Eaton's Gift seized the lead inside the eighth pole and held off 1-2 favorite Benny the Bull by 1 1/2 lengths in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on Summit of Speed day at Calder Race Course July 11.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2005
- KY -Bred
|Trainer||Martin D. Wolfson|
|Jockey||Eduardo O. Nunez|
|Owner||Edmund A. Gann|
|Processor's Turf View Five-Cross Pedigree||Sky Mesa||Pulpit|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Weanling||Walnut Hill Stables||Castleton Lyons, agent||$270,000|
|Yearling||Mike Ryan, agent||Woods Edge Farm, agent||$240,000|
|Two-year-old||John Sadler, agent||Niall Brennan Stables, agent||$425,000|
|Racing or stallion prospect||Awsumb Stable||Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent for Estate of Edmund Gann||$5,000|
Last season, IEAH Stables and partners' Benny the Bull capped a five-race win streak in the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II), a victory that solidified his Eclipse Award as the nation's top sprinter. Now, months after being brought back from retirement the 6-year-old horse will try to win the event for the second year in a row, as he takes on five rivals July 11 at Calder Race Course.
Zayat Stables' Halo Najib appears to be on the outside looking in as far as making the 2008 Kentucky Derby field. Barring a last-minute defection, he's more likely to make his turf debut in the $150,000 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 2, the day before the Derby.