One Proud Eagle Takes John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship

The homebred gelding wins by a half of a length on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

One Proud Eagle earned his second graded stakes win in Saturday's John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship.

Tony Guymon rode 2-1 second choice One Proud Eagle to a half-length victory in the 350-yard, $151,250 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos on Saturday.

Trained by John Cooper for owner Ron Hartley, One Proud Eagle stopped the timer iin :17.525 while posting a 94 speed index and earning his fourth win in seven outs and second graded stakes score.

One Proud Eagle was bred in California by Hartley. The gray gelding is by One Famous Eagle out of Guy Chasing, a winning daughter of the First Down Dash stallion Fishers Dash, and he was coming off of a fourth-place finish in a 350-yard PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G3) trial on September 11.

Earlier this season, One Proud Eagle assembled a three-race win streak that included a one-length victory in the 300-yard, $428,000 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3). His record includes a second-place run, three-quarters of a length behind winner Kissed By An Eagle, in the August 20, $45,000 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge.

The $69,575 winner's share of the purse pushed One Proud Eagle's bankroll to $264,105.

"This is a very nice 2-year-old," said Hartley of One Proud Eagle. "To win the Kindergarten and come back later in the year takes a special horse."

Born To B Bad, 17-10 favorite Kissed By An Eagle, Stelfast, Faster Than Hasta, Fooseability, Hoot And Holler, Apollitical Boogie, and Rpainted Pistol completed the order of finish. Paint A Candy Storm flipped in the starting gate and was scratched by the stewards on advice of the track veterinarian.

"My horse was super focused," said Guymon. "I was worried when (Paint A Candy Storm) flipped, but we backed this horse out without a scratch. He didn't have a great start, but he really powered home."

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