Victoria S.

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KODIAK KOWBOY (B h, 122 lb) $70,208
Posse —Kokadrie , by Coronado's Quest
B—Hartwell Farm, KY.; O—Vinery Stables; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Lacadena (B m, 119 lb) $23,403
Fasliyev —Butterfly Blue (IRE) , by Sadler's Wells
B—Barronstown Stud, KY.; O—Sapara, James and Alice; T—Josie Carroll

Yes It's Bull (GR/RO h, 117 lb) $12,871
Yes It's True —Heart of the Bull , by Holy Bull
B—Cloverleaf Farms II, Inc., FL.; O—UN Stable; T—Lorna M. Perkins

Margins: 2, neck, neck. Others: Ogygian's Storm 117($7,021) , Pizza Lover 122($3,510) , Senor 122($374) , Stuck in Traffic 122($374) , Talken Tall 122($374) , If What So What 117($374) , Bella Nevada 119($374) . Winning Jockey, Emma-Jayne Wilson.

Kodiak Kowboy established two “firsts” in the June 17 Victoria Stakes at Woodbine. Recording his first stakes victory, the juvenile also provided his sire, Posse, with his initial black-type winner.

Kodiak Kowboy, who prevailed by two lengths in the Victoria, launched his career with a fourth-place effort over two furlongs at the Toronto oval April 29, after which he was a two-length winner at Churchill Downs May 26.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, who won last year’s Victoria with Chace City, Kodiak Kowboy completed the five-furlong test on Polytrack in :59.44.

Kodiak Kowboy was bred in Kentucky by Robert and Susie Lyons’ Hartwell Farm. He was consigned as a weanling by his breeders as agent to the 2005 Keeneland November mixed sale where J.W. Singer bought him for $40,000.

Kodiak Kowboy was offered the next year at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale Co.’s August yearling sale. Consigned by Burleson Farms, agent, he was purchased for $70,000 by Tom Simon’s Vinery Stables, for which he has made all his starts.

Vinery is a racing and breeding operation based near Lexington. Over the last six years, the outfit has campaigned numerous stakes winners alone or in partnership, including grade I winner Celtic Melody and other 2007 stakes victors Nice Inheritance, Probation Ready, and Wonderful Luck.

Kodiak Kowboy is out of the unraced Coronado’s Quest mare Kokadrie, who is a half-sister to millionaire West by West. The son of Gone West won five stakes during his 30-start career and scored his major victory in the 1993 Nassau County Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

Bred in Kentucky by Warner L. Jones Farm, Kokadrie has been sold four times at auction. She was bought for $75,000 by Hartwell Farm at the 2004 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by Woods Edge Farm, agent, she was carrying the Victoria winner.

In her most recent trip through the sale ring, Kokadrie was bought for $43,000 by BJB Holdings at the 2005 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by Hartwell Farm, agent, she was carrying a Golden Missile foal.

That foal, now a yearling colt, was purchased for $30,000 by Four Hundred Enterprises at this year’s Keeneland January mixed sale from James B. Keogh, agent.

First-crop sire Posse, a 7-year-old son of Silver Deputy, stands for $12,500 at Vinery.—E.M.