This Is An Eagle Soars in $483,600 Sam Houston Futurity

The $100,000 yearling purchase makes good in Saturday's Grade 2 stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Francisco Calderon rode third-fastest qualifier This Is An Eagle to victory in Saturday's rich Sam Houston Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

This Is An Eagle, the third-fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite, led at every call en route to a half-length win in Saturday's Grade 2, $483,600 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Owner Mary G. Lynne Thompson
and trainer Leon Bard lead Sam
Houston Futurity winner This Is An
Eagle into the winner's circle.
PHOTO: Coady Photography

Racing for Mary G. Lynne Thompson, who acquired the One Famous Eagle colt for $100,000 at last year's Texas QHA Yearling Sale in San Antonio, This Is An Eagle covered 330 yards in :16.542. Despite racing into a reported 12-mph head wind, the colt earned a 103 speed index and the $193,440 winner's share of the purse from the meet's richest race.

Francisco Calderon rode This Is An Eagle for trainer Leon Bard.

This Is An Eagle was bred in Texas by Pete Scarmardo, a three-time leading owner at Sam Houston. Scarmardo also raced This Is A Deal Too, a homebred Dealagame gelding also trained by Bard. The second-fastest qualifier, This Is A Deal Too finished eighth in the Sam Houston Futurity final.

"I watched his baby grow up in Pete's pasture," said Bard, who was wnnning his first-ever Sam Houston Futurity. "I went by at least once a month and looked at him and This Is A Deal Too. Of all the colts he had, we felt they were the best two.

"We followed them when they went to Granada Farms for sale-prepping," he added. "They are both very good colts. This Is A Deal Too got in trouble tonight, but he'll be back."

Bard said that This Is An Eagle would be pointed to the Rainbow Futurity (G1) trials in July and All American Futurity (G1) trials in August, both at Ruidoso Downs.

This Is An Eagle has won both of his starts, including a Sam Houston Futurity trial on April 8, and he has earned $195,240.

Ja I Am Blue finished second and was followed by Lena Cartel in third. Capital Ice was fourth and followed by fastest qualifier Kas Tempting, Tempting Goinbye, LJ Fastest Time and This Is A Deal Too. Hesa Icon and Nocturnes were scratched.

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