Flavien Prat celebrates aboard United after winning the 2021 Eddie Read Stakes
The highlight race of the second Saturday of Del Mar's summer meeting is the $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes (G2) for older horses going 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante turf course. Conditions were cool for late July on the beach with cloudy skies and the temperature near 70, with 10,383 fans in attendance. Smooth Like Strait was sent off as the even-money choice in the field of 7 off his win in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) after finishing a close third in the Old Forester Turf Classic (G1). In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice United, 4th in the Charlie Whittingham (G2) after winning the San Luis Rey (G3), and 4-1 third choice Count Again, unraced since 4th in the Old Forester Turf Classic.
Down the stretch in the Eddie Read Stakes
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 United Prat 8.60 3.40 2.80 6 Smooth Like Strait Rispoli 2.60 2.20 4 Count Again Bravo 2.80 Winning Time: 1:49.49 $1 Exacta 2-6 11.50 $1 Trifecta 2-6-4 32.40 $1 Superfecta 2-6-4-1 670.00Results Chart
Left: United in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Richard Mandella said, "He ran well and I'm very proud of him. He was coming off a terrible race, I've never had him run that bad. We worried and watched and did every test you can do on him and we found a bruise under his shoe two weeks old. It didn't seem like that big a deal, but it must have been. We'll probably look at the Del Mar Handicap next."
Right: United in the paddock. Winning jockey Flavien Prat said, "I could tell the fractions were slow; I could feel it. But my horse was travelling well and he was comfortable. I knew his last race wasn't his real race and I felt he'd run better today. The only question was being able to get out. He did and ran well through the lane. He's back."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Smooth Like Strait in the paddock before the race. The Mike McCarthy trainee improved his record to 7 wins, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds in 16 starts, earning $983,823 for owner-breeder Cannon Thoroughbreds.
Right: Third place finisher Count Again in the post parade. The Phil D'Amato trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 1 second, and 4 thirds in 12 starts, earning $397,665 for owner-breeder Sam-Son Farm and co-owner Agave Racing Stable.
Madone wins the San Clemente Stakes
Jockey Abel Cedillo sent 29-1 Nimbostratus to the lead first time by and she set fractions of 22.26, 45.86, and 1:11.12 while pressed by 35-1 Equilove and stalked by 20-1 Pizzazz. On the far turn Nimbostratus tired badly as Pizzazz inherited the lead through 7f in 1:23.63 before also fading badly. Madone, 8th early under Juan Hernandez, came out 5 wide into the stretch and outfinished Going Global to win by 1/2 a length in 1:35.28. It was another length back to 13-1 Tetragonal third.
Left: Madone in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Simon Callaghan said, "We were able to save ground and they were going quick early, so I was happy with our spot early. Juan made a wide early move but it was the right one. She's got a nice turn of foot and she's such a good filly. I blame myself (for sixth-place result in the Grade 3 Honeymoon on May 22 at Santa Anita); I ran her back too quickly. She bounced, it's as simple as that. We'll now look to the Del Mar Oaks."
Right: Madone in the paddock. Winning jockey Juan Hernandez said, "That was the plan, to lay back then come running. Simon (trainer Simon Callaghan) said to keep her covered up and save ground. That's what I did. On the turn (for home), I took her out and she gave it to me. She really came running. Nice win for sure."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Going Global in the paddock before the race. The Phil D'Amato trainee improved her record to 5 wins, 1 second, and 0 thirds in 9 starts, earning $288,792 for owners CYBT, Michael Dubb, Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig, and Ray Pagano.
Right: Third place finisher Tetragonal in the post parade. The Richard Baltas trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 6 starts, earning $88,214 for owners Slam Dunk Racing and Joey Platts.
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