ASK EDDY has been installed as the 9/5 morning line favorite in the 6th race at Hawthorne Thursday afternoon (estimated post is 4:40 PM CT). He handily beat most of this field already and there are a couple of new foes for him to take on as well. After his last performance he rightfully the favorite here. Let’s look at the field:
1 – FANTASY MAN (Overton/Sukie) – Won some cheapies down at Fairmont and then learned that the competition is a little tougher in Chicagoland. May try and go early but probably isn’t fast enough to get there, though after a few months off he may have needed one,
2 – ASK EDDY (BRINSON/CANCHARI)
3 – SUNDAY SAINT (Retana/Slinger) – Eddy beat him by 16 last out and he never ran a lick.
4 – KERA’s KITTEN (Reavis/Colvin) – Front runner that couldn’t hang on in his last and faded badly in the stretch. There are other speedsters in here, so this will only help EDDY’s chances. He’s scored as an unlikely choice and lost at low odds, so we don’t know who’s going to show up!
5 – QUIET REBEL (Dizeo/Rose) – A nice 2nd to EDDY before finishing third last out after a great run at Fairmont. Hard to rule him out, but with the other speed it’s going to be hard.
6 – IZZY GOLDEN (Cowan/Perez) – Smoked by EDDY two starts back before rebounding to finish third over a sloppy track last out. Another that likes to be on or near the lead.
7 – AWESOME RULES (Butler/Thornton) – Stays close to the pace and made a bid in EDDY’s last race but EDDY was able to clearly outfinish him.
Just about every horse in this field wants to be close except EDDY and SUNDAY SAINT. Should the speed all wear each other out and it comes down to us and the Saint, I like our chances. We know that Alex is going to give EDDY the best chance of winning and I really like his chances in here. I will never, ever predict victory – too many things can happen in the course of a race – but EDDY is going to be tough to beat in here.