Summer Front tops Eddie Read
Updated: July 18, 2014, 10:41 AM ETBy Jack Shinar | Bloodhorse.com
Unsuccessful in six previous tries at the Grade 1 level, Summer Front is well-positioned to break through as part of a small field in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes, the first top-level race of the Del Mar season July 20. The 1 ⅛-mile turf event came up a little weak this year with Summer Front, coming off a runner-up finish to Obviously in the Shoemaker Mile June 14, shouldering top weight of 121 pounds. The race also attracted Tom's Tribute, third in the Shoemaker last time. The only prior Grade 1 winner in the six-horse field is Unbridled Command, upset winner of the 2012 Hollywood Derby who has had just one start since February 2013. The Eddie Read will be televised on "The Jockey Club Tour on FOX" program Sunday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. PDT on Fox Sports 1. The tentative post time for the Grade 1 event, race 5 on the program, is 4 p.m. PDT. Summer Front won the Ft. Lauderdale in January over the Gulfstream Park turf for his seventh lifetime stakes victory, but has lost three in a row since. In the Shoemaker June 14 at Santa Anita Park, Summer Front dropped off a a fast pace set by Obviously and came on willingly for Joe Bravo with a rail trip to get second, beaten by 1 ½ lengths. The New York shipper was a half-length in front of Silentio and Tom's Tribute, who finished in a dead-heat for third.
EDDIE READ STAKES DRAW