Eda shows her mettle to win the Starlet S. (G1)
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Eda’s game victory in the $300,000 Starlet S. on Dec. 4 at Los Alamitos gave the Eddie Wood Sales grad her first Grade 1 victory.

Woods consigned Eda to the 2021 OBS March 2-year-old sale, where she brought a winning bid of $550,000 from Donato Lanni, agent for Baoma/Baffert.

Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Eda battled with Benedict Canyon for the top spot through the first six furlongs, which went in a moderate 1:13.26. Eda took over at the top of the long homestretch, but Tonito’s came between horses to take the lead with a furlong to go. Eda would not let up and re-rallied to surge ahead in the final strides, winning by a half-length in 1:44.74 for the 1 1/16-miles on a fast track (WATCH RACE).

“She rated off well and you never know how they're going to do going long until you try,” winning trainer Bob Baffert said. “She relaxed well, but turning for home, I wasn't sure. Juan said she really dug in when she was challenged and didn't want to lose.”

Eda had never raced past 6 ½-furlongs in her five starts prior to the Starlet, which included wins in the Desi Arnaz S. and Anoakia S.

The bay filly is owned by the Baoma Corp. Saturday’s win upped her earnings to $370,000.