Bodacious Eagle Wins Grade 1, $100,000 Leo Stakes

The 5-year-old gelding earns his second stakes victory of the current Remington Park meet on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Bodacious Eagle kept his perfect record at the current Remington Park meet intact in Saturday's $100,000 Leo Stakes. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Bodacious Eagle earned his second stakes win of the Remington Park meet when the 5-year-old gelding overtook odds-on favorite Zoomin Effortlessly at the wire in Saturday's $100,000 Leo Stakes.

Campaigned by Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, Bodacious Eagle went 400 yards in :19.262 and earned a 104 speed index while racing with a reported 10-mph tail wind. Ricky Ramirez rode the gelding for trainer Trey Wood.

Bodacious Eagle was stretching out in distance off of his clear 1 1/2-length victory in the 350-yard, $50,000 Eastex Stakes (G3) on March 12, opening weekend of the Remington meet. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC, and the Leo Stakes marked his fourth career stakes win.

“It’s kind of hard to step it up a notch after his last performance, but he performed just as good tonight," said Ramirez. "I don't think he broke as good as last time, but he broke beautifully.

"I saw Zoomin Effortlessly, a good horse that I respect," the rider added. "I kind of panicked a little bit but when I asked (Bodacious Eagle) to go, he went and responded beautifully. He’s a nice horse, one of the best I've ever ridden."

Bodacious Eagle is a half brother to Tango In Cash, a stakes-placed son of Fdd Dynasty. His second dam, Dashing Phoebe, was the sport's champion 2-year-old filly in 1985 and champion sophomore filly the following season.

All told, Bodacious Eagle has won 10 of 22 starts, and the $59,730 winner's share of the Leo Stakes purse bumped his bankroll to $769,549. During his 2-year-old season, the gelding qualified to all three Grade 1 futurities at Ruidoso Downs, including the All American Futurity, and the Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Bodacious Eagle's margin of victory was a neck from 3-5 favorite Zoomin Effortlessly. Big Lew ran third, one length behind the winner, and was followed by Apollitical Ok, Mr Jo Eagle, Tres Friends, Fly Thru The Fire, Boogies Special Dash, Apollitical Man, and Wahoo Raider.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.