Bob Baffert’s multiple stakes winner Heck Yeah, who tasted defeat for the first time in his most recent start and Brian Koriner’s Take the One O One, who comes off solid allowance score, head a field of eight sophomores going 6 ½ furlongs in Saturday’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for horses bred or sired in California.
Owner: Michael Pageler, Dr. Michael Sigband and Bob Baedeker Trainer: Bob Baffert
A winner of his first three starts, including the Cal Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles two starts back on Feb. 19, this California-bred colt by Acclamation faced open company for the first time in the one mile turf Pasadena Stakes and ended up fifth, beaten four lengths after stalking the early pace. A winner of the California Cup Turf Sprint going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf three starts back, he should appreciate the return to sprinting and the drop in class. Favored in two out of his four starts, he’ll run for the first time without blinkers on Saturday. A winner of three out of his four starts, he’s banked $198,000 and will be ridden for the third consecutive time by Mike Smith.
TAKE THE ONE O ONE
Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable
Trainer: Brian Koriner
Blessed with an abundance of early foot, he could be pressured early by trainer Steve Miyadi’s Psycho Dar, who will likely be sent from his outside post. Head and head for the early lead, Take the One O One took command turning for home en route to a half length win in a state-bred first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs here on March 4. Although he was dismissed at 72-1, he posted a third place finish, beaten 10 ¼ lengths, behind Bolt d’Oro two starts back in the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 30. With an overall mark of 5-2-1-1, he has earnings of $114,945.
THE $200,000 ECHO EDDIE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 6 of 13 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PT
1. Rewired—Tyler Baze—122
2. Campaigner—Kent Desormeaux—120
3. Heck Yeah—Mike Smith—124
4. Take the One O One—Joe Talamo—122
5. Shaymin—Mario Gutierrez—120
6. Fire When Ready—Javier Castellano—120
7. Generally Lucky—Stewart Elliott—122
8. Psycho Dar—Evin Roman—120