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14 YEAR OLD HORSE STILL WINNING RACES

From CinciPulse - The Pulse of the City

 

12 years ago trainer Rick Jordan laid eyes on a nice colt he liked at a 2-year-old in training sale in Maryland. He bid up to $4,000 and the hammer fell at auction. He loaded the young horse on a van and headed back to his base in Ohio to start his racing career. 

Little did Rick Jordan suspect that the horse he named Eagle Time in 1999, would still be winning races in 2011 at the age of 14.   Eagle Time pulled away to win the first race at River Downs on Thursday, recording his 15th victory in his 80th lifetime start while boosting his career earnings to $273,311.  Back in 2000 Eagle Time won the Texas Derby in his sixth lifetime start and followed that with a second-place finish in the Reilly Allison Derby at Sunland Park. The following year he won the Memorial Day Handicap at Mountaineer Park and followed that effort with a second-place finish in the Independence Day Handicap there. 

Jordon thought his colt had done enough after finishing second in a $47,800 allowance race in October 2004 and turned his stakes winner out to stud. Five years late, when the broodmare demand for his services lessened Jordon put him back in training and he's been winning every year since. "He just always kept himself fit and sound so we decided to bring him back," said Jordon, who had been training since 1979 while in the Army Reserve and National Guard.

"For a period of time he was stabled alongside one of his sons, Eagle Won." In Ohio there is no age limit for racing thoroughbreds, but Jordon says this will be his last season. "We will retire him at the end of the River Downs meet and put him back out to stud. He makes money for me on and off the track!"


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