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Hot New Sires of 2013 - Kodiak Kowboy

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First Crop Sires 2013While 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.

KODIAK KOWBOY (Posse - Kokadrie, by Coronado's Quest)
Kodiak 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). The Steve Asmussen 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.

Kodiak 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 23-11-4-3 ($1,663,363).

Kodiak KowboyCareer Highlights:
1st - Cigar Mile (G-1) 8F
1st Carter Handicap (G-1) 7F
1st - Vosburgh Stakes (G-1) 6F
1st – Amsterdam Stakes (G-2) 6.5F
1st – Saratoga Special (G-2) 6.5F
1st – Bashford Manor Stakes (G-3) 6F

2007 - Champion Two Year Old in Canada
2009 - Eclipse Champion Male Sprinter

Kodiak 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.
Posse, 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.

Kodiak 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.
Kodiak Kowboy Pedigree
Kodiak Kowboy's damsire, the well bred Coronado's Quest (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.

How to bet his offspring:
Kodiak 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).

Dirt: Kodiak Kowboy made the majority of his starts over dirt. His pedigree in the first three generations is solid with dirt attributes.
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.

Turf: 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.

Synthetic: 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.

Kodiak 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 the exceptions.

Currently four of Kodiak Kowboy's babies have started and one has visited the winner's circle. His daughter Bear Facts (out of I'vegothemusicinme, by Champion Juvenile Boston Harbor) won a 4 ½ furlong trial at Turf Paradise.



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I thought Kodiak Kowboy could have won a couple more graded stakes. Jones was using Gabriel Saez at the time to ride him. He gave several questionable rides on the horse. First time Saez was off and another rider took over he won a major stakes easily. I think he could drop some precocious ones. Any idea why so few of his offspring have went thru the sales ring.
Thanks Buckpasser. Of course I ALWAYS enjoy you posts.
Saw Nijinsky at Claiborne and had developed thrush so badly, that it left significant varicosities on one hind leg. Was about three time the diameter of the other but did not seem to hinder his locomotion.
Laz. Glad you're back commenting. Always enjoy the info.
Thanks for the info Laz. I definitely remember the name Bunty Lawless. Didnt see him of course. Not quite that old. But I remember my father speaking of him. Nijinsky I saw race in England. Quite a horse. When you saw it was hard to believe he was a son of ND in that Nijinsky was a big brute if a horse. And I don't mean he was common looking. He was big and powerful. I remember ND in the Belmont Stakes. He was a handsome horse but fine boned.
Like Matt, I really liked Kodiak Kowboy, so I'm excited to see his progeny start hitting the track.
Buckpasser, I believe that E.P. Taylor’s first stud farm was National Stud. This might be where Nearctic and Victoria Park were foaled. This is where he stood a stallion called Chop Chop who in 1943 set the 9.5 furlong track record at Jamaica in the Empire City Handicap, defeating among others, Princequillo. Chop Chop sired Canadiana, Canadian HOY in 1952, and Victoria Park. E.P. was one of the great visionaries in the sport and basically made Canadian racing what it is today, managing to take it out of the bull rings when he built New Woodbine and formed the Canadian Jockey Club.
Buckpasser, there is lots of interesting history in Canadian racing. E.P. Taylor owned a horse named Windfields in the middle forties and named Windfields Farm after him. He was a son of Bunty Lawless, a respected Canadian Bred sire owned by Willie Morrissey, who was big in Canadian racing in the old days. Windfields’ biggest win was I believe the Breeders Stakes, the third jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown. Windfields Farm is in North Oshawa. When I was young I lived in Toronto. I remember when Northern Dancer was foaled and the tremendous impact he had on the sport in Canada, especially when he won the Derby, etc. We used to drive by the farm back then. It was quite the place though now it is nothing close to what it was back in the day. Many great horses were foaled there including Nijinsky, (I believe Victoria Park who was 2nd in the 1960 Preakness and 3rd in the Derby, and possibly Nearctic, the Dancer’s sire). Victoria Park was an excellent broodmare sire and his daughter, Fleur, though never much on the track, was the dam of The Minstrel (a multi Group One winner in GB) and Far North (the sire of The Wicked North the Eclipse champion older horse back in the 90’s. Fleur was out of Flaming Page who mated with Northern Dancer to produce the great Nijinsky and Minsky, who had some success in GB. Two other influential Canadian sires were also born at Windfields, Vice Regent and Viceregal. Viceregal won 8 of 9 races including 7 stakes as a two year old. He was destined to point to the American TC when his promising career was cut short by injury. Vice Regent was injured early in his career and never achieved the success on the track that everyone figured he would. He is best known as a top sire in Canada and led the sire list 13 times. His greatest claim to fame was as the sire of Deputy Minister.
we NEED an Edward Plunkett Taylor around these days
TV. Thanks for the link. I believe E.P. Taylor named his farm after a son of Bunty Lawless.
Bunty Lawless info..
Amino. Bunty Lawless. Haven't heard that name in a long time. King's Plate winner and top sire.
The dosage on Bullet Train is fantastic. Almost perfect index and center distribution.
Long live Bunty Lawless.
Cocoa - I would like to see Zenyatta breed to Bullet Train. That should be a nice combo.
Deputy Minister line has Awesome Again (Ghostzapper), Dehere (a few minor sons, but overall a better broodmare sire), Silver Deputy (Posse, Spring at Last, Badge of Silver) and Touch Gold (Mass Media). The sire line will continue on mainly through Awesome Again, but the majority of these stallions are better as broodmare sires.
As for Bullet Train, why breed to him when you could have Americain? Check this out:
Silver Deputy isn't exactly proving to be a sire of sires with only Posse to stand up for his name since being pensioned back in 2008. Posse hasn't gotten a huge chance, but if Kodiak Kowboy and Caleb's Posse aren't good daddies, the Deputy Minister sire line may be gone down the drain
Bullet Train
Kodiak Kowboy was a favorite runner of mine.

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I've been around horses for most of my life, working in racing stables as a hot walker and exercise rider in my teenage years, and later as a volunteer with rescued and retired racehorses. I became interested in pedigree when the sons and daughters of my favorite horses started their racing careers.   


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