Jockey Flavien Prat has a moment with Hunt after their victory in the Grade II, $ 250,000 Eddie Read Stakes, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.
Michael House’s Hunt bid between rivals to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar, reaching the wire a length in front of the favored Ashleyluvssugar. The 5-year-old Irish-bred son of Dark Angel, ridden by Flavien Prat, covered nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:47.62. The Eddie Read is the Phil D’Amato trainee’s first graded stakes victory.
“I don’t know if this was my best ride today,” Prat admitted. “He had been training so well and I know how he can finish. I thought he’d run well here. I moved up inside and thought they’d leave a hole for me. But it wasn’t happening there for a bit. I had to wait, but when we saw it (the hole) he was there. He finished strong.”
Bred in Ireland by Michael O’Callaghan, Hunt brought $ 106,517 at the 2014 Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale. He broke his maiden in his fourth start at Dundalk, and transferred to the United States in the late summer of 2015. Always a strong allowance contender, Hunt seems to be reaching his best stride as he gets older, and the Eddie Read win improves his career record to 6-5-3 from 22 starts, and earnings of just under $ 400,000.
“All along this was our plan, to use the American (mile at Santa Anita on July 4) as a prep race for this,” said D’Amato. “He got in a little trouble in that race, through no one’s fault and I think the mile and an eighth and adding blinkers helped this horse’s focus. We’ll put our heads together and decide on whether to run him back in the Del Mar Mile or stretch him out in the Del Mar Handicap. One of the two.”
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