01/08/2013 3:09PM

Ultimate Eagle eyes San Antonio as Santa Anita Handicap prep

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Ultimate Eagle, second in the San Pasqual Stakes to Coil last Saturday, will run in the $200,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 3.

Ultimate Eagle, second in the San Pasqual Stakes last Saturday, will run in the $200,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 3 as a prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 2.

“He came out of it like he went in – perfect,” trainer Mike Pender said.

In the San Pasqual, Ultimate Eagle set the pace and was caught by Coil in the final sixteenth, losing by a head. Coil was retired to stud following the race.

“I’ve got to hand it to Coil,” Pender said. “He ran a big race.”

The San Antonio is run over 1  1/8 miles and is expected to draw defending champion Game On Dude, a multiple stakes winner. Monday at Santa Anita, the Baffert-trained Game On Dude worked a half-mile in 47.20 seconds.