Pee Wee Reese emerges as Breeders' Cup threat in Eddie D win

September 27, 2019 07:13pm
Pee Wee Reese emerges as Breeders' Cup threat in Eddie D win
Photo: Courtesy of Santa Anita Park

Pee Wee Reese flew home along the Santa Anita Park rail Friday to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes and establish himself as a contender for a Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint that’ll run Nov. 2 over the same course.

The 6-year-old Philip D’Amato trainee went off at 5-2 and rated behind pace setter Boa Nova’s flashy fractions of :21.41 and :43.91.

Pee Wee Reese continued on inside down the stretch, taking over and holding off a late charge from 9-5 favorite Eddie Haskell, who came home second. Stormy Liberal, the two-time defending Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint hero, finished third.

California-based Nick Alexander bred and campaigns Pee Wee Reese, who returned $7 to win Friday under jockey Flavien Prat. He stopped the clock in 55.53 seconds, just off the five-furlong track record of :55.06.

“(Prat) got him in a nice spot there in the pocket, found a hole there at the top of the lane and exploded through,” D’Amato said.

Pee Wee Reese’s last start before the Eddie D took place back on March 31 in Santa Anita’s black-type Sensational Star Stakes. This marked the second graded triumph for the son of Tribal Rule, with the other taking place two years ago at Santa Anita in the American Stakes (G3).

D’Amato saddled 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion Obviously. Now he’s got another contender in a division that lacks a real frontrunner, especially considering East Coast standout World of Trouble hasn’t raced since winning Belmont Park’s Jaipur Invitational Stakes (G1) on June 8.

“Hopefully that’ll get us a berth into the Breeders’ Cup,” D’Amato said. “… I think it’s going to be wide-open race.”


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