Shotgun Kowboy, the 7-year-old Oklahoma-bred millionaire, won his fourth $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park on Friday night, Oct. 18. The victory was one of the most impressive ever for the gelding who made Oklahoma Classics history.
Bred, owned and trained by C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla., Shotgun Kowboy easily pulled away with over a quarter-mile left in the 1-1/16 miles race to win by 6-3/4 lengths under jockey David Cabrera. The Classics Cup was the first win for Shotgun Kowboy since his score in this race in 2018. Over that time he has competed seven times with a win and two second-place efforts with the other three races finishing out of the money.
Trout gave his star plenty of time off since his last race in April, gearing him up for Oklahoma's Thoroughbred racing showcase. After the triumph, Trout emotionally dedicated Shotgun Kowboy's score to his wife Arletta, who is recovering from heart surgery.
“He ran awful well, he's sure been good to us,” Trout said. “I want to give this to my wife. She's in the hospital. She had open-heart surgery. She's doing better. She loves this old horse, she named him and this is for her.”
Shotgun Kowboy left the starting gate in good order, breaking on the lead. Cabrera let him relax into the first turn and along the backstretch as he was third, two lengths behind the pace-setting Quality Rocket. Midway through the second and final turn Cabrera angled Shotgun Kowboy to the outside and he easily rolled to the lead, drawing away from his foes who had no response.
“You can just see, this horse does it all,” Cabrera said. “No matter where you put him. He just loves to run. That's all he wants to do.”
Quality Rocket set early fractions of :23.24 for the opening quarter-mile and then :46.76 for the half-mile. At three-quarters of a mile, Shotgun Kowboy had assumed control with a split of 1:11.52. The son of Kodiak Kowboy from the Siphon (Brz) mare Shotgun Jane, crossed the finish line in 1:44.72 over the fast track. Tuff Kid, last in the field of 10 after a quarter-mile, kicked in his late run to manage second. D Toz won a photo to finish third, 14-3/4 lengths behind Shotgun Kowboy.
Away as the wagering favorite at 6-5 odds, Shotgun Kowboy paid $4.40 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Tuff Kid returned $10 to place and $7 to show. D Toz paid $4.40 to show.
The win sets a new mark as no horse has ever won the Classics Cup, the marquee event of the Oklahoma Classics series, four times. Shotgun Kowboy pulled away from a tie he had with Mr. Ross (1999-2001) and Zee Oh Six (2002, 2005-2006) who had each won the race three times in their careers.
The win is also Shotgun Kowboy's fifth overall Classics win, he won the Classics Juvenile when he was a 2-year-old (2014) to go along with his Cup victories (2015, 2017-2019). The fifth Classics win puts Shotgun Kowboy in a tie with Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famer Highland Ice for most Classics triumphs.
The Classics Cup is the 14th career victory from 38 starts for Shotgun Kowboy and his ninth overall win at Remington Park. The winner of the Grade 3, Oklahoma Derby in 2015, Shotgun Kowboy also picked up $105,000 for the win to push his total earnings to $1,508,241.
Shotgun Kowboy gave Trout his sixth win in the Classics Cup, a race he has won in six of the last seven years. Imahit was triumphant for him twice (2013 & 2014). The six Cup wins puts Trout into a tie with trainer Donnie Von Hemel for most wins in the Cup. Trout has now won 13 Oklahoma Classics races, second all-time to Von Hemel's 27.
Cabrera won his third Classics Cup. He was on Shotgun Kowboy in 2018 and also rode Phantom Trip in 2016. Cabrera now has seven Oklahoma Classics wins in his career. Earlier in the night, he rode Welder to victory in the $130,000 Classics Sprint.
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