Owned and trained by C. R. Trout of Hammon, Oklahoma, Shotgun Kowboy (Kodiak Kowboy) held off top opponents Mubtaahij and Fear the Cowboy for the prize in the 22nd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap Sunday.
With the scratch of Full of Luck, who stayed in California to run in yesterday's Santa Anita Gold Cup, it was just a field of four when the gates opened today. Though small in field size the competition was stellar. Shotgun Kowboy was on his game today. The 6-yr-old dark brown gelding was out like a shot for the gate-to-wire victory in the mile and a sixteenth race. Early fractions were 24.29 and 47.63. Final time was 1:44.84 on and fast track.
“I got him to break good, maintain, and keep him comfortable with what he wants to do,” said winning jockey Luis Quinonez. “I think I got a good path and was able to move right where I wanted to and control the race. I couldn't thank C. R. enough, he does a great job.”
“This colt is easy to train and we just let him do his thing today and get where he wanted to be,” said winning owner/trainer C. R. Troutt. “I'm thankful to have Luis riding him, I couldn't have asked for a better job and I'd like to thank my assistant Daniel Ortiz, who has done a wonderful job galloping in the morning. I appreciate Lone Star and the effort they did to put this on. We had a good field today and it feels good to win one of those.”
Favorite Mubtaahij, was asked leaving the gate, settling just off the pace. When asked in the stretch he wasn't able to catch the leader, but was clear for second place. Fear the Cowboy raced near the rear, moved closer halfway down the backstretch, was 6-wide into the stretch under the whip, but weakened, but was able to hold for third. South Beach stalked the leader on the outside, drawing even in with three furlongs, but tired. Full of Luck was a scratch.
Mutuels for the winner paid $11.20; $3.00 and $2.00. Place paid $2.10 and $0.50. Show returned $2.00. There was no trifecta or Superfecta wagering on the race.
Shotgun Kowboy increased his career earnings to $1,246,326. This was his 12th win from 29 career starts.
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