NEW YORK -- Eddington is ready for his Kentucky Derby audition.
The steadily improving colt was shipped to snowy New York from sunny Florida this week to run in today's $200,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
Though Eddington will be competing in his first stakes race, he's already one of the most talked about Derby prospects.
Purchased for $450,000 as a yearling by Willmott Stables Inc., Eddington has been most impressive in his last two races, breaking his maiden by 4 3/4 lengths at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 7, and drawing away by 5 1/2 lengths in an allowance race three weeks later. Now comes the big test for the son of 1990 Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled. Eddington takes a step up in class, and a big effort is needed in the one-mile, one turn Gotham if the colt is to move forward on the road to the May 1 Derby.
A solid performance against seven other 3-year-olds and Eddington most likely would make his next start in the Wood Memorial April 10, a final prep race before heading to
Eddington, who finished second in his first two starts before his two victories, picks up a new rider in Edgar Prado. Richard Migliore was aboard for the colt's first race, Jerry Bailey the past three.
Both would love to be aboard today, but they have other commitments. Migliore, who already has a top Kentucky Derby contender in Florida Derby winner Friends Lake, will have the mount on Redskin Warrior in the Gotham; Bailey pilots Birdstone, the favorite for the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park.