Champion Imperial Eagle Wins Mr Jess Perry Stakes

The gray gelding wins by a neck at Ruidoso.

Q-Racing Journal

Champion Imperial Eagle earned his fourth career stakes win in Saturday's $100,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Champion Imperial Eagle was a prompt even-money favorite in the 400-yard Mr Jess Perry Stakes for 3-year-olds on Saturday.

Prepped by Tony Sedillo for owner Charles Robinson and Christina D. Robinson, Imperial Eagle defeated 12-1 longshot BD Illusion by a neck in :19.845 under jockey Esgar Ramirez. The $42,000 winner's share of the purse ffrom his fourth career stakes win increased the gray son of One Famous Eagle's bankroll to $1,763,907.

"BD Illusion had him 50 yards from the wire," said Sedillo. "But Imperial Eagle likes (400 yards) and was able to get up for the win."

Imperial Eagle was last year's champion 2-year-old, and he was a $48,000 purchase at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The gelding has won seven of 11 starts, and he became a millionaire when he won last year's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1), the sport's richest and most prestigious race.

Imperial Eagle made his 3-year-old debut with a third-place finish in his Ruidoso Derby trial on May 28.

"I thought he was ready for that race, but he ran a little flat," said Sedlllo. "He probably needed that race."

Imperial Eagle was bred in California by Fredda Draper.

C Twister Seis ran third, three-quarters of a length behind Imperial Eagle. Magnificent Jess, Master O Distraction, Murcielago, Mighty Valiantime, Muddy Watters, Blazin Eagle and Always Ifs completed the order of finish.

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