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Square Eddie - Lane's End Breeder's Futurity S. (G1) at Keeneland 10.04.2008

Square Eddie: stands at Vessels Stallion Farm in California

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Square Eddie returns to the breeding shed

SQUARE EDDIE, the former British-trained son of Smart Strike who set a new 6½f track record at Santa Anita in January, has resumed stud duty.

The five-year-old retired to stand at Vessels Stallion Farm in California last year and covered 34 mares before returning to training with Doug O’Neill.

Square Eddie turned heads by breaking the Santa Anita course record on his comeback in January, but failed to build upon that in two subsequent starts, finishing last in the Donn Handicap in February and beating just one horse home in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile this month.

Owner Paul Reddam told the Daily Racing Form that he plans to send Square Eddie between 20 and 30 mares of his own. “I know everyone says this, but his foals really do look fantastic,” he added.

Square Eddie’s stud fee is $5,000, with deals available.

Originally trained at two by John Best, Square Eddie won his maiden and finished second in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes, before shipping out to Keeneland to land the Grade 1 Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity. Transferred to O’Neill, he finished second to Midshipman in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

At three the Canadian-bred finished placed in the Grade 3 San Rafael Stakes and Grade 2 Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

A $200,000 Keeneland September yearling, Square Eddie shares his sire with champions Curlin, English Channel and Lookin At Lucky. He is out of the Listed-placed El Gran Senor mare Forty Gran, from the family of Group/Grade 1 winners Nydrion and Pompeii.

 

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