ARCADIA, Calif. (June 21, 2012)—Eddie Delahoussaye, widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of all time, will be so recognized on opening day of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet on Sept. 28, as The Great Race Place will card the inaugural Grade III “Eddie D. Stakes” for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course.
A revered member of racing’s Hall of Fame and a two-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, Delahoussaye won the race’s precursor, the Morvich Stakes, in 1984 with the Eddie Gregson-conditioned Tsunami Slew.
“This is a great honor,” said Delahoussaye, who resides in Arcadia with his wife, Juanita, daughter Mandy, son Loren and sister Rose Ann, and is active in the Thoroughbred business as a racing and sales consultant. “My family is very excited about it and I am too. This race has a rich history and I want to thank Santa Anita for thinking of me.