Whatmakessammyrun Takes Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes
LONGSHOT WHATMAKESSAMMYRUN TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER BRAVO; GLATT GETS STAKES DOUBLE AS ‘SAMMY’ GETS 6 ½ PANELS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:11.47
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2022)—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.
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.
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.
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.