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the nation is in the grip of Triple Crown fever, the next generation
is quietly taking their positions on the track. Like the springtime
flowers, races for two year olds are sprouting at racetracks across
the nation. Starting in July, the two year olds will be out in full
force when Saratoga and Del Mar open. It can be almost impossible to
handicap a race when there's no previous form. Canny handicappers
look at the pedigrees of these youngsters for precocity. But what if
the juvenile is by a first crop sire? Will they want to win early or
take to the surface? Over the next month, I'll showcase some of the
first crop sires whose offspring should show early promise. This
week, we'll start with Kodiak Kowboy.
Kowboy won his second start in late May at Churchill traveling 4 ½
furlongs. He jumped directly into stakes competition, winning the
Victoria Stakes over the Woodbine Polytrack. A month later, he
traveled back to Kentucky to grab the Bashford Manor Stakes (G-3).
trainee then journeyed to Saratoga and defeated rivals in the
Saratoga Special (G-2) by three lengths despite being steadied behind
horses. All of the travel caught up to the young colt when he tasted
defeat in the Futurity
Stakes (G-2) at Belmont, finishing second. Kodiak Kowboy finished
out his two year old season in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G-1),
swimming to a third place finish behind War Pass over the sloppy
Monmouth Park surface. Kodiak Kowboy was awarded Champion Juvenile
honors in Canada for his exploits.
Kowboy was wisely kept off of the Triple Crown trail due to his
precocious sprinter/miler pedigree. As a three year old, he captured
the Sport Page (G-3) and Amsterdam Stakes (G-2) and at four, earned
his first Grade 1 win in the Carter Handicap. The son of Possee
closed out his career with victories in the Vosburgh Stakes (G-1) and
Cigar Mile (G-1) to earn Champion
Male Sprinter honors. Kodiak Kowboy retired with a record of
- Cigar Mile (G-1) 8F
Carter Handicap (G-1) 7F
- Vosburgh Stakes (G-1) 6F
– Amsterdam Stakes (G-2) 6.5F
– Saratoga Special (G-2) 6.5F
– Bashford Manor Stakes (G-3) 6F
- Champion Two Year Old in Canada
- Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter
Kowboy owns a speed over middle-distance pedigree. His sire Posse is
noted for getting precocious babies that are distance challenged.
Besides Kodiak Kowboy, Posse has sired Breeders' Cup Mile hero
Caleb's Posse, Del Mar Futurity (G-1) winner Rolling Fog and Grade 2
winner No Advantage.
a son of Silver Deputy from the Northern Dancer sire line, is a young
stallion. Kodiak Kowboy is his first prominent son to stand at stud.
The bloodline cross of Posse over Coronado's Quest mares has resulted
in four starters, all winners and one stakes winner.
Kowboy doesn't have any notable siblings and his dam Kokadrie is
unraced. However, Kokadrie is a half sister to the sire West by
West, a multiple graded stakes winner from distances ranging between
a mile and 1 1/8 miles. Besides West by West, Kodiak Kowboy is most
accomplished runner in his distaff family in four generations.
Kowboy's damsire, the well bred Coronado's
(Forty Niner – Laughing Look, by Damascus) won stakes races from 6
1/2 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles. He competed at the highest levels,
defeating Belmont Stakes hero Victory Gallop in both the Haskell and
Travers Stakes. Coronado's Quest's daughters bear winners in the
sprint/middle distance ranges, although as a damsire he's represented
by one stakes winner at 1 ¼ miles. Coronado's Quest is the damsire
of the juvenile graded stakes winners Boys At Tosconova and Mani
Bhavan, plus recent Churchill Downs Handicap hero Delaunay, Fountain
of Youth winner Soldat and overall 17 stakes winners.
to bet his offspring:
Kowboy has 52 foals in his first crop. Only eight of his two year
olds went through the sales ring, bringing between $20K - $140K. Two
were RNA (reserve not attained).
Kodiak Kowboy made the majority of his starts over dirt. His
pedigree in the first three generations is solid with dirt
The stallion competed five times over an off track with a
1-1-2 record. While this isn't terrible, it isn't spectacular
either. Very few of his dam's half siblings handled mud. Kodiak
Kowboy's offspring may be average/poor over mud surfaces, so look
closely at each individual's distaff line for mud affinity.
Kodiak Kowboy didn't compete over the turf. There's some turf
breeding about four generations back in his pedigree and one of his
dam's half siblings competed over turf in France. As with the mud,
look at each individual's distaff line for turf attributes.
Kodiak Kowboy won one of three starts over Polytrack. Some of his
babies will handle the surface, but most will be average over
Polytrack. They may handle Cushion Track better.
Kowboy was named Champion Juvenile in Canada. Expect his babies to
come out of the gate running. They'll be quick and precocious
distance - challenged sprinters. Dirt will likely be their best
surface. A few may like the mud, turf or polytrack, but they will be
four of Kodiak Kowboy's babies have started and one has visited the
winner's circle. His daughter Bear
(out of I'vegothemusicinme,
by Champion Juvenile Boston Harbor) won a 4 ½ furlong trial at Turf