Champion Imperial Eagle Returns in Grade 3 West Texas Maturity

The 4-year-old gelding is the morning-line choice for Saturday's feature at Sunland Park.

Champion Imperial Eagle is one of 10 aged sprinters entered back in Saturday's 400-yard West Texas Maturity at Sunland Park.

Imperial Eagle, a 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle campaigned by Christina D. Robinson, drew post 4 for Saturday’s 400-yard, $102,428 West Texas Maturity (G3) at Sunland Park.

Imperial Eagle is the leading earner in the 10-horse field, as the gray gelding has earned $1,815,387 from 17 starts, and his nine wins include a neck victory in the 2016 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. He is coming off of a sophomore campaign during which he scored a neck win as the even-money favorite in the 400-yard, $100,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.

Imperial Eagle will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez for trainer Tony Sedillo. Other contenders include Kenneth Ruthardt’s Boogies Special Dash, a 5-year-old Walk Thru Fire gelding and the fastest qualifier. Trained by Wes Giles, Boogies Special Dash made his season debut with a neck victory in the first of three trials on February 16.

Boogies Special Dash drew the rail post and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Boogies Special Dash (Adrian Ramos), 7-2
A Special Dynasty (Raul Herrera), 10-1
Highest Return (Alonso Rivera), 4-1
Imperial Eagle (Esgar Ramirez), 5-2
Dynasty Ice 123 (Jose Montoya), 15-1
Lotta Dynasty (Mauro Salcedo), 12-1
Apollitical Kitten (Manuel Gutierrez), 15-1
Discrete (Omar Iturralde), 15-1
Ramblin Rock On (Edgar S. Martinez), 15-1
Soar Like An Eagle (Jose Luis Enriquez), 8-1

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