengths, in the Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

Trainer Bob Baffert said he will enter Fed Biz, with Mike Smith to ride and jockey Garrett Gomez has the call on Lucayan for trainer Neil Drysdale. Trainer John Sadler was observing workouts and was later to decide between his two nominees, Barocci and Vagabond Shoes, but was set with Joe Talamo to ride.



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