Holy Lute wins $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Holy Lute won the second division of the $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths Friday on opening day of Santa Anita’s fall meet.

Ridden by Jamie Theriot, Holy Lute ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the revamped hillside turf course in 1:11.23 and paid $23.40, $9 and $7.60 at 10-1 odds in the Grade 3 race.

Boozer returned $6.80 and $4, while 3-1 favorite Guns Loaded was another head back in third and paid $4.60 to show. Those two horses survived a claim of foul interference in mid-stretch by Brice Blanc, who was aboard fifth-place finisher Ohio. The stewards ruled there would be no change to the order of finish.

Trained by Jim Cassidy, Holy Lute earned his sixth win in 27 career starts and second in a row. The victory, worth $60,000, increased Holy Lute’s career earnings to $507,332.

“He ran phenomenal,” Theriot said. “I told Jim he would run big.”

Cassidy said Holy Lute would be pointed toward the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.

In the race’s first division, Ambitious Brew won by 1 3/4 lengths under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.

Ambitious Brew ran the distance in 1:11.57 and paid $13.20, $5.40 and $4.20.

Richard’s Boy returned $6.40 and $4.60, while Ireland-bred Hunt was another length back in third and returned $2.40.

Lone Shipman, a filly who shipped in from New York, finished sixth as the 8-5 favorite.

Trained by Marty Jones, Ambitious Brew had finished second by a nose two years ago in the race named for retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who presented the trophy.

Ambitious Brew has four wins in eight career starts and earnings of $499,225. He’s also headed to the BC Turf Sprint.

Stradivarius, 3-time Ascot Gold Cup winner, retired to stud

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LONDON – Stradivarius, one of the most famous racehorses in Britain and Ireland after winning the Gold Cup at Ascot three times, has been retired to stud.

Bjorn Nielsen, the owner of Stradivarius, said he felt it would be unfair to make the horse come back next season as a 9-year-old after time away with a bruised foot.

“It has been a fairytale from start to finish,” Nielsen told British newspaper The Racing Post.

Stradivarius, bred in Ireland and the son of Sea The Stars, won 20 of his 35 races – including seven Group One races – and earned almost 3.5 million pounds (now $3.8 million) in prize money.

Stradivarius won four Goodwood Cups, three Yorkshire Cups and two Doncaster Cups.

Taiba wins $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for Baffert

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BENSALEM, Pa. – Taiba won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby by three lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Taiba ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.67 and paid $4.80, $3 and $2.60.

It was Baffert’s fourth win in the Grade 1 event at Parx Racing. He also won in 2014, 2017 and 2018. Smith won the race for the third time, all aboard Baffert horses.

Zandon returned $3.80 and $2.60. Cyberknife was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.

Taiba was coming off a second-place finish in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth in July. The colt was 12th in the Kentucky Derby under Tim Yakteen, who took over training him while Baffert was serving a 90-day suspension.

“He had a little bit of a rough trip in the Haskell, but we had some time to get him ready for this one,” Baffert said from his base in California. “He proved today he is a good horse. He is getting better and better.”

Baffert Taiba will be pointed toward the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. The colt has three wins in five starts this year.