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07.20 2014

Eddie Read Stakes

Del Mar, Calif. Del Mar

Tom’s Tribute lost the lead early in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes but had nothing to worry about late in the race, beating even money favorite Summer Front to win his first graded stakes race.

Tom’s Tribute gunned it in an effort to make the lead out of the gate but Horizontalyspeaking got there first, relegating Tom’s Tribute to second. The pair stayed in their positions during most of the race with even-money favorite Summer Front in third. Horizontalyspeaking set a solid pace and set the race up perfectly for jockey Mike Smith to push Tom’s Tribute’s to challenge the leader in the turn and take the lead as the rest of the field swarmed Horizontalyspeaking. Summer Front finished second with Spring Up in third.

While it looked for a second like Summer Front may give Tom’s Tribute a run for his money in the stretch, the Lion Heart son showed that he had nothing to worry about as he easily kept command of the race to the wire. The victory gave Smith back-to-back wins on the card while also giving Tom’s Tribute his second win of the year.

Bought for $310,000 at a 2-year-olds in training sale, the now-4-year-old is owned by Tom and Marilyn Braly. Trainer James Cassidy was originally aiming the colt at the Del Mar Mile this summer but called an audible and went to this race instead, a decision that paid off. After the race, Cassidy said that the Breeders’ Cup is the end goal for the horse.

Tom’s Tribute went off at odds of 2-1 and paid $6.60 for a $2 win ticket. 

Run for the first time in 1974, the Eddie Read Stakes is run at 1 1/8 miles on the turf during Del Mar's meet. WIckerr, Fastness, Special Ring, and Acclamation have each won the race twice.

Corey Nakatani and Bobby Frankel have the most wins in the jockey and trainer categories with five and seven, respectively. Four different owners have won the race to times with Edmund A. Gann (1981-82) and Prestonwood Farm (2003-04) each winning consecutive runnings of the race.

Special Ring holds the record for the largest winning margin with a five length victory in 2003 while Aragorn ran the fastest time in the history of the race when he won in a time of 1:44.79 in 2006, not only to set the race record but the track record at the distance as well.

  • Race Number: 5
  • Date of Race: July 20, 2014
  • Current Purse: $300,000
  • Location: Del Mar, Calif.
  • Track: Del Mar
  • Distance: 1 1/8 miles
  • Surface: Turf
  • Horse Age: 3-year-olds and older

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Date 07.20.2014

Race NameEddie Read Stakes

Track Del Mar

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