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Drayden Van Dyke celebrates aboard Stormy Liberal after the Eddie D Stakes.
Friday was Opening Day of Santa Anita's fall meeting, with the feature race the $100,000 Eddie D Stakes (G3) for older horses sprinting about 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course, named in honor of Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye. Conditions were typical for late September in Southern California, with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80's. Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) winner Stormy Liberal was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 9 off a win in the Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Conquest Tsunami, 12th in the Wickerr Stakes after finishing 2nd in the Jaipur (G2), and 13-2 third choice Touching Rainbows, 3rd in both the Bing Crosby (G1) and the Green Flash Handicap.
Down the stretch in the Eddie D.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Stormy Liberal Van Dyke 6.40 3.40 2.60 8 Conquest Tsunami Prat 4.00 3.20 2 Caribou Club Talamo 4.00 Winning Time: 1:10.93 $1 Exacta 3-8 9.10 $0.50 Trifecta 3-8-2 18.70 $0.10 Superfecta 3-8-2-1 31.94
Left: Stormy Liberal in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Peter Miller, who trains the first two finishers, said, "Both horses ran great," said Miller. "When they crossed the dirt, I thought Flavien might be gone. But 'Stormy,' he's got so much heart. He just shows up." Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye presented the trophy for the race named in his honor.
Right: Stormy Liberal heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: Stormy Liberal in the paddock before the race.
Right: Stormy Liberal returns after the race. Winning jockey Drayden Van Dyke said, "He knows where the wire is, for sure, but think he could've won by three. I thought I'd be a little farther back, but he broke like a rocket, so I was up close. I hadt hat horse measured."
Left: Second place finisher Conquest Tsunami in the paddock. Jockey Flavien Prat said, "My horse ran good, he really tried hard. He was just second-best today." Trainer Peter Miller added he may send both Stormy Liberal and Conquest Tsunami to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1).
Right: Third place finisher Caribou Club returns after the race. The 15-2 fourth choice raced in 8th 8 lengths off the early pace under Joe Talamo then rallied to get third beatem just 3/4 length. The Tom Proctor trainee improved his record to 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 4 thirds in 15 starts, earning $324,744 for owner-breeder Glen Hill Farm.
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