02/13/2013 3:55PM

Santa Anita notes: Ultimate Eagle back in California after injury

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Ultimate Eagle grabbed a quarter during the Grade 1 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park.

Ultimate Eagle, who was pulled up and vanned off in the $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park last weekend because of a grabbed quarter, was flown to trainer Mike Pender’s base at Hollywood Park on Wednesday to continue his recovery.

Pender said that Ultimate Eagle was treated for a severely grabbed quarter in his left foreleg after the Donn. Pender said that the incident likely occurred at the start. Jockey Martin Pedroza pulled up Ultimate Eagle at the end of the backstretch after the 5-year-old horse faded from contention.

“We thought he took an awkward step leaving the gate,” Pender said. “It could have been a lot worse. We’re managing it and controlling the risk of infection with antiobiotics.”

Owned by B.J. Wright, Ultimate Eagle has won 5 of 13 starts and $547,800. A start in the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 2 will not take place, which will leave Pender plotting a spring campaign for Ultimate Eagle after the foot recovers.

Medication violation rulings issued

The $48,000 purse of an optional claimer at Betfair Hollywood Park in November has been ordered partially redistributed after second-place finisher Dugan Bill tested positive for the Class 2 medication Carisoprodol/Meprobamate.

The medication is a muscle relaxant not allowed to appear in post-race tests. A ruling was issued by Santa Anita stewards last weekend.

Dugan Bill finished second at 72-1 in the seventh race on Nov. 8. The stewards ordered that the $9,600 share of the purse earned by Dugan Bill be forfeited by owner David Williams, trainer Paul Aguirre, and jockey Iggy Puglisi. Prize money for the second- through fifth-place finishers was ordered redistributed to the owners of the original third- through sixth-place finishers – Three Vases, My Slew, Cabo Chico, and Jeffrey’s Groove.

In a separate ruling, trainer Angel Rodriguez was fined $1,500 after two of his starters at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita in December tested positive for Flumethasone, a corticosteroid.