Imperial Eagle is Prompt Choice in Sunland Juvenile Championship

The gelding ends his 2-year-old campaign with a win.

Q-Racing Journal

Charles E. Robinson's Imperial Eagle fought hard all the way to the wire to win Saturday's Sunland Park Juvenile Championship. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Sent to post as the 4-5 favorite in a field of 11 2-year-olds, Imperial Eagle rewarded his backers with a hard-fought victory in Saturday's 400-yard, $200,000 Sunland Park Juvenile Championship Stakes.

Imperial Eagle stopped the timer in :19.735 under jockey Esgar Ramirez, and the One Famous Eagle gelding's winning margin was a nose from 7-2 second choice Jm Mister Destiny. Tony Sedillo prepped Imperial Eagle for owner Charles E. Robinson, who acquired the gray gelding for $48,000 at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Imperial Eagle was bred in California by Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. The first starter foaled by Jenuine Joy, a mulitple graded stakes winning 10-year-old Genuine Strawfly mare, Imperial Eagle has won six of nine starts, including the Grade 1, 440-yard All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and Grade 1, 440-yard Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park, and the $80,000 winner's share of the purse from his third stakes victory pushed his bankroll to $1,721,507, all of which has been earned in New Mexico.

Imperial Eagle returned a $3.60 win mutuel and teamed with Jm Mister Destiny for a $2 exacta dividend of $9.80. Chainman, a 9-1 longshot, ran third to complete a $19.10 ($1) trifecta.

A Fancy La Jolla, Mahoney N Tacklebery, Silk On Fire V, Dash Ta Desirio, Eagletistic, Apollitical Dreaming, Jess Prize Me, and Mojo Perry completed the order of finish.

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