Won at 3AMSTERDAM S.
(gr. II , 6.5f , defeating Desert Key, Devereux, Silver Edition, Excess Capital, Fidelio, Eaton's Gift ).
Kodiak Kowboy returned to Saratoga for the first time since winning last yearÕs Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) and won the July 28 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II). The race is named for a nearby city.
Kodiak Kowboy got his nose in front of favorite Desert Key right near the wire and won by a head after the latter set the pace with fractions of :21.79, :44.19, and 1:08.81. Time for the 61Ú2 furlongs was 1:15.56.
The Amsterdam was Kodiak KowboyÕs first start for trainer Larry Jones, who took over from Steve Asmussen.
Bred in Kentucky by Robbie and Susie LyonsÕ Hartwell Farm, Kodiak Kowboy races for Tom SimonÕs Vinery Stables and Richard PorterÕs Fox Hill Farm. Kodiak KowboyÕs sire, Posse, stands at Vinery near Lexington. Posse was last yearÕs leading freshman sire.
Porter, a Delaware auto dealer, has enjoyed earlier success at Saratoga. Last year, his colt Hard Spun won the KingÕs Bishop Stakes (gr. I). In 2000, his filly Jostle captured the Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Vinery purchased Kodiak Kowboy for $70,000 from Burleson Farms, agent, at the 2006 Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs August yearling sale. The previous year, Hartwell as agent sold Kodiak Kowboy as a weanling to J.W. Singer for $40,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Kodiak Kowboy began his racing career at Woodbine last year. After finishing fourth, he returned south of the border and won a maiden race at Churchill Downs. He then went back to Canada and won the Victoria Stakes.
Kodiak Kowboy made his four remaining starts that year in the United States. In addition to the Saratoga Special, he won the Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and placed in the Bessemer Trust BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and Futurity Stakes (gr. II).
Those efforts didnÕt go unnoticed in Canada. Kodiak Kowboy was voted a Sovereign Award as best juvenile male.
Hartwell no longer owns Kodiak KowboyÕs dam, Kokadrie, who was sold to John SykesÕ Cloverleaf Farm for $575,000 at the 2007 Keeneland November sale. Consigned by James B. Keogh, agent, she was in foal to Lion Heart.
Kokadrie produced a colt this year in Kentucky for Cloverleaf Farms II. Kept at SykesÕ Woodford Thoroughbreds near Versailles, Ky., she is in foal to GiantÕs Causeway.
Posse is the sire of additional 2008 stakes winner Lantana Mob (gr. III) among his seven stakes winners. His 2008 fee at Vinery was $30,000.ÑD.S.
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