Notes & Quotes From the G2 Eddie Read Stakes: Bowies Hero

(Bowies Hero wins the G2 Eddie Read at Del Mar on Sunday / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Del Mar)

From the Del Mar Media Team:

The stakes win was the fourth of the meet (from a total of seven stakes run so far) and second (Hunt, 2017) in the Eddie Read for rider Prat. He now has 37 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was the first of the meet, but third in the Eddie Read for trainer D’Amato. He now has 24 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The winning owners are a large group headed by Mark Martinez of San Antonio, TX and his Agave Racing Stable and ERJ Racing’s Erik Johnson, a professional hockey player from Cherry Hill Village, CO.

FLAVIEN PRAT (Bowies Hero, winner) – “I was in a good spot all the way around. No problems for me. When we straightened away in the stretch and we got clear, he fired a good one. He was best today.”

TIAGO PEREIRA (Marckie’s Water, second) – “He really wants more distance; and more pace. There wasn’t much to run at today. He came running late in a good try, but the conditions weren’t ideal for him.

RITZY A.P. (Martin Garcia, third) – “He never saw the winner outside him. If he had, I think he digs back in. He’s a nice horse and he gave it a good try.”

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE (Catapult, fifth) – “He’s the kind of horse that has to have some pace in front of him. He wants to be covered up and have a target to run at. He had no pace and we were too far forward today.”

PHIL D’AMATO (Bowies Hero, winner) – “I think he’s just rounding back into his form cycle right now, third race off a layoff and Flavien gave him a picture perfect ride. I think I raced him one time too many last year, gave him a long break and he was back on point today. Up next is the Del Mar Mile and hopefully that will get us into the Breeders’ Cup Mile.”

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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