Trainer Chris Englehart fell one victory short of tying the modern-day record for consecutive wins on the New York racing circuit when Who's the Cowboy finished second in the fifth race at Aqueduct Race Track Jan. 5.
Who’s the Cowboy, who started Englehart’s streak when he won the first race on Dec. 30, was favored at even money and raced off the pace in fifth around the far turn. The 9-year-old gelding made up ground in the stretch but could not reel in 2-1 second choice Poppa's Pick, who held on to win by one length.
“I thought it was a great effort,” said Englehart of Who’s the Cowboy’s performance when reached by telephone. “He just got outrun, that’s all. He’s just a good, professional horse. You have to respect him, and we’ll do right by him and give him a little time off now.”
In addition to Who’s the Cowboy’s victory last week, Englehart’s winning streak included triumphs by Smokin’ Arties Gal and Budge Man Dec. 30, Iberian Gate’s success on New Year’s Eve, and a win by Run Warrior Run on New Year’s Day. He had successive scores by Isn't She Grand and Furhlang Jan. 2.
According to recent records, four modern-day trainers have saddled eight consecutive winners at New York Racing Association tracks: John Parisella in 1973; Angel Penna, Sr., who sent out eight straight at Belmont Park in 1982; Oscar Barrera, who went 8-for-8 from April 15-21, 1983 at Belmont Park, and Edward I. Kelly, who accomplished the feat in October 1983.
More recently, trainer John Kimmel went 7-for-7 at Saratoga Race Course in 2008.