Bodacious Eagle Wins All American Gold Cup

The 6-year-old gelding gets his third Grade 1 win on Sunday.

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Bodacious Eagle wins the All American Gold Cup. PHOTO: AQHA Media/Andrea Caudill

Bodacious Eagle, a 6-year-old son of One Famous Eagle owned by AQHA Past President Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's 440-yard, $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Trained by Mike Joiner and ridden by Cody Jensen, Bodacious Eagle covered 440 yards in :21.418 on a wet, sealed track. The gelding was winning for the 12th time in 30 outs. He has earned $968,036 in his career. His other Grade 1 victories include the 2015 Texas Classic Derby and the 2017 Leo Stakes.

"We had a great trip, he bombed out of there like usual," Jensen said. "I thought once the rain came and the track got sealed, I thought it would be an advantage to us. I figured he could hold his speed better on that track than if it was wet and heavy. So when the track was sealed, I thought we had a better chance and it just worked out that way." 

Rock About It finished second, Paint My Pilot ran third and Political Attraction finished fourth. Firing Tools, High Plains Perry, In Class, Mr Apollitical Dash, Myst Fit and Tough To Bee completed the field.

Bodacious Eagle is by One Famous Eagle and is out of the Corona Cartel mare Bodacious Dream, a daughter of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame mare Dashing Phoebe. Bred by La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC of North Las Vegas, Nevada, Trotter acquired the horse as an embryo.

In his previous start, he was second in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap.

"He’s gotten really good," Joiner said. "He needed that race in the Mr Jet Moore, he ran a super race in there but it just set him up really good for this race right here."

An AQHA Supreme Race Horse, earlier this season Bodacious Eagle finished third, two lengths behind winner and reigning two-time world champion Jessies First Down, in the 440-yard, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1).

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