Oct 182019

Eclipse Stakes

by Naskippy


Grade 1


Track: Newmarket-ENG

Restrictions: 3 Year Olds and Older

Distance: 10 Furlongs

Surface: Firm Turf

Purse: #3,000,000

Post Time: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 3:00pm


While many owners and stables are gearing up for the Breeders Bowl, this fine group of horses will be taking to the track here in Newmarket for another prestigious Grade 1 race, the Eclipse Stakes.  The track will be listed as Firm Turf and the horses will travel a grueling 10 furlongs to try and capture this prized race to add to their résumés.  Only one horse of this twelve horse field will make it to the winners circle to get their picture taken, but who will it be?  The morning line odds have been posted and post positions have been drawn.  So let’s take a preview of this nice looking field and see if we can find some horses to put on our tickets at the betting window.



Horse/Odds                                  Sire                                   Owner                          Jockey


1.  Don’t Doubt  18/1                 Not A Single Doubt      lah                                 J Wilson


This 5 year old gelding has recently been running in Claiming races and did pick up a win on the turf back in June.  His lack of Stakes experience will not be to his favor here in Newmarket against this much more seasoned field.  This race looks a little big for him and thus the odds makers showing little kindness as they make him one of the longer choices in this field.


2.  Big Money Steve  16/1         Oasis Dream                  dpprofit3                    N Armstrong


This horse last ran in Surrey on 09/15/2019 in his first Graded race.  He wasted no time putting away that G3 field by 2 ¾ lengths when he rallied down the stretch in the Chosen Stakes.  Yet he gets little attention after that performance in the morning line odds as he takes a jump in Class to compete in the Eclipse.


3.  Highland Empire  22/1       Highland Reel              desertdog10               F Gossett


The odds makers show no love to this horse and make him their longest choice in the field.  However, I am unsure that this horse going off at 22/1 is deserved.  He earned his G2 badge this season back in May in The Griffen Stakes and ran a respectable race in the G1, The Queen’s Dish.  He made a modest closing attempt his last time out in the G1, Big Red Stakes.  He could be a horse to consider on your exotic tickets.


4.  Wondermission  7/1            Noble Mission              vienna                          A Craig


The jockey is very familiar to this horse and rode him in his last trip to the track in Ireland in the G3, The Plaid Skirt Stakes where he got him to the wire in third and on the boards with a respectable 115 speed rating.  He is a G2 badge earner and could be competitively closing after the final turn coming for home.


5.  Zoffhaack  11/1                       Zoffany                           marisol                         O A Haack


With moderate success on the Allowance circuit, this 4 year old colt has not won since July 2018.  He is a non-stakes winner and is taking a leap in Class to be here.  In his last outing in Hong Kong, he ran in the $27,000 NW5L Allowance race and came in second to a more experienced horse.  He did run a respectable 114 speed rating that day and he will need to bring that with him against this field.


6.  Youlaughingatme  18/1      Fastnet Rock                trotking4                      L Radzinski


This 3 year old colt picked up his G2 badge in July of this year in The Adam Gene Stakes in Deauville.  He came back to run in his last outing in Germany in the G3, The Furstenberg Stakes, but he began to fall back after the third call and showed up to the wire in 7th and was over 2 lengths back.  That outing was not without effort, but his jockey will need to bring a stiff whip to keep this horse in contention.


7.  Ragnarokkr  5/1                   City Zip                            monsterhigh               M Zeus


This G1, million dollar 4 year old colt has picked up two G1 wins this season with this very familiar jockey to him in the saddle.  They have proven to be a good pair for each other and they should be there fighting down the stretch coming for home.  In this horses last outing he came in 5th and was 7 lengths back at the wire in the G1, Windy City Turf Classic.  He makes a long travel back here to England for this race which gives me a slight concern as well.


8.  Hidden Door  13/1                Americain                    sender                             N Linville


This 3 year old colt made the switch to turf for his last two trips to the tack and it seems to be a successful transition for him.  He won a Listed Stakes in August of this year on the turf in the Scab Sal Turf Stakes in Wyoming and then came back in his last outing in October in Paris in the G3, The I Can’t Rhyme Stakes and showed up on the boards in third.  He is out of the HOF, G1 winning mare, Hidden Messages and looks to prove he can compete at the G1 level himself as he takes a jump in Class against this field.


9.  Inspectorinjector  7/2        Dansili                            racer                                T Ace


This 4 year old will gets the eye of the odds makers as they make him their top choice in the morning line.  He has been throwing down some very nice and consistent speed ratings.  He put up a 120 speed in his last outing in the G1, Windy City Turf Classic in Illinois, but that was only good enough to hit the boards in third that day, but still it was a very good performance as he tried to close on the leaders.  He definitely should be in the mix and watched for coming down the stretch for the wire.


10. Impacto Monstruo  5/1     Deep Impact                 desimster3                   M Kelly


This 5 year old gelding has been met with some struggles as of late, especially when running against Graded company and with some speed ratings that have been falling off a little of which no owner enjoys seeing.  He does draw some attention in the morning line but will need to find the fire in his legs once again to make it to the wire first.  This would be a very nice race in which to do that.


11. I Had To Find You  11/1     Medicean                       andermanis                  K Ledwith


This 4 year old colt is a non-stakes winner, but has done well in his last two Allowance races putting up two straight wins.  He takes a big jump in Class for this race and will need to bring his recent speed ratings with him to the party and show that he has the drive and competitive sprit against this field.  Look for him to make some moves after the second call.


12. Baff El Meh  5/1                  Nathaniel                        sabbath7                        J Ledwith


This 5 year old gelding last ran in Surrey in the G1, Judgemont International and showed up a very disappointing 9th and over 10 lengths back.  He had drawn the far outside post for that race and he could never find his position in that race.  They say lightning never strikes twice, but unfortunately it did again for the second time in a row as this horse gets the unlucky draw for his running style in the far outside gate.  He gets a familiar jockey and a look from odds makers.  If he can get into position this time and get a clean run he might be able to overcome his unlucky draw.




Good luck to all horses and all owners of this race.  Most importantly have fun!!!



Skippy’s Watch List



Inspectorinjector:  He has been putting up some nice speed ratings and should be in the hunt for the wire.


Ragnarokkr:  Should be in the mix if the sim does not ding him too hard due to the long trip from Illinois.


Wondermission:  Has been showing much improvement and gets a familiar jockey draw.




Tarton’s Long Shot


Highland Empire:  I feel the odds makers may have been a little harsh in making this horse the longest choice in the field.  He will be on some of my exotic tickets at the betting window.

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  One Response to “G1, Eclispe Stakes: Newmarket draws a field of 12 horses to run 10 furlongs across the Firm Turf”

  1. Slick handicapping picking two of the top 3 including accurately predicting my 2nd place finish. Thank you for the coverage.