By Emily Shields
Racing at Santa Anita returned on Friday, and the celebration continues Saturday with a pair of $150,000 stakes for California-breds. The Echo Eddie over six furlongs goes as Race 6 on a 10-race program. Watch and wager on every race from Santa Anita live on TVG.
Although the race is traditionally meant for colts and geldings, the filly Big Sweep is a viable threat in this spot. She will break from post 8 and is 5-2 on the morning line. She broke her maiden on debut March 14, winning by more than two lengths in front running fashion for trainer Mark Glatt. Flavien Prat is back aboard for this.
She is surrounded on both sides by her main challengers. On the outside is Phantom Boss, 4-1 on the morning line. The son of Shackleford turned heads when he won the Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs as a juvenile, defeating open company, but then he missed a scheduled start at Del Mar and was rushed into the Im Smokin Stakes for state-breds August 30. He ran seventh and hasn’t been seen since, but has had eight works on the comeback trail for trainer Jorge Periban.
Bettor Trip Nick is 3-1 morning line and breaks from Post 7. The gelded son of Boat Trip puts the blinkers on for this after running third in the California Cup Derby on January 18. Before that he was a stakes winner at six furlongs and a mile on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta main track. William Delia trains the four-time winner, who has never been worse than third.
Audace at 15-1 is worth a look for trainer Mike Puype. The son of Ministers Wild Cat broke his maiden over this course at seven furlongs on March 22, winning by a length and a half under Abel Cedillo. He has worked well since then, with a half-mile move in :49.3 on May 10.
Club Aspen is 4-1 and rounds out the top contenders. He switches back to dirt and cuts back to one turn for the first time since November. This was the winner of the King Glorious at Los Alamitos in December, and most recently was third on the grass in the Pasadena Stakes February 29. Craig Lewis trains the son of Clubhouse Ride.
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