Glatt takes two stakes on the day at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. – In his first try down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course, trainer Mark Glatt’s Whatmakessammyrun sat mid-pack early, awaited room at the dirt crossing turning for home and unleashed a powerful stretch kick to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes by three quarters of a length. Ridden to perfection by Joe Bravo, the 4-year-old gelding by We Miss Artie got about 6 ½ furlongs down the hill in 1:11.47.
“I got beaten by him several times so I was able to watch him. I was never blessed to sit on him, but I felt like I knew him because I watched his races so much. He’s a good horse. He got beat three lengths to the best horses in New York. He had a lot of excuses, and I was really confident in today’s race. They brought me over a pony to play with today. He just ran faster than everybody else turning for home,” said Bravo.
An ungraded stakes winner going six furlongs out of Santa Anita turf chute in June 2021, Whatmakessammyrun came off of a fifth-place run going five furlongs in the Grade III Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar Sept. 4 and was off at 18-1 in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up and paid $38.00, $14.40 and $6.80.
Glatt, who won the previous race, the Grade II Santa Anita Sprint Championship with Howbeit, bagged his first Eddie D win, as did Bravo.
“He’s been a nice horse since the day Sam sent him to me. We got lucky early on last year, won a couple of stakes and had to give him some time off. When he came back it was all these five and five and a half furlongs races to choose from, and I kept telling Sam when we get a chance to get on the hill with this horse, he’s going to really improve, because he really is not fast enough going five-eighths and he’s got to negotiate between traffic, between horses.
“It worked out beautiful today, they went pretty quick in front of him, and Joe gave him a good ride. I’m just happy for Sam,”commented Glatt.
Owned by Sterling Racing, LLC, Whatmakessammyrun, who is out of the Touch Gold mare Reggae Rose, got his first graded stakes win and his fourth win from 15 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $304,570.
“What can I say he ran just like Mark said. He predicted he would run great down the hill at six and a half, he needed that extra distance. I looked at the board and at 18-1 I’m betting money on him. He definitely didn’t let me down today,” remarked.
Lane Way, ridden by Mike Smith, tracked the winner to the dirt crossing, angled to the rail and finished second by 1 ¼ lengths in a big effort. Off at 4-1, he paid $5.20 and $3.20.
Favored at 2-1, Gregorian Chant rallied from far back but wasn’t good enough on the day under Umberto Rispoli and paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the Eddie D were 21.38, 43.12 and 1:05.52.
Santa Anita Press Release; Photo by Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire; UPDATED 10 2 2022 4:14 PM