Saturday, November 22, 2008
I shot a quick video of Square Eddie galloping on the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park this morning, and spoke to trainer Doug O'Neill about his plans. O'Neill said Square Eddie, back from a well-deserved rest following his runner-up finish to Midshipman in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, was just out for an easy gallop with the pony. Square Eddie has been back about two weeks at the Hollywood Park barn of O'Neill, who is considering the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes, for 3-year-olds at 1-1/16 miles at Santa Anita in February for his next start.
Up on Square Eddie this morning was a new exercise rider in the O'Neill barn, David, who hails from England. According to O'Neill, he is a perfect fit for Square Eddie, who did his early running in Europe.
Square Eddie, a son of Smart Strike, is owned by J. Paul Reddam.