03/31/2013 2:04PM

Santa Anita: Snow Chief next for Omega Star

Shigeki Kikkawa
The filly Doinghardtimeagain will be pointed to the Melair Stakes on April 27.

Trainer John Shirreffs won Saturday’s Echo Eddie Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds over 6 1/2 furlongs with Omega Star, who will remain in California and start in the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds over 1 1/8 miles on April 27.

“That’s the one we’ll aim for,” Shirreffs said. “So far he’s won going short, but he looks like a horse that can go a distance.”

In the Echo Eddie Stakes, Omega Star caught pacesetter Fighting Hussar in the stretch but was fully extended to hold off that rival in the final strides, winning by a nose. The Echo Eddie was Omega Star’s first stakes win, and first start since a seventh in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 9.

“He has a big run in him,” Shirreffs said. “When we go a distance, we’ll take him back and try to make it a one-run situation. He can accelerate.”

Owned by breeders Herman Sarkowsky and Marty Wygod, Omega Star, by Candy Ride, has won 2 of 5 starts and $223,250.

Doinghardtime again targets Melair

Doinghardtimeagain won her second sprint stakes for California-breds in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, and will stay in that division for the $250,000 Melair Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park on April 27, owner-breeder Tom Stull said.

Stull expects Doinghardtimeagain to thrive in the longer races. Last fall, as a maiden, she was second in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. She won the Soviet Problem Stakes for sprinters at Hollywood Park last December.

“I like her better at two turns,” Stull said. “She’ll run [in the Melair] for sure. She’s just getting better and better.”

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Doinghardtimeagain has won 3 of 7 starts and $346,270. In the Evening Jewel, she closed from third in a field of 11 to win by 3 1/2 lengths.