07/17/2012 4:03PM

Del Mar: Slim Shadey will come back on short rest for Eddie Read

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Shigeki Kikkawa
A prospective short field has helped convince trainer Simon Callaghan to bring back Slim Shadey back on two weeks' rest for Saturday's Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar.

DEL MAR – Acclamation has scared away just about all his rivals from the Grade 1, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes on Saturday at Del Mar, but not Slim Shadey. Although Slim Shadey ran just two weeks ago in the United Nations at Monmouth, trainer Simon Callaghan on Tuesday said that the prospective small field for the Eddie Read, plus the condition of Slim Shadey coming out of the U.N., will compel him to enter Slim Shadey in the Eddie Read.

“He’s doing so well, and it’s coming up a short field,” said Callaghan, who said he is inclined to throw out the U.N. performance. In that race, Slim Shadey was far behind a dawdling pace, and though he came home fast, the leaders had way too much left. He finished fifth, behind the victorious Turbo Compressor, after finishing first or second in his five prior starts.

“He missed the break, clipped heels, and ended up about nine lengths behind early on,” Callaghan said. “It was an impossible task. The horse on the lead had an easy lead over a speed-favoring course. I wasn’t disappointed with the horse under the circumstances. He didn’t have a hard race. He’s been doing so well, he’s telling us he should run.”

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Garrett Gomez will take over as the rider for Slim Shadey, Callaghan said. David Flores had been aboard Slim Shadey for all seven of the horse’s starts since he came here from his native Britain.

On his best day, Slim Shadey is among the best distance turf horses on this circuit. Prior to the U.N., he was only a length behind Acclamation when second in the Whittingham at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 9.

Few others are expected for the Eddie Read, at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Trainer Ron McAnally had two of the nine nominees to the race, but he will run only Interaction while waiting for another spot for Suggestive Boy. Interaction won an optional-claiming race at Hollywood Park on June 16 in his first start for McAnally.

Casino Host and Utopian are also possible.

Potential big weekend for Callaghan

In addition to Slim Shadey, Callaghan this weekend is also set to start Imperialistic Diva in the $85,000 Osunitas Handicap for older female turf horses on Saturday, and Byrama and perhaps Mary Fildes in the Grade 2, $150,000 San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday.

The San Clemente, at one mile on turf, is a major prep for the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 18. Byrama, second to the highly regarded Lady of Shamrock in the Providencia at Santa Anita in April, is coming off a victory in the six-furlong Manhattan Beach on the Hollywood Park turf.

The San Clemente favorite could be Eden’s Moon, who earned a start in the race with an impressive workout on the Del Mar turf on Monday. Others likely for the San Clemente include Don’tgetmadalexis, Indigo River, Killer Graces, Oblivion, and Open Water.