Ultimate Eagle

Ultimate Eagle

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GI Winner Ultimate Eagle Retired to Stud

Winner of the 2011 Hollywood Derby to stand at Special T Thoroughbreds in California.

Grade I winner Ultimate Eagle, injured in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) in February, has been retired from racing and will begin his stallion career at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, Calif., it was announced Oct. 11.

Owned by B. J. Wright and trained by Mike Pender, the versatile Ultimate Eagle won the Oak Tree Derby (gr. IIT) and Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) on turf in 2011, and the 2012 Strub Stakes (gr. II) on dirt. The speedy son of Mizzen Mast  out of the multiple stakes winner Letithappencaptain, by Captain Bodgit, was taken out of training to recuperate after injuring his left foreleg and being pulled up in the Feb. 9 Donn.

Ultimate Eagle retired with five wins and five placings from 13 lifetime starts and earnings of $547,800. The 5-year-old dark bay or brown horse was bred in Kentucky by B. P. Walden and D. Hanley. Ultimate Eagle survived a life-threatening case of colic as a 2-year-old before his first race.

A stud fee has not yet been determined.