Eyes On Eddy and Taittinger Rose, the only horses entered in Saturday's $100,000 Suwannee River Handicap for the Gulfstream Park main track only, ran first and second in the sloppy going when the race was taken off the turf.A grade III race for fillies and mares on the turf, the race loses its graded status pending a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee. Seven horses were scratched when the 1 1/8-mile event came off the turf. Ralls and Foster LLC's 4-year-old filly Eyes On Eddy, the 13-10 favorite who led by four lengths in the stretch under Rafael Bejarano, dug deep to hold off Taittinger Rose and Cornelio Velasquez in the final stages for a half-length victory. Eyes On Eddy was drifting out late.Trained by Paul McGee, Eyes On Eddy is a daughter of Touch Gold who had won the My Charmer Handicap on the main track at Turfway Park Dec. 10 by 7 ¼ lengths. Eyes On Eddy, who paid $4.60, $3.20, and $2.40, crossed the finish line in 1:49:56 over the 'sloppy' track. Taittinger Rose returned $3.60 and $2.40. Marchonin, with John Velazquez aboard, finished third, 9 ¾ lengths behind the runner-up, and paid $2.60. Then came Cotopaxi and Elle Runaway in the slimmed down field of five.
Eyes On Eddy improved to 5-3-1 in 14 lifetime starts with earnings of $297,690."We hate for it to rain on a big day like this, but it worked out great for this filly in this stakes," McGee said. (Chart, Equibase)