Fear the Cowboy finishes strong to win Harlan's Holiday Stakes

December 16, 2017 10:22am
Fear the Cowboy finishes strong to win Harlan's Holiday Stakes
Photo: Courtesy of Gulfstream Park

By Jonathan Lintner

Hard-knocking Fear the Cowboy did his best running late Saturday while rallying to win Saturday’s featured Grade 3, $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

In a race billed as Destin’s tryout for next month’s Pegasus World Cup, 5-year-old Fear the Cowboy, in his 27th career start, made a wide bid through the turn and passed the pace setters for an easy win.

So, how about his own bid?

“[The Pegasus World Cup] is a tough race, but we are open to probably taking a chance, because on this track he runs well," said trainer Efren Loza Jr.

It was the second graded stakes score for the son of Cowboy Cal, owned by Kathleen Amaya and Raffaelle Centofanti. The horse finished up 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.33 under jockey Javier Castellano.

"He's a straightforward horse -- a very pro horse," Castellano said.

Mr. Jordan, another local favorite, ran second, taking the photo over Richard the Great. A 3-2 favorite, Destin ran fourth.

Fear the Cowboy won from off a decently hot pace, as they went the opening half mile in 46.20 seconds. Castellano asked through the turn, and his mount answered.

"The way he did it today, (I'm) very impressed," Castellano said. "Everything worked out in a nice way today. It was a great setup -- a lot of speed in the race. I took my time in the first part of the race, and the way he finished was unbelievable."

At 7-2, Fear the Cowboy returned $9.

The horse has run particularly well at Gulfstream, winning three straight races there dating back to 2015. In 2014, he also broke his maiden there.

Fear the Cowboy on Saturday improved his career record to 9-7-2.


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