James McIngvale first purchased a slot in the starting gate for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 28 in the hope that his champion sprinter Runhappy could stretch out to nine furlongs. After an unplaced effort in this year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Runhappy was retired to Claiborne Farm. McIngvale had been searching for a horse to fill the Pegasus stall, and according to bloodhorse.com, the owner may have found him.
Eragon is a three-time group 1-winning Argentine-bred with 10 wins from 20 starts; the 5-year-old son of Offlee Wild (sire of BC Classic winner Bayern) was privately purchased by McIngvale and arrived in Miami on Monday. After a seven-day quarantine period Eragon will be transferred to Gulfstream Park, where he will be met by trainer Laura Wohlers.
“Some of his best races look like they were mile races on the dirt,” said Wohlers. “Mac (McIngvale) thought buying an American horse just wasn't an option because he won't run on Lasix. Hopefully this horse is a good enough runner that he can go in the Pegasus.
“We might run last but we might beat Chrome. He's something else, and it is tall order, but you never know.”
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
Watch Eragon win the G1 Estrellas Mile on dirt in June, clocking a time of 1:33.00 for the mile: (he is the number 10 horse, jockey wearing white and blue striped silks, white cap)
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