Saturday, December 27, 2008

Eddie Logan Stakes Honors Santa Anita's "Footman"

Today's 7th race at Santa Anita is the 3rd running of the Eddie Logan Stakes for two-year-olds. Formerly run as the Hill Rise Stakes, it was renamed in 2006 in honor of Eddie "The Footman" Logan, who has been a shoe shine attendant at the track since its opening day in 1934. The 98-year-old Logan is a well-loved fixture at Santa Anita where his customers, and anyone else passing by his stand, are greeted with his famous, "Have a lucky day!"

Trainer Mike Machowsky, shown getting a shoe shine, has the likely favorite in the stakes, with Kelly Leak. According to Machowsky, the horse was named after the character of the teenage troublemaker in the film The Bad News Bears (1976). Owned by Blahut Racing, LLC, Avila, Johnson, et al, Kelly Leak will be ridden by Victor Espinoza.

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