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Won at 4DONALD LEVINE MEMORIAL H.
( 7f , defeating Cassoulet, Cherokee Country, Whistle Pig, Encaustic, Acting Zippy, Vigors Storm ).
Kodiak Kowboy made amends for an unplaced finish in the May 2 Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) over a sloppy track with an impressive triumph under top weight of 124 pounds in the June 27 Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park. The 3-10 favorite, Kodiak Kowboy captured the seven-furlong race by four lengths in 1:21.38 while giving his rivals three to 12 pounds.
The Donald LeVine was Kodiak KowboyÕs second stakes win for the year. The 4-year-old son of Posse captured the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct in April. He had started 2009 with a runner-up effort in the Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at Fair Grounds in March.
Kodiak Kowboy also was a multiple stakes winner in his other two years of racing. At 2, he won the Saratoga Special (gr. II), Bashford Manor (gr. III), and Victoria Stakes (at Woodbine) and was voted CanadaÕs champion 2-year-old male. At 3, he won the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) and Sport Page Handicap (gr. III).
Bred in Kentucky by Robbie and Susie LyonsÕ Hartwell Farm, Kodiak Kowboy races for Tom SimonÕs Vinery Stables and Richard PorterÕs Fox Hill Farm. Vinery bought 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.
The Fox Hill/Vinery partnership also is represented by 2009 stakes winner Friesan Fire. Friesan Fire won three graded stakes this year. He later suffered a stress fracture and was sent to Vinery near Lexington to recuperate.
On its own, Fox Hill has campaigned 2009 graded winners Honest Man and Old Fashioned. The latter also suffered an injury and was sent to Vinery to recuperate.
Hartwell no longer owns Kodiak KowboyÕs dam, Kokadrie. She was sold to BJB Holdings for $43,000 at the Keeneland November sale in 2005 and then was sold to 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 GiantÕs Causeway filly this year in Kentucky for Cloverleaf Farms II.
Posse has sired eight stakes winners, including additional 2009 graded stakes winner No Advantage (gr. III). Posse stands for $20,000 at Vinery.ÑD.S.
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