Top pacer Fly Like An Eagle has been sold for a substantial six figure sum to the Muscara Family Trust. But, don’t expect him to disappear off the shores of New Zealand just yet.
“The Muscara’s will race him in a 50/50 partnership with the current owners, until after the New Zealand Cup,” said John Curtin of JC International, just moments after he had finalized the deal.
Fly Like An Eagle, who was named Two-Year-Old Pacer of the Year and won the New Zealand Derby at three, will race in tomorrow’s Ashburton Flying Stakes, where he is likely to start third or fourth favourite, and although the Muscara Family Trust won’t be listed in your racebooks - half of the money he earns will be heading to America.
“Harness Racing New Zealand officials have been bought right up to date with the arrangement, so everyone knows what is going on,” confirmed Curtin.
Fly Like An Eagle, who has won 17 races and $602,182 for trainer Mark Purdon and owners Phil & Glenys Kennard, Neil Piltcher, Gavin Douglas, and Phil & Margaret Creighton, was purchased from Australia for $30,000 as a yearling.
He is a son of champion racehorse/sire Mach Three, who is also owned by the Muscara’s, and is a close relation to Changeover and Chokin, meaning he has huge potential as a stallion, especially if he can clock up a few quick miles in the United States first.
No plans will be set in concrete for the now five-year-old until after the NZ Cup. However, it is likely that he will race in Australia, before heading on to the States, where I am sure he will ‘Fly Like An Eagle.’
Apart from owning Fly Like Eagle’s sire Mach Three, the Muscara’s also own Mister Big, Art Official, and the recently retired, A Rocknroll Dance, among many others.
Fly Like An Eagle’s biggest career wins to date are: 2YO Young Guns Final (Gr1), 2YO Harness Jewels (Gr1), New Zealand Derby (Gr1), 3YO Breeders’ Crown Final (Gr1), Methven Cup (Gr3), and the Gotta Go Cullen Free-For-All (Gr3)
*Attatched is a video of Fly Like An Eagle winning the New Zealand Derby
By Mitchell Robertson