Ultimate Eagle wins the Hollywood Derby, adding to the connections’ celebrations
The trainer Mike Pender and owner B.J Wright could not have had a better and more exciting weekend which resulted in not one but two of their horses being victorious at two different prestigious events. On 26th November their favourite five-year-old,
Jeranimo won the Citation Handicap Grade 2 at Hollywood Park. The celebration of that would not have even ended that their other horse, the three-year-old colt, Ultimate Eagle won the Hollywood Derby Grade 1 the very next day on 27th November.
The 1 ¼ mile turf had eleven contestants in all where Imagining trained by Claude McGaughey and was being ridden by Javier Castellano turned out to be the runner up for the race and to follow third in line was Jeremy Noseda’s under charge Western Aristocrat
who was ridden by Corey Nakatani.
The most impressive feature of the race was that Ultimate Eagle stayed prominent throughout, he led all the way from the start till the wire and got done with it in two minutes and :01.43 seconds.
Ultimate Eagle who could not break his special weight maiden before giving a fourth try on 31st July at Del Mar for a distance of 1 1/16 mile and ever since then he has just not looked back rather has only moved on with losing none of the races
that came his way next.
Ultimate Eagle won an allowance race at Del Mar on 3rd September putting Robbie’s War second and Quantity in the third position. On 15th October he won the Oak Tree Derby Grade 2 which was held at Saratoga for a distance of 1 1/8 mile.
In this race it was Venomous who qualified as a runner up and positioned third in the race was Cozy Kitten and now the Hollywood Derby Grade 1 has totaled his straight winnings to four out of seven starts in his life time career.
“It's miraculous considering where this horse came from," Pender said. "He had colic as a 2-year-old and was basically pronounced dead on the table. Somehow, by an act of God, he was brought back to life”.
Indications for any future races for Ultimate Eagle have not been passed on but his struggle to keep up with the record that he has set on his own will for sure be something to wait for and to witness.