Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint distance in Eddie Haskell's favor

Del Mar Stable Notes
July 26, 2019 05:30pm
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint distance in Eddie Haskell's favor
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The victory by Eddie Haskell in Wednesday's first race at Del Mar was his seventh in 11 starts, and the third in a row, since Mark Glatt claimed the 6-year-old son of Square Eddie for $50,000 in April of last year.

That makes Glatt and the legion of racing fans who follow the horse -- named for a memorable secondary character in the classic “Leave It To Beaver” TV series -- very happy.

Eddie Haskell had been away from racing for just over a year when Glatt put in the successful claim at Santa Anita. Glatt liked what he’d seen of ‘Eddie,’ who had run 11 times, and despite the layoff liked his prospects as a turf sprinter. The wins at five furlongs on the Jimmy Durante Turf Course here – one at the summer meeting and two in the fall – bolstered the notion.

Then came the ill-fated Santa Anita meeting and a decision to switch some stakes from the unique 6 ½-furlong downhill turf course with its crossing of the dirt main track, to five furlongs. Eddie Haskell won both the Daytona (G3) and the  Siren Lure.

“To be honest, we got lucky,” Glatt said. “I don’t know if he would have done as well down the hill, so that worked in our favor.”

Wednesday’s five-furlong turf sprint victory was a prep for the identically conditioned Grade 3, $100,000 Green Flash Handicap. Success there could lead to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at, naturally, five furlongs at Santa Anita.

While the Eddie Haskell character on TV was the personification of the word “smarmy,” Glatt says the horse is “cool.” There was talk of getting the horse and Ken Osmond, the actor who played Eddie Haskell, together for some publicity photos. Glatt’s in favor of it.

 

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