Bowies Hero goes for repeat against heavy favorite United in G2 Eddie Read at Del Mar Sunday

July 24, 2020

DEL MAR, Calif. — LNJ Foxwoods’ United, a chestnut gelding who loves to run long on the turf, will get an opportunity to do so at Del Mar Sunday when he tops a field of seven older horses named to the 47th running of the nine-furlong Eddie Read Stakes.

Read, who was at Del Mar in 1937 with Bing Crosby when the seaside track opened and played an instrumental part in its growth as its long-time publicity director, would have loved a horse like United – a big, strong, hard-trying son of the top sire Giant’s Causeway who runs his race every time and has put more than $1.1 million in the bank. The fact that he’s trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella and will be ridden by star jockey Flavien Prat would only add to his delight.

While United has earned his role as the 8/5 morning line favorite, his six rivals are not inclined at all to concede the race to the 5-year-old.

Among those who’ll surely give United a run for his money will be last year’s winner of the Read, Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, et al’s Bowies Hero, a 6-year-old full horse by turf champion Artie Schiller. The bay has won eight races and more than $1.5 million and comes into the test off a solid comeback race last month at Santa Anita. He’s been hung second choice on the line at 4-1 and will have Tiago Pereira in the boot.

Still others in the competitive lineup that are likely to have a say in the outcome are Red Barons Barn and Rancho Temescal’s Sharp Samurai, a multiple-stakes winner and Hronis Racing’s Combatant, winner of this year’s Santa Anita Handicap.

United is two-for-two this year with graded stakes victories in the San Marcos and Charles Whittingham at Santa Anita to his credit. Last year perhaps his best race was one in which he was beaten in a photo. That was the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita where he was nailed at the wire by turf champion Bricks and Mortar.

Neptune’s Storm comes into the Read off a game score in the San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields on June 14. The Stormy Atlantic gelding has won six races and more than $750,000 so far.

Originaire was only a half length behind United in the Charlie Whittingham and had trouble along the way. The Irish-bred 4-year-old appears to be a horse on the rise and bears watching in the Read.

Entries for the Eddie Read (G2)

Race 8 of 11, post time 5:30 p.m. PT, 8:30 p.m. ET

Post, horse (sire), trainer, jockey, mlo

1. Bowies Hero (Artie Schiller) – Phil D’Amato – Tiago Josue Pereira – 4/1

2. Originaire (IRE) (Zoffany {IRE}) – Jeff Mullins – Umberto Rispoli – 9/2

3. Sharp Samurai (First Samurai) – Mark Glatt – Juan Hernandez – 5/1

4. Combatant (Scat Daddy) – John Sadler – Jorge Velez – 12/1

5. Cleopatra’s Strike (Smart Strike) – Phil D’Amato – Abel Cedillo – 8/1

6. Neptune’s Storm (Stormy Atlantic) – Richard Baltas – Drayden Van Dyke – 6/1

7. United (Giant’s Causeway) – Richard Mandella – Flavien Prat – 8/5

Bowies Hero Wins 2019 Eddie Read Stakes 

Del Mar Entries for Sunday, July 26

First post Sunday is at 2 p.m.

Edited Press Release

Photo: United. Credit: Benoit Photos

Another great piece by Jonathan!

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