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2023 Solana Beach Stakes Preview | Field Of 8 Set For Rescheduled Del Mar Turf Feature
Eddie's New Dream (Benoit Photo)

2023 Solana Beach Stakes Preview | Field Of 8 Set For Rescheduled Del Mar Turf Feature

Three gray horses are part of the field of 8 entered in Friday’s 30th edition of the $150,000 Solana Beach Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares, aged 3 and up.

The race was originally planned and drawn for this past Sunday, but the tropical storm that blew in that day canceled all racing and pushed the Solana Beach back to this Friday. The original draw had six horses in the lineup.

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The trio of grays consists of Reddam Racing’s Eddie’s New Dream, a 5-year-old gray who has been either first or second in 15 of her 25 starts. Then there’s Abrams, Duko or Paran’s Ultimate Hy, a 6-year-old gray who has been first or second in her last four starts. And Nick Alexander’s Rose Maddox, a 4-year-old gray who has won or placed in 12 of her 16 career starts.

Eddie’s New Dream, by Square Eddie, has the fattest bankroll in the field at $620,080. She shows five firsts and five seconds in 16 starts on the green where she’s taken down the majority of her purse money.

Ultimate Hy, a daughter of Haimish Hy, has also done her best work on the grass, where she’s been first or second in seven of her 14 outings.

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Rose Maddox, a homebred by the gray horse Grazen, has been first or second in five of her seven turf tests.

The Solana Beach at one mile on the turf is one of the 39 races that comprise the Golden State Series of events that are contested up and down the state over the course of the year for California-bred runners worth a total of $4.85 million. Eight of those stakes will run this summer at Del Mar.

Here’s the lineup with riders and morning line odds from the rail out for the headliner, which goes as Race 7 on the eight-race card:

  1. Smolich or Smolich’s Chancery Way (Evin Roman, 6-1)
  2. Lovingier, Madiha or Navarro’s Madiha (Antoinio Aguilar, 15-1)
  3. Eddie’s New Dream (Mario Gutierrez, 2-1)
  4. Ultimate Hy (Hector Berrios, 3-1)
  5. Fihn Holdings, Kitaen or Riggs’ Harper’s Gallop (Adrian Escobedo, 15-1)
  6. Harris Farms’ Glorious Spring (Antonio Fresu, 10-1)
  7. Youkhanna or Youkhanna’s Sunshine Babe (Kent Desormeaux, 12-1)
  8. Rose Maddox (Juan Hernandez, 5/2)

First post for the Friday card is 3 p.m.