Imperial Eagle Soars in Grade 3, $65,000 West Texas Maturity

The 4-year-old gelding gets his third graded stakes victory on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Imperial Eagle earned his fifth career stakes victory in Saturday's 400-yard West Texas Maturity at Sunland Park. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Imperial Eagle, a 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle and the sport's champion 2-year-old in 2016, sprinted to a neck victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $65,000 West Texas Maturity at Sunland Park.

Racing for Christina D. Robinson of Southern Pines, North Carolina, and aided by a reported 10-mph tail wind, Imperial Eagle covered 400 yards in :19.086. Esgar Ramirez rode the gray gelding for trainer Tony Sedillo.

The fourth-fastest qualifier, Imperial Eagle made his season debut with a second-place finish in his West Texas Maturity trial on February 16. The gelding was bred in California by Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, and he is out Jenuine Joy, a multiple stakes winning homebred daughter of Genuine Strawfly.

Imperial Eagle is a half brother to Fyrefly Jo, a stakes winner at Los Alamitos last season. Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Imperial Eagle has won 10 of 18 races and has banked $1,845,937, of which $1,721,507 was earned during a 2-year-old campaign in which he won the All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs and Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) at Zia Park.

Fastest qualifier Boogies Special Dash finished second and was followed by Soar Like An Eagle, Ramblin Rock On, A Special Dynasty, Highest Return, Dynasty Ice 123, Lotta Dynasty, Discrete, and Apollitical Kitten.

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