Eagle Time Closes Career With Thistledown Win

Eagle Time Closes Career With Thistledown Win
Photo: Courtesy River Downs
Eagle Time

Eagle Time rolled through the Thistledown stretch to win the eighth race Oct. 1 by a length and a half at odds of 3-1 (VIDEO). The race, a $4,000 claiming event covering a mile on dirt, was Eagle Time’s fifth start in 2011 and his second win. He also has two runner-up finishes this year and was fourth in the remaining start for owner/trainer Rick Jordan.

Eagle Time is 14 years old. The Oct. 1 race was his last, as Jordan said the horse will be sent to stud this week. But he won’t be a novice in the breeding shed. Indeed, Eagle Time has been at stud since 2004 and a two-career man since 2009.

Eagle Time (Light of Morn–Telina, by El Gran Senor) was bred in Florida by Clare Silva and foaled in 1997. 

Jordan bought him for $4,000 at the 1999 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale and sold him to his uncle, Loy Kempthorne. Jordan trained the horse from 1999 through October 2004, when he was retired to stud. 

Standing first in Ohio and later at Breakaway Farm in Indiana, Eagle Time sired seven named foals in his initial stud career. Among them are a modest claiming winner, Eagle Won, and an allowance winner, Sir Jim.

Jordan bought Eagle Time back from his uncle in 2009 and brought him back to the races. On June 13 of that year, nearly five years after his last race, Eagle Time was second at River Downs in his first race back, beaten just a nose. Since coming back he has raced 24 times, winning six races, and finishing second in seven others. 

Eagle Time’s stud career continued as well. The dark bay or brown horse was booked to two mares in 2010; neither got in foal. Jordan was more successful with his own mare that year and now has an Eagle Time weanling on his farm near Dillsboro, Ind.  Eagle Time also was booked to two mares in 2011.

“He’s a freak,” said Jordan in a release. “He’s been a freak all his life. He’s been sound in his body and his mind the whole time. He just turned out that way. He’s never taken a bad step in his life. We started training him hard, and it seemed the harder we trained him, the better he got. He’s raced all over the place. The only thing I ever found that he doesn’t like is Polytrack. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.”

Eagle Time’s race record stands at 16 wins, 20 seconds, and 12 thirds in 82 career starts, a 59% in-the-money performance.  He has earned $277,396.  He has two stakes wins, the Texas Derby at Sunland Park as a 3-year-old and the Memorial Day Handicap at Mountaineer as a 6-year-old, and was a listed stakes runner-up three times. 

Eagle Time has been a dedicated router, with all of his wins coming at a mile or longer.  He has raced mostly on dirt but has placed once in four starts on turf.  Racing mostly in the Midwest but journeying frequently to New Mexico to race at Sunland Park, he has traveled nearly 200,000 miles behind Jordan’s pick-up truck.
 

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