Bodacious Eagle Wins Higheasterjet Handicap

The gelding overcomes a less-than-perfect start to earn his fifth graded stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Johnny Trotter's Bodacious Eagle earned his third win in as many starts this season in Saturday's 350-yard, $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Overcoming a tough start, Bodacious Eagle was a prompt even-money favorite in Saturday's $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap at Ruidoso Downs.

Bodacious Eagle covered 350 yards in :17.364 while earning a 99 speed index. Ricky Ramirez rode the 5-year-old son of One Famous Eagle for owner Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, and trainer Trey Wood.

"He was back in the gate and went forward just as the gate opened," said Ramirez. "I want to see the replay, but when we landed I know I only had my toe in a stirrup."

Bodacious Eagle's margin of victory was a half of a length from Docs First Fire, and he finished three-quarters of a length in front of Sam Crow, who crossed the wire third. However, Docs First Fire was disqualified from second and placed ninth and Sam Crow was taken down from a deadheat for third with Apollitical Ok to 10th following a stewards' inquiry.

Bodacious Eagle was bred in Oklahoma by La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC. Trotter, a past AQHA president, purchased Bodacious Eagle when the gelding was an embryo.

"He's been my favorite since he was born," Trotter said. "He's a champion. He qualified to the Ruidoso, Rainbow, and All American futurities here (at Ruidoso Downs). He then went to Los Alamitos and qualified to the Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity."

Bodacious Eagle was coming off of a Remington Park spring campaign during which he won the 350-yard, $50,000 Eastex Stakes (G2) on March 12 and the 400-yard, $100,000 Leo Stakes (G1) on April 1. All told, the gelding has won 11 of 23 races and has banked $792,549.

Apollitical OK was placed second and was followed officially by Silk Cartel, Perrys Stamina, Valiant Rogue, Jm Apollo, Memphis D Nasty, Stevie B First Cash, Docs First Fire, and Sam Crow.

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