Bye Bye Eagle Eye takes race at Sunland Park
El Paso, TX — Bye Bye Eagle Eye stormed to an impressive 2 and 1/4 length win in the 48th running of the $140,583 Sunland Park Winter Quarter Horse Futurity at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino on Friday.
Under jockey Salvador Martinez, Bye Bye Eagle Eye delivered a tour de force performance in the 400 yard feature. Let go at 10-1 odds, the two-year-old colt by One Famous Eagle broke fast and poured on the pressure down the stretch. Bye Bye Eagle Eye completely dominated his nine rivals in the big money event for trainer Mike Joiner in a time of 19.229 seconds. The winner took home a $66,074 paycheck for owner Gilberto Flores. A $2 win ticket on Bye Bye Eagle Eye was worth a nice $22.80.
Last fall at Lone Star Park, Bye Bye Eagle Eye qualified for the Dash For Cash Futurity and finished fifth. The Sunland Park Winter Quarter Horse Futurity victory was his first career stakes win in eight starts. It appears Joiner will have a terrific three-year-old on his hands for 2014.
Despite blowing the start, top qualifier Rae of Fire found enough energy to close from last place and gain a dead heat for second with jockey Jaime Parga Leos in the saddle. The daughter of Walk Thru Fire made a bold move along the rail to earn a tie with Famous Edge of Glory for second place honors.
Cruzin, the 8-5 post time favorite, fizzled out in fifth place.
Live racing resumes on Saturday with $132,883 Sunland Park Winter Quarter Horse Derby (5th race) and the $85,000 Red Hedeman Mile (10th race). Post time for the terrific 11-race is 12:15 p.m. Charvet and Obamano are the leading contenders in the Winter Derby. Double stakes winner Reaper and Proceed loom large in the Red Hedeman Mile.
Some of the world’s best Quarter Horses collide on Sunday for the $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (Grade 1) going 400 yards. An elite field of 10 will run including defending champion Prospect to the Top, 2011 Championship at Sunland Park winner Cold Cash 123 and 2011 Rainbow Futurity winner Feature Mr Bojangles. Sunday’s co-feature is the $85,000 Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap at 1 and 1/16 miles.