07/17/2012 4:03PM

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

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.

Jordan More than 1 year ago
No Suggestive Boy mean Acclamation was going to get an easy lead in the Read, but with Slim Shadey going, he should have company early. This is the race that Slim Shadey should have been pointed to all along. The UN was a mistake on many levels; first, the horse had to ship for its 3rd straight race(from Cali to Kentucky, back to Cali, then to the Jersey Shore), the race was at 11 furlongs and the trainer had commented earlier in the year 10 furlongs is probably the horse's limits, and the horse was shipping to an area experiencing hot an humid conditions quite dissimilar from typical Cali weather. The big question now is whether the UN debacle ruined any chance Slim Shadey has in the Read. In my opinion, Slim Shadey just looked flat and empty in the UN, the supposed bad start aside. Although the horse might have broken slow, Flores did ask him to improve position soon after, pumping his arms noticably, but the horse just didn't respond. Interestingly, Acclamation was asked to do the same thing in 2010, running in the Read shortly after a dismal effort in the UN; Acclamation ran next to last in that year's Read.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Back in two weeks, just ran against the horse that has the highest Turf Beyer in the nation this year on Turf. I'd give him a fair shot to run well Not sure if he'll be good enough, but he should run better than last out.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
It's the right time to take a shot against Acclamation. He will be about 1-4 with chalk players getting reckless expecting a step forward off the long layoff. But Acclamation has only one win out of 8 starts at 9 furlongs on all surfaces. I would take a shot with Casino Host if the rider were anyone besides Talamo ( I'd take Bill Clinton on grass vs. Talamo on grass). Going with a small wager on Interaction to win.
Steve Reed More than 1 year ago
No doubt about "Garrett" great on the closers in particular. Never forget the ride he put on Blame" The only rider that could have willed a Horse to beat Zenyatta that day in the Breeders Cup Classic.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
I doubt that it's true, but maybe. The two critical points that enabled Blame to beat Zenyatta was - the pre-planned strategy to wait as long as possible, until the big mare showed up before asking Blame for everything, and Garrett's flashy execution of splitting horses while pushing Lookin at Lucky out of the way (the highly talented and exciting 3yo was not ready to tackle an older rockstar like Blame at that time. It was highly upsetting that they didn't bring him back at 4, he could have been a monster). It would require a decorated confident veteran jockey with a cool head yet not afraid to take chances who is also a great finisher, which totally cut down on the number of the qualifiers. There might have been only one or two other riders besides Garrett who could have pulled it off. And guess what? When Al Stall and Clairborne Farm sat down to plot the championship 4yo season for Blame, they took off Jamie Theriot despite him delivering 5 brilliant rides in a row on then 3yo Blame culminating in two gutsy wins over older horses in the Fayette and the Clark. I thought even Theriot's ride on Blame when he finished second to lone speed Regal Ransom in the Super Derby was excellent. Jamie Theriot fit Blame like a glove, and they accomplished much more together than David Flores and Slim Shady. Yet he lost the ride to Gomez. I think mainly because Theriot is much more highly regarded on turf than dirt. But David Flores has been riding lights out on turf this year, with much better numbers than Gomez (a whopping 25% for D Flores vs only 14% for Gomez) despite being assigned lesser mounts.
rdeeps52 More than 1 year ago
Thank God the Breeders Cup is in Cali this year, We'll finally see a Gr.1 with more then 5-6 horses.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
I agree, Played the BC in 2003 when it was at SA and did Great that day. Hope to repeat that this year.
Jim Syoen More than 1 year ago
How can the trainer take off Flores for Gomez? Flores had ONE bad ride out of 7! Great jicks are not always perfact. Remember Gomez on Lookin at Lucky! I hope Flores gets another mount in the Eddie Read and puts Slim Shady in the PARKING LOT!
Jim Syoen More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry. Jocks. Perfect.
Zakk W. More than 1 year ago
No disrespect to Flores but I would take Gomez any day, he's a big money rider. Remember he's just coming back to be a 100% from his injury, he finished the Hollywood Park meet with a bang! And he's got a much better agent.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
I think it's just a decision to go with the hot hands of Garrett Gomez, who has been the prime beneficiary of Rosario's departure. He has delivered these horses in major races since: - Switch in the G2 A Gleam, replacing Rosario directly - Love Theway Youare in the G1 Vanity, replacing Rosario directly - Jeranimo in the G1 Shoemaker Mile. Michael Pender has settled on using Gomez as the go-to guy in turf races. So it is only business, don't take it personally.