All American Derby Qualifier: Magestic Eagle


Sorrel Gelding, One Famous Eagle-Catalina Fantasy by First Down Dash

Race Record: 10-1-4-1 $79,040
Breeder: Ware Farms
Owner: Victor Diaz
Trainer: Juan Gonzalez
Qualifying Jockey: Tanner Thedford
Qualifying time: :21.646

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RACE RECORD: Magestic Eagle got into the All American Derby by the narrowest of margins – by a shake with Imperial Eagle. Magestic Eagle was third in Hold Air Hostage’s trial, which also qualified Elicity. Magestic Eagle was also fifth in the Rainbow Derby, a race that also featured Hold Air Hostage, Duponte and Myst Fit.

BREEDER: Jim Ware’s Ware Farms at Millsap, Texas, has bred horses for more than 40 years, including only a handful of racehorses – seven, to be precise, that have earned $104,738. His program focuses on cutting horses, and also offers consulting and sales services, including owning Triangle Sales Co. in Oklahoma, which focuses on western performance horses.

OWNER: Victor Diaz has owned the earners of more than $2.2 million, including 1993 All American Derby winner Royal Down Dash. Diaz also owned 2015 All American Futurity third-place finisher TF Im That Guy and reigning champion distance horse Coronas Boy.

TRAINER: Juan Gonzalez has twice won the All American Futurity, but has yet to win the Derby. He took the Futurity first with By By JJ (2003) and then 10 years later with Handsome Jack Flash. His trainees have brought in more than $16.6 million. He also trains qualifier De La Eagle.

QUALIFYING JOCKEY: Tanner Thedford has since 2010 ridden the earners of more than $4.2 million. They include 188 winners from 1,762 starters, led by last year’s Rainbow Derby (G1) winner, Valiant Rogue, and 2013 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) winner Cartel Quick. He also rode qualifier De La Noche.

PEDIGREE: One Famous Eagle, a champion runner during his racing career, has from six crops to race sired the earners of more than $20.1 million, putting him at No. 20 on the all-time sires by money earned. He sired 2012 All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle in his first crop and was the sire of last year’s winner, Imperial Eagle (and runner-up The Marfa Lights). He is the sire of three All American Derby qualifiers – De La Eagle, The Marfa Lights and Magestic Eagle – and two All American Futurity qualifiers.

Dam Catalina Fantasy is a daughter of First Down Dash and Fishers Fantasy, making her a full sister to Grade 1-winner First Down Illusion and from the illustrious female family of Ought To Go cultivated by  Vessels Stallion Farm. The stakes-winning Catalina Fantasy has produced two winners from five starters and the earners of $100,163.