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Notebook: Eddington stages improbable comeback

| Saturday, May 21, 2005, 12:00 p.m.

Mark Hennig-trained Eddington came from last place to win the $500,000 Grade I Pimlico Special on Friday, routing a seven-horse field that included 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Funny Cide. Eddington, who finished third in last year's Preakness, beat Pollard's Vision by 5 1/4 lengths under Eibar Coa's handride in the 1 3/16-mile race. Presidentialaffair was third, a half-length ahead of Funny Cide. Eddington paid $7.20 for his first Grade I win.

In other stakes races yesterday, hometown pick Silmaril ran down 1-5 favorite Ashado in the stretch to win the $150,000 Grade III Pimlico Distaff Breeders' Cup. Spun Sugar won the $200,000 Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes as the even-money favorite and Burnish pulled away to claim the $100,000 Grade III Miss Preakness Stakes.

= The Preakness is the last of the six Graded stakes races today at Pimlico. Racing gets underway at 10:30 a.m. Among the races are a $200,000 Grade II that includes two of the nation's best turf runners, and a six-furlong sprint led by stakes winner Gators N Bears. Four $100,000 races are on the card -- the Woodlawn Stakes for 1 1/16-mile on the turf; The Grade III Gallorette Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies and mares; the 1 1/16-mile Sir Barton Stakes; and the Grade III, 1 1/8-mile William Donald Schaefer Handicap. The $200,000 Maryland Breeders' Cup features Gators N Bears and Mark Hennig-trained Primary Suspect; and the Grade II CompUSA Dixie Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race, includes Maker's Mark Mile champion Artie Schiller, Breeders' Cup Turf champion Better Talk Now and Hollywood Derby winner Good Reward.

  • A new racing series designed for the best 3-year-old thoroughbred turf runners was announced yesterday. Called "The Grand Slam of Grass," the series is sponsored by Jacobs Investments and has $5 million in prize money. The Grand Slam of Grass will begin June 25 with the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup, followed by the $750,000 Grade III Virginia Derby on July 16. Both races will be held at Colonial Downs. The third leg will be the $400,000 Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Chicago's Arlington Park on Aug. 13. The final race of the series is the $2 million Grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf on Oct. 29 at Belmont Park. Race officials hope to attract some of the top turf horses from Europe for the series.

  • Greeley's Galaxy worked three furlongs in 34.80 seconds yesterday. It was the fastest of 12 workouts at the distance over the sloppy track. "He went that fast, came back and wasn't blowing a puff," assistant trainer Glen Stute said.

  • It took until less than 24 hours before the race, but Galloping Grocer arrived by van from New York yesterday afternoon. The son of A.P. Jet, ridden by Joe Bravo, has lost five in a row since a 3-0 start.

    DIGITS


    4 - Number of post-time favorites who have finished out of the money in the Preakness in the past 34 years.

    179.80 -- Price paid in dollars for a $2 wager on Gabianna, the winning horse in the 12th race at Pimlico yesterday.

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