Bourbon Cowboy Possible for Lecomte
December 28, 2014 10:02am

Holmark Stables VI’s Bourbon Cowboy came out of his game runner-up performance in last week’s $50,000 Sugar Bowl in fine shape, according to his conditioner Richie Scherer. His excellent showing – losing by a half-length to multiple stakes-winning favorite Cinco Charlie after a stretch-long battle – may have opened some doors for the colt whose connections previously believed he could possibly be a turf horse. 
“He’s doing really well,” Scherer said. “He came out in good shape and right now our plans are up in the air. It is really surprising how well he handles dirt. It’s a lot better than I thought he would.”
By multiple Grade II-winning turf and synthetic specialist Cowboy Cal and with a female family containing prominent names like Nijinsky II and Red Ransom, it is understandable that the colt’s connections would be surprised that Bourbon Cowboy moved forward so much on dirt. 
In the Sugar Bowl the Kentucky-bred earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure – the 10th-highest of any juvenile in 2014 – and a 101 Equibase Speed Figure. To put such data into perspective, his best Equibase number in his previous five races – all on synthetic – was an 88.
“No doubt, it was his best race,” Scherer said. “He showed himself as a different kind of horse where he really stalked and responded, but he’s still figuring out what’s going on. We’re still not sure what we’ll do with him, but we nominated to the (Grade III $200,000) Lecomte (Stakes on Jan. 17) and we are also eligible for the stakes at Ocala.” Being a $50,000 purchase at Ocala Breeders’ Sale in April of this year, he is eligible to compete in the $100,000 OBS Championship Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 27 over its Safetrack synthetic surface.
So far in his career, Bourbon Cowboy has finished in the exacta in four of six starts and placed in two stakes, while also finishing fourth in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity in September. The only blemish on his record was an uncharacteristically dull performance when fifth in the Listed $125,000 Display Stakes in November at Woodbine.

Source: Fair Grounds Barn Notes


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