History will be on the line when the field loads the starting gate for the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup on Friday, Oct. 18 at Remington Park. The Classics Cup is the main event of the million-dollar night of the Oklahoma Classics for top Oklahoma-breds.
Shotgun Kowboy, the 8-5 morning-line favorite, won his third Oklahoma Classics Cup last year, and his second in a row, he also won the race in 2015. The 7-year-old gelding could reset the record books as the only horse to win this race four times. Only two other horses have won the race as many times as Shotgun Kowboy. Zee Oh Six won the Oklahoma Classics Cup in 2002, 2005-2006. Mr Ross won it three years in a row from 1999-2001.
The owner-trainer-breeder of Shotgun Kowboy, C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla., has won this race five times and has taken a trip to the winner's circle 12 times for Classics races. That puts him in second place for trainers in all-time victories on Oklahoma Classics night. Donnie Von Hemel holds that record with 27 Classics wins.
Last year's victory for Shotgun Kowboy was the fourth Classics race win for him. This son of Kodiak Kowboy, out of the Siphon (BRZ) mare Shotgun Jane, also won the 2014 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile. His racing record to date is 37 starts, 13 wins, five seconds and seven thirds for $1,403,241 earned. He has won 8-of-13 on the dirt at Remington Park.
“(Shotgun Kowboy) is pretty special,” said Trout. “He runs pretty hard every time you ask him. I think he is my favorite. Maysville Slew has a special place in our hearts because we had him first, but this horse has surpassed him in ability and soundness.”
Shotgun Kowboy won the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 27, 2018, beating trainer Bob Baffert's Grade 1 winner Mubtahij at 1-1/16th miles on the dirt. The Oklahoma Classics Cup is at that same distance. Leading rider David Cabrera gets the return call on him for this year's edition. He won aboard him last year in this race by 3-1/2 lengths.
The second morning-line favorite in the race is a shipper from Pennsylvania named Deal Driven. This 5-year-old gelding by Into Mischief, out of the Tiznow mare Tiz Merry, is coming off a win in the $60,000 Parx Hall of Fame Handicap at the track formerly known as Philadelphia Park. He races for owners Troy Johnson and Charles Lo, and is trained by Robert Mosco. Deal Driven will be ridden by the horse's regular rider Roberto Rosado and is at 2-1 odds in the morning line.
Deal Driven has run 40 times, won 14 of those, ran second in eight others, and third three times for a bankroll of $295,186. He was bred in Oklahoma by Scott Pierce and Ciaran Keveaney.
The Oklahoma Classics Cup field with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds:
1. Shotgun Kowboy: C.R. Trout, David Cabrera, 8-5 (morning-line favorite)
2. Rowdy The Warrior: Donnie Von Hemel, Luis Quinonez, 10-1
3. D Toz: Danny Pish, Lane Luzzi, 5-1
4. Quality Rocket: Boyd Caster, Jose Medina, 12-1
5. Gospel Abe: Federico Villafranco, Stewart Elliott, 20-1
6. Deal Driven: Robert Mosco, Roberto Rosado, 2-1
7. United Patriot: Michael Biehler, Lori Keith, 8-1
8. Tuff Kid: Karl Broberg, Richard Eramia, 12-1
9. Dobbins G: Austin Gustafson, Ramon Vazquez, 15-1
10. Fearless Will: Francisco Bravo, Alex Birzer, 30-1
The Classics Cup will be race nine of 10 on Oct. 18 with a scheduled post time of 11:02pm. The first race of the evening is underway at 7pm. All times are Central.
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