TOMMIE EAGLE TAKES CIRCUITOUS ROUTE TO FEATURED ALLOWANCE RACE VICTORY
Tommie Eagle was close to breaking through to the winner’s circle in his two starts this year, but it took a trip from Oklahoma to Kentucky and back to finally getting there Friday night at Remington Park.
In this 4-year-old gelding’s first race of 2023, he ran a respectable third in an open allowance race here. He then was shipped to the Sandy Ridge meet at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., for an open allowance event there. He showed improvement in that try as the 6-5 favorite, just losing by a head at the wire.
Back at Remington Park on Friday night, the son of One Famous Eagle, out of the Carters Cartel mare Runaway Renata, jumped on top down the stretch after breaking second from the gate in the 330-yard race and finished three-quarters of a length in front at the wire. Only Curls Patti Wagon beat him out of the gate, but the winner prevailed at 3-1 odds under regular rider Jorge Torres.
Tommie Eagle, trained by Clint Crawford, has never won a stakes race but has been competitive against stakes quality American Quarter Horses. He earned $14,838 for owner Randy and Sandy Coleman of Levelland, Texas, from the $29,875 purse. The race was written under the allowance conditions of allowance optional claiming $75,000 horses, 3-year-olds and older. All entrants fit the conditions of the race while Wieburg (14-1), the fourth-place finisher, was the only horse in for the $75,000 claiming tag.
Tommie Eagle improved his record to 16 starts, four wins, two seconds and five thirds for a bankroll of $82,202. He broke his maiden in 2021 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and then won again there against allowance non-winners-of-two horses. His third win came in New Mexico where he won an All American Derby trial on Aug. 13, 2022 at Ruidoso Downs. His winning time wasn’t fast enough to qualify for the Derby final but he did race in the $59,000 Ruidoso Derby Challenge two weeks later on the same day and finished third in that spot, beaten two lengths to stakes winners B Leaving and LS Jacks Back.
Curls Patti Wagon (5-1) checked in second on Friday night after leading early. The runner-up position was a good one but one that trainer Stacy Charette-Hill is likely sick of this meet after winning only 1-of-50 going into Friday’s races but she has finished second 13 times. Curls Patti Wagon was a nose in front of a fast-closing third-place finisher Mitey Like a Rose, who was sent off as the 9-5 favorite, but broke poorly.
Tommie Eagle paid $8 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.60 to show across the board and stopped the timer in :16.696 for a speed index of 94. He was bred Texas by his owners.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23. Saturday racing features the $804,150 Remington Park Futurity and a program worth nearly $1.7 million in total purse money. First race on futurity night is 6pm. Sunday racing begins at 4pm. All times are Central.
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