Echo Eddie Skims the Rail For Stakes Triumph

From Santa Aniat Park
Echo Eddie, a consistent gray son of Restless Con, found room along the rail entering the stretch and went on to a hard-earned 1 1/2-length victory in the $109,600 Sensational Star Handicap at Santa Anita Park on Sunday.

Ridden by Iggy Puglisi, Echo Eddie won for the sixth time in 11 career starts and paid $4.60 as the favorite in the field of eight California-breds in the 6-1/2 furlong race. Echo Eddie also has one second and three thirds. His lone out-of-the-money finish came in the Morvich Handicap, in which he finished fourth.

"It crossed my mind that we were in tight as we crossed the dirt," Puglisi said. "But once I got after him, he really gave me a turn of foot. He's gotten easier to ride as he's matured."

It was the second stakes win in two days for trainer Darrell Vienna, who saddled Lasersport to win Saturday's San Miguel Stakes.

The victory was worth $65,760 to owners David and Rita Milch and increased 4-year-old Echo Eddie's career earnings to $237,976.

Echo Eddie broke well behind pace-setter Unlimited Value, held his position on the inside until the field crossed the dirt on the unique downhill course, then responded well to pressure through the stretch to draw clear at the wire.

Unlimited Value, ridden by Chris McCarron, held second, a nose in front of Macward, who was ridden Eddie Delahoussaye. Flying Rudolph, The Morris Monroe, Turkish Prize, Champ's Star and McCordnskuba completed the order of finish.

Echo Eddie, under 116 pounds, covered the distance on a "good" course in 1:14.42 after Unlimited Value established fractions of :22.57, :45.75 and 1:08.38 for six furlongs.

For the second consecutive day, the meet's leading jockey, Laffit Pincay Jr., won three races on the card. Racing's career win leader with 9,064 has 21 victories through 16 days of Santa Anita's 83-day season.