Shady Tiger Scores Impressively in $127,000 Echo Eddie Stakes

Shady Tiger Romps to Victory in the $127,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita Park.                                                                Benoit photo

Arcadia, CA (April 6, 2024) – Leading up to the $127,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for California-breds at Santa Anita, trainer Phil D’Amato told the that Shady Tiger was a good horse that he thought was crying out for more distance than his victories going six furlongs in his last two starts provide. The extra half-furlong sure didn’t hurt as the 3-year-old son of Smiling Tiger romped to an impressive victory by more than five lengths.

Shady Tiger sat off the early pace as the field of nine traveled down the backstretch. He found traffic inside, so jockey Juan Hernandez found the scenic route the path of least resistance. Coming four wide, he caught the leaders with more than a furlong to run and opened up with authority to score easily.

“To be honest, he surprised me a little bit because on paper it looked like I was going to be too far back but today this guy brought his game, said Hernandez. “He broke really sharp and I was just a couple of lengths behind the speed. I was in a perfect spot the whole race.”

D’Amato was equally effusive with his praise. ” “That was an impressive performance,” said he please conditioner.”This horse has done nothing wrong in the mornings. He has impressed me, and I think he wants to go longer the way he galloped out today. We’ve been trying to get him to go in a two-turn race, but there really hasn’t been anything. I think in the months to come there’s a Cal-bred stake going long. Who knows, he might be able to compete against open company going long. I thought Tom Seaver got the jump on him at the turn and Juan was stuck on the inside, but when Juan got him in the clear, he exploded. He’s a nice horse, and I think he just keeps getting better and better.”

A winner on both dirt and turf, Shady Tiger is three-quarters of a length from being undefeated. Now three-for-four lifetime, he has earned $166,400 racing for his breeder, Rusty Brown. He was produced by the stakes-placed Full Mandate mare, Divine Legacy.