ULTIMATE EAGLE TO TACKLE THE DONN (Gr.1)

Taken from www.paulickreport.com

B.J. Wright’s Ultimate Eagle is set to be flown from Southern California to South Florida Tuesday to run in next Saturday’s highly-anticipated edition of the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old will be making his first start finishing second by a head in the San Pasqual Handicap (G2) at Santa Anita on Jan. 5.

 “We just thought it was time to test the waters,” said trainer Mike Pender Friday from his Hollywood Park headquarters. “He’ll be coming on a FedEx cargo flight Tuesday and I will be there, too. He’ll breeze here on Monday before we fly. He’ll be making his third start back off the layoff and the timing is right. He’s trained great. Martin (Pedroza) will ride him.”

 A Kentucky-bred by MIZZEN MAST, Ultimate Eagle has made all of his career starts at Southern California tracks and brings a 12-5-2-3 record and earnings of $547,000 into the 1 1/8 mile Donn. Only three of his races have been on the dirt.

 After making his first three starts on the ‘Cushion’ track at Hollywood Park in the spring of 2011 as a maiden, he won his next four on turf at Del Mar, Santa Anita and back at Hollywood later that season, highlighted by a victory in the Hollywood Derby (G1) in the fall.

 Ultimate Eagle made only three starts last year, winning the Strub Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita by 7 ¼ lengths in his first try on dirt before finishing 10th in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) early in the year. He returned from a nine-month layoff to finish a game second on turf in the Citation Handicap (G2) at Hollywood on Nov. 23 before his good try on dirt at Santa Anita in the San Pasqual.

Date: 03 February 2013