The odds that Jason Olmstead would win the 2017 North Central Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity were good: of the nine starters, he trained five. And though the Olmstead barn found their way into the winner’s circle for their fourth consecutive NCQHRA Futurity, it was with a bit of a price horse: Eagle Deluxe ($25.00).
Eagle Deluxe and jockey Berkley Packer covered the 350-yard distance in 17.849 to earn a 97 speed index. This was Berkley’s second consecutive win in the NCQHRA Futurity.
Though he broke midpack, the One Famous Eagle colt passed horses to win by three-quarters of a length. Eagle Deluxe is owned by Tom Maher, Bill Maher, and Movin On; he was bred in Louisiana by Grant Farms LLC, out of the Corona Cartel mare Corona Deluxe.
This was not Eagle Deluxe’s first trip to the winner’s circle. The colt failed to qualify for the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, but he won the $18,000 Mystic Lake Northlands Juvenile, a consolation event for horses that started in Northlands trials, earlier this summer.