Hometown favorite and millionaire horse Shotgun Kowboy rebounded from his third-place finish in the $175,000 Governor's Cup on Oklahoma Derby Day with a huge win in the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup on Friday night, taking the richest race of the evening. He has won the Classics Cup three times now, including two consecutive years.
Owner-trainer-breeder of Shotgun Kowboy, C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla., won a Classics race for the 12th time in his career as a trainer, putting him in second place in the history of the track behind only Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Famer Donnie Von Hemel who has an incredible 27 wins in the Classics. Von Hemel won the Oklahoma Classics Distaff tonight with Sydney Freeman, the eighth race on the 10-race card that poured out $1.1 million in purse money to the best Oklahoma-breds on the planet.
It was also the fourth time this 6-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy, out of the Siphon (Brz) mare Shotgun Jane, had won a Classics race. He won the 2014 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile and then this race in 2015, 2017 and tonight. Trout said his big horse has carried on quite a tradition.
“I've had two millionaires, this horse and Maysville Slew, and now Shotgun Kowboy is in the same stall that Maysville had in the same barn we've been in since 1988 when Remington Park opened,” Trout said.
Trying to pick a favorite of those two is akin to trying to pick a favorite child, but Trout did his best to put it into words.
“(Shotgun Kowboy) is pretty special,” Trout said. “He runs pretty hard every time you ask him. I think he is my favorite. Maysville has a special place in our hearts because he was first, but this horse has surpassed him in ability and soundness.”
Shotgun Kowboy earned $105,000 for taking the crown this year in the Cup and now his bankroll has ballooned to $1,372,501 with 13 wins from 31 starts in his career.
A horde of family, friends and fans engulfed Trout in the winner's circle after the race cheering like mad for Shotgun Kowboy. Trout became emotional talking about how much it means to him after winning with this horse for the fourth time on Classics night.
“It's pretty emotional when you have all your friends and all your family, my wife,” Trout said, looking around. “Daniel Ortiz (assistant), I can't tell you what an asset he is to me and his family. How hard he works to get these horses ready in the morning. I couldn't do it without him. My boys in the barn. I tell you what, I have a good crew. They're all just super guys.”
Shotgun Kowboy was the leader at every pole in this 1-1/16th miles race, covering the ground in :24.68 for a quarter-mile, :49.20 at the half-mile, 1:13.95 for six furlongs, 1:37.82 and then stopping the timer in 1:44.05 over a sloppy track. He won the race in 2017 in 1:43.20 and in 2015 with a time of 1:42.36.
Remington Park leading rider David Cabrera was in the irons for the victory. He won two of the Classics races on Friday, also capturing the Oklahoma Classics Sprint aboard Welder, a three-time stakes winner this meet.
“I want to thank Mr. C.R. for the opportunity,” said Cabrera, who rode Shotgun Kowboy for the first time. “Before I got on the horse he told me, you know, just get on this horse and let him do whatever he wants to do, don't take a big hold and he will go from there. That horse had a lot underneath me.”
Shotgun Kowboy paid $2.20 to win, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show as the super-heavy betting favorite at 1-9 odds. It was the second time Cabrera had won the Cup, also taking Phantom Trip to the winner's circle in this race in 2016. Trout has now won the Cup five times, three with Shotgun Kowboy, and twice with Imahit in 2013 and 2014.
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