Three-year-old Kodiak Kowboy, a Canadian champion and a grade II winner this year and last, will not enter stud in 2009 and instead will remain in training. He ran fifth, beaten three lengths, in the Nov. 29 Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct.
“He’s a sound horse, and we think he can be a grade I winner next year,” said Tom Ludt, general manager of Tom Simon’s Vinery near Lexington. “He’ll be headed to our Florida farm (near Summerfield).”
Vinery owns Kodiak Kowboy with Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm. Kodiak Kowboy's sire, Posse, stands at Vinery in Kentucky.
Bred in Kentucky by Hartwell Farm, Kodiak Kowboy has won seven of 15 races and earned $830,558. A leading 2-year-old, he captured the Victoria Stakes in his sole Canadian start and took the Saratoga Special (gr. II) and Bashford Manor (gr. III) Stakes in the states. He ran third in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
This year, Kodiak Kowboy has stuck to one-turn races, winning the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) and Sport Page Handicap (gr. III). He was trained first by Steve Asmussen and then Larry Jones.
Kodiak Kowboy is out of the Coronado's Quest mare Kokadrie.