Class Racing Stable’s Holy Lute and jockey Jamie Theriot win the second division of the Grade III, $ 100,000 Eddie D Stakes, Friday, September 30, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.
Class Racing Stable’s Holy Lute won the first graded stake of his career in Friday’s second division of the G3 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita, cruising away down the hill of Santa Anita’s turf course 1 1/4 lengths in front of the competition. Under the expert piloting of Jamie Theriot, the 6-year-old son of Midnight Lute stopped the clock in 1:11.23 for trainer James Cassidy, a few ticks faster than in the first division of the race.
“I knew he was going to run big, he’s been doing well,” Theriot said. “Third race off a layoff, working very well, very nice. He ran phenomenal today. I told Jim he would run big. I told him I’d be very disappointed if he didn’t but, he did.”
The filly So Sweetitiz jumped out the gates the quickest, but was overtaken by Kaabraaj by a half-length; he would go on to mark the first quarter in :21.78. Holy Lute was tracking well along the inside in third, with Guns Loaded tracking from fourth. Through the steepest part of the course, Kaabraaj led So Sweetitiz through the half-mile in :43.14. She moved up to draw even with the leader nearing the head of the stretch, but Holy Lute was making his move up the rail at the same time.
Holy Lute jumped out to a two-length lead at the top of the lane, and maintained his advantage all the way to the wire. Boozer and Guns Loaded were locked in a duel for second, with Boozer nosing out Guns Loaded at the wire. Toowindytohaulrox closed well to be fourth.
A steward’s inquiry was held into the stretch run regarding the runs of Boozer and Guns Loaded, and the jockey of fifth-placed Ohio filed an objection against both Boozer and Guns Loaded for interference in the stretch. The stewards decided to make no changes to the order of finish.
“I knew if this horse had a good break, a clean trip, he’d run well,” Cassidy said. “It was a little awkward at the start, the way he broke, but it turned out very well.
“More than likely I’d say the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint is where we’re headed.”
Bred in Kentucky by Lynn Schiff, Holy Lute was a $ 65,000 weanling at the Keeneland November Sale. The gray horse improved his overall record to 6-6-3 from 27 lifetime starts, with earnings of just over $ 500,000.
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