BODACIOUS EAGLE CLEARS FIELD TO WIN EASTEX STAKES AT REMINGTON PARK
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Bodacious Eagle easily won the Grade 2 Eastex Stakes on Sunday at Remington Park. Traditionally the first stakes race of the American Quarter Horse Season, the $50,252 event was never really in doubt.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Owned by Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas and trained by Trey Wood, Bodacious Eagle flew from the starting gate under jockey Ricky Ramirez. Leaving from the outside post position, Bodacious Eagle enjoyed the open spaces while rolling over the 350 yards in :17.579 seconds over a fast track.
“From the get-go he just broke in front and ran very strong,” Ramirez noted. “About halfway, I put him away and he just cruised in and finished strong.”
A 5-year-old gelding, there was some thought that Bodacious Eagle might have had his best racing days behind him, but Trotter points out he appears to be ready for more. “We took a lot out of him for two years in a row. He qualified for four Grade 1 races as a 2-year-old. I wanted to take him home but Trey said he wanted to turn him out, then try him again. He’s in better shape now than he’s ever been.”
Bodacious Eagle handled his status as the wagering favorite at 6-5 odds, pulling away from The Fiscal Cliff to win by 1-1/2 lengths with I V Gone another head back in third. Bodacious Eagle paid $4.40 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.20 to show. The Fiscal Cliff returned $4.40 to place and $2.80 to show. I V Gone paid $3.40 to show.
Now a winner of nine career races from 21 attempts, Bodacious Eagle earned $29,838 to run his overall earnings to $709,819. An Oklahoma-bred gelding by One Famous Eagle from the Corona Cartel mare Bodacious Dream, Bodacious Eagle was bred by La Feliz Montana Ranch.
The Eastex is named after the winner of the 1984 All American Futurity who at one time was the sport’s all-time leading money earner. He held the record for most money earned by a 2-year-old until 2008. Eastex retired in his home state, living out his years in Norman, Okla. He often led the post parade of the race named in his honor before passing away at age 32, in 2013.
Remington Park now moves into a normal weekly schedule of Thursday thru Sunday for the remainder of the 2017 American Quarter Horse Season. Racing starts at 6pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Sunday afternoon racing at 1:30pm. The season continues thru June 3.
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