05/11/2014 6:50PM

Maiden breaks Santa Anita downhill turf course record


ARCADIA, Calif .- Eddie’s First lowered the course record for about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf at Santa Anita on Sunday, leading throughout to finish in 1:10.73.

The clocking beat the previous mark of 1:11.10 set by California Flag in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap in September 2008.

Eddie’s First ($4.20) disputed the pace throughout Sunday’s fourth race for California-bred maidens. Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, who carried 117 pounds, the 3-year-old Eddie’s First was a head behind Smart Journey after an opening quarter-mile in 21.48 seconds. Eddie’s First took the lead on the hillside, and led by a length through a half-mile in 42.58 seconds.

Eddie’s First widened his lead in the final three furlongs. He led by five lengths with a furlong remaining and won by 9 1/4 lengths over Smart Journey, who was 4 1/2 lengths in front of third-place finisher Otto’s Echo in the field of eight.

The final time was slightly faster than a hand-timed clocking by track timer Dane Nelson, who recorded early fractions of 21.35 and 42.29, and a final time of 1:10.81.

Eddie’s First is a Square Eddie colt owned by breeders Paul and Zillah Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill. Sunday’s race was Eddie’s First’s fifth start. He was eighth and ninth in maiden races last fall before being rested for nearly five months.

“He’s a horse that we’ve always been excited about,” O’Neill said. “We were very high on him. It’s strange to say this, but after his first few races we were a little disappointed. He had a little bit of a shin.”

Eddie’s First finished sixth in a maiden race against open company on the hillside turf course on April 5, his first start of the year. The colt was second in a maiden race for California-breds over a mile on turf on April 26.

O’Neill said he was stunned that Eddie’s First set a course record.

“Today was monstrous,” he said. “I think we have a future stakes horse.”


Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
wow wow how bout 1:04 for 6f never seen that
John Murray More than 1 year ago
All the more impressive as he did not appear to change leads down the stretch until near the finish. Evidently Trevor did not pick up on the fractional and final times on the clip above.
cmoney404 More than 1 year ago
'The final time was slightly faster than a hand-timed clocking by track timer Dane Nelson, who recorded early fractions of 21.35 and 42.29, and a final time of 1:10.81." why is this relevant? in 2014, is the technology so bad that some dude with a stop watch might be more accurate than lasers? yeeesh
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Im curious if this is 6.5 furlongs along the rail. The path they take isnt anywhere near the rail and seems to be a ton shorter with the route the horses they take.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This turf course is unique in that it has both a right and left hand turn in the course. When the horses break they are tending to be towards the outside rail a bit as that's the right hand turn. Then they cross sides of the track right before the true left hand turn. This colt was amazing! He was sooo fast, ears pricked and I was a bit worried when they have to cross the dirt--he drifted just slightly and then changed leads and blew the doors off them. I don't think the track that day was any faster than usual.
grayposse More than 1 year ago
Remember being at Santa Anita a few years back when Runflatout ran a sizzling first out time and they were all making him the Derby favourite, that didn't last long.
John More than 1 year ago
This should be interesting to see how he does next time down the hill ! I have a feeling the conditions were just perfect, very warm, the grass was short and groomed , and the course was rock hard .................."bingo ".......track record ! Impressive, but it didnt seem like a strong maiden field . Lets see next out !
Drew More than 1 year ago
I thought the same thing, but he won by 9 1/2 lengths. That means the second place horse ran about 1:12.60 which is fast but still reasonable for horses of this class.
Bobby Yasinow More than 1 year ago
I saw the race live (via simulcast) and this horse was LEVELLED out down the stretch, FLYING!
Michael Arndt More than 1 year ago
All Out? Trujillo Had The horse In A Double Hammerlock Til The stretch
Surasak More than 1 year ago
The jock went all out from the start to finish! 4,5,6,7,8 and keep on going to 9 lengths for what? May be the engine is underneath and pedal to metal .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow 6f in 104.4!! 6-1/2 in 110.4!! A maiden? Interesting...