The Eddie D Stakes Preview and Free Betting Pick – Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

The Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D Stakes will run as Race 7 on the Sept. 25 card at Santa Anita.

The event for 3-year-olds and up will cover 5 1/2 furlongs on turf and include names like Wildman Jack and Sparky Ville among the field of seven.

Here is a look at the top runners set for the Eddie D Stakes.

Wildman Jack, Sparky Ville

One of the leading runners coming into the race is W.C. Racing Inc.’s Wildman Jack. The 4-year-old gelding from Goldencents is trained by Doug F. O’Neill.

He has a career record of 4-2-1 from 10 starts and earnings of $389,005. In 2020, he has two wins from five outings.

Last time out, he finished fourth in the Aug. 1 Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) at Del Mar, where he registered a 113 Speed Figure. Before that, he took a disappointing 13th in the July 11 Shakertown Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.

The runner’s two victories came in the May 23 Daytona Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, where he registered a 115 Speed Figure, and the March 7 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint Sponsored By Arabian Adventures (G3) at Meydan Racecourse.

Wildman Jack will break from post 1 under jockey Abel Cedillo.

Another one of the top names among the field is Del Secco DCS Racing’s Sparky Ville. The 4-year-old gelding from Candy Ride is trained by Jeff Bonde.

He is 4-2-2 from 15 career starts and has earnings of $321,812. His 2020 performances include one win and one second from five runs.

His most-recent performance was a sixth-place finish in the Aug. 22 Green Flash Handicap (G3) at Del Mar, where he registered a 105 Speed Figure. He also took a July 26 allowance optional claiming race at the track and second in the May 23 Daytona Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita, the latter resulting in a 115 Speed Figure.

Sparky Ville will break from post 1 under Mike E. Smith.

El Tigre Terrible

One more entrant to pay attention to is Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig’s El Tigre Terrible. The 3-year-old gelding from Smiling Tiger is trained by Peter Miller.

He has a career record of 4-1-1 from eight starts and earnings of $210,510. This year, he has one win and one runner-up finish from three starts.

He scored the July 31 Real Good Deal Stakes (Black Type) at Del Mar, which followed an 11th-place finish in the July 10 Runhappy Oceanside Stakes (Black Type) at Del Mar. His other 2020 performance was a second-place effort in the June 6 Desert Code Stakes (Black Type) at Santa Anita.

El Tigre Terrible will break from post 6 under Flavien Prat.

The rest of the field (post, jockey) is set to include: Give Me the Lute (post 2, D. Van Dyke), Mr. Vargas (post 3, T. Baze), Grit and Curiosity (post 4, L. Saez), and Big Runnuer (post 7, J. J. Hernandez).

Spooky Express Free Pick – Wildman Jack

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