Bodacious Eagle Dominates Eastex

The 5-year-old gelding earns his third graded stakes win.

Q-Racing Journal

Bodacious Eagle and jockey Ricky Ramirez return to the winner's circle after the gelding's clear victory in Sunday's Eastex Stakes at Remington Park. PHOTO: Dustin Orona Photography

Making his first start in more than six months, Johnny Trotter's Bodacious Eagle dominated Sunday's $50,252 Eastex Stakes (G2) at Remington Park.

Bodacious Eagle covered 350 yards against a reported head wind of 13-mph in :17.579 and earned an 86 speed index, and his margin of victory was 1 1/2 lengths from The Fiscal Cliff. Ricky Ramirez rode the 5-year-old son of One Famous Eagle for trainer Trey Wood.

The connections of Bodacious Eagle, including
owner Johnny Trotter (center), celebrate the
5-year-old gelding's win in Sunday's 350-yard
Eastex Stakes at Remington Park. PHOTO:
Dustin Orona Photography

“From the get-go he just broke in front and ran very strong,” Ramirez said. “I put him away about half way through the race, and he just cruised in and finished strong.”

Bodacious Eagle was bred in Oklahoma by La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC. The gelding was making his first start since September 4, when he placed fourth in the 440-yard, $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Bodacious Eagle has earned $709,819 from 21 outs and raced 15 times during his 2- and 3-year-old seasons. His nine wins include the 2015 Texas Classic Derby (G1) and Dash For Cash Derby (G3) at Lone Star Park, and he was a finalist in the '14 All American Futurity (G1).

"We took a lot out of him for two years in a row," said Trotter, a resident of Hereford, Texas, of Bodacious Eagle's first two seasons. "He qualified for four Grade 1 races as a 2-year-old. I wanted to take him home, but Trey said he wanted to turn him out and then try him again. He's in better shape now than he's ever been." 

The Eastex honors the memory of the 1984 All American Futurity (G1) winner, who held the record for the most money earned by a 2-year-old until 2008. The gelded son of the Native Dancer (TB) stallion Texas Dancer (TB) lived out his years in Norman, Oklahoma, and he often led the post parade of the race named in his honor before his death at age 32 in 2013.

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