Johnny Trotter’s always dangerous Bodacious Eagle ran his best race of the year to beat a deep field in the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Racing over a sealed track in a moderate rain, Bodacious Eagle was timed in :21.418for the 440 yards.
“When the track got sealed I thought it would be an advantage,” said jockey Cody Jensen. “The track was tighter and he likes that. We thought we had a better advantage and it just worked out that way.”
Bodacious Eagle defeated Rockin J Running Horses’ Rock About It bythree quarters of a lengthwhile Paint My Pilot was another head back in third.
A six-year-old gelding by One Famous Eagle and out of Bodacious Dream, Bodacious Eagle got a clean start from the eighth post position. The Mike Joiner-trained gelding had plenty of running room and went to work to gain his first 2018 win after several close finishes. He was second by a head in the $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap and third to world champion Jessies First Down and champion three-year Hold Air Hostage in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Handicap.
The $84,000 first-place check raised Bodacious Eagle’s career earnings to $968,036.
Last year, Bodacious Eagle was second in the Grade 1, $125,000 Robert Boniface Los Alamitos Championship and fourth as the 5/2 favorite in the All American Gold Cup.
Runner-up Rock About It has excelled at 550 yards, so the quarter mile of the All American Gold Cup was well within his running range. The Tammy Kay Johnson-trained Rock About It won the 550-yard Slm Big Daddy at Remington Park and came into the All American Gold Cup off a win in the 550-yard Brigand Stakes at Ruidoso Downs.
Adrian A. Ramos was aboard.
Double A Ranch, Inc.’s Paint My Pilot raced to a close head win over Bodacious Eagle in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap. The $68,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase for $68,000 won last fall’s Grade 2, $213,000 Dash For Cash Derby at Lone Star Park and has earned $387,969.