Kissed By An Eagle Wins John Deere California Juvenile Challenge

The homebred gelding outruns his 23-1 odds Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Mark and Peggy Brown's Kissed By An Eagle wins Saturday's John Deere California Juvenile Challenge at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Sixth-fastest qualifier and 23-1 longshot Kissed By An Eagle sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $44,820 John Deere California Juvenile Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos.

Racing for Mark and Peggy Brown and trained by Rafael Orozco, Kissed By An Eagle covered 350 yards in :17.609 under jockey Cesar DeAlba, and the homebred One Famous Eagle gelding's margin of victory was three-quarters of a length from One Proud Eagle. Bannister, the fastest qualifier and 1-5 favorite, finished third, one length behind the winner.

Kissed By An Eagle was bred in Idaho. The gelding's dam, Dreaming Of Kisses, is a homebred 8-year-old daughter of the Chicks Beduino stallion Legendary Dreamer who won the 2010 Bitterroot Futurity (RG2) at Pocatello Downs.

Kissed By An Eagle has won two of his five outs and has banked $24,655. His win on Saturday earned the gelding a berth in the October 29, $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Paint A Candy Storm, Red Cocoperry, Severe Clear, New Fangled, Brimmin Corona, and Fooseability completed the official order of finish.

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