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The Echo Eddie and Evening Jewel at Santa Anita

Author: Don Mckee
Published: Friday May 15, 2020
With the resumption of racing set for Saturday at Santa Anita Park, eyes will be turned to two stakes opportunities for California-breds. The $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes and $150,000 Evening Jewel Stakes are both set to run over six furlongs.

The Echo Eddie

The Echo Eddie Stakes has a field of nine 3-year-olds, including six colts, two geldings, and one filly. 

Phantom Boss will be making his 2020 debut from the far outside post. The son of Shackleford performed well last year at 2, taking the Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, which was at the Echo Eddie Distance. 

Phantom Boss, trained by Jorge Periban, finished out his freshman season with the Aug. 30 I’m Smokin Stakes at Del Mar, where he finished off-the-board. 

He is owned by Tom Beckerle, Dena Bengson, Rick Bengson, Terry Lovinger, and Amanda Navarro. His most recent work was on May 10, where he went six furlongs in 1:14 2/5.

Drayden Van Dyke will have the call for Phantom Boss. 

The only filly in the field is Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal’s Big Sweep, a daughter of Mr. Big. She is coming off a March 14 debut win.

Big Sweep is trained by Mark Glatt, and she has not raced since Santa Anita Park halted racing in March.

She has been training steadily and posted five timed works at Santa Anita on dirt, and her most recent was a four-furlong move in :50 on May 9.

Big Sweep will break from post 8 under Flavien Prat. 

Club Aspen will also be looking to add to his stakes wins. In two starts this year, he came close to the winner’s circle.

The son of Clubhouse Ride is trained by Craig Anthony Lewis and owned by Lawrence Lewis.

He finished third last out in the Feb. 28 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita and fifth in the Jan. 18 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita, which was his first race of the year.

Club Aspen’s only stakes win came in the King Glorious Stakes over one mile at Los Alamitos Race Course when he was 2.

He will break from post 5 under Jorge Velez. 

Bettor Trip Nick closes out the field and will break from post 7 with Umberto Rispoli.

The Evening Jewel

The Evening Jewel is set to run with a field of 10 fillies, led by Bulletproof One. She has won her last two starts in allowance company. 

Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Gary Barber, Cecil Barber, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Wachtel Stable, the Idiot Proof filly won her first three starts last year. One of those starts was the Everett Nevin and California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association stakes. 

In her sophomore debut in January, Bulletproof One finished second in the California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita. She then finished fourth in the Baffle Stakes and went on to win back-to-back allowance optional claiming races in March at Golden Gate Fields. She will break from post 5 under Abel Cedillo.

Another runner in the field is stakes performer KMN Racing homebred Been Studying Her, who has not raced since January. The filly took two stakes wins last year in California, which were the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar and the Golden Stake Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Santa Anita.

The filly also finished fourth in the Chandelier Stakes (G1) behind multiple grade 1 winner Bast. 

In her only start this season, Been Studying Her finished off-the-board in the Jan. 18 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita. She will break from post 3 under Flavien Prat.

Warren’s Showtime, who is 2-for-2 in stakes company this year, will also join the field. The filly scored the California Cup Oaks and the China Doll Stakes. She will break from post 9 under jockey Jorge Velez.