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Eda is an easy winner of the Desi Arnaz S.
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Eda had little trouble winning Saturday’s $100,000 Desi Arnaz S. at Del Mar, drawing off in the stretch to coast to a 4 ¼-length victory.

The Bob Baffert trainee won the Anokia S. at Santa Anita Park in her previous start, and is now 3-1-0 in five outings and has earned $190,000 for the Baoma Corporation.

The 2-year-old filly was away from the gate quickly, and battled with stablemate Under the Stars through a quarter in :22.22. Eda took the lead on the turn, with Tonito’s bearing down on her outside. Tonito’s looked like a major threat turning for home, but Eda shook her off to win comfortably in 1:15.53 for the 6 ½-furlongs on a fast main track.

"Actually, [Flavien] Prat thought this was the best race she has run,” Baffert said of his discussion with the jockey. “It was kind of a last minute decision to run Eda here because we also plan to run her back in the [GI] Starlet [at Los Alamitos Dec. 4], but I loved the way she was able to relax and then kick away clear. Prat doesn't say much, but he was really impressed with her."

Eda is Baffert’s fifth winner of the Desi Arnaz, and his third in the past five years.

 


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