3rd at 3VOSBURGH S.
(gr. I , 6f , to Kodiak Kowboy, Fabulous Strike, defeating Go Go Shoot ).
Two years after being voted champion 2-year-old male in Canada, Kodiak Kowboy has continued his graded stakes-winning ways.
The son of Posse, who accomplished a new feat this year by scoring his first grade I victory in the April 4 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct, again prevailed at that echelon when winning the Oct. 3 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, the colt was scoring the sixth graded stakes win of his career in the Vosburgh.
Kodiak Kowboy was bred in Kentucky by Robert and Susie LyonsÕ Hartwell Farm. He was consigned 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 BreedersÕ Sales Co.Õs August yearling sale. Consigned by Burleson Farms, agent, he was purchased for $70,000 by Tom SimonÕs Vinery Stables, for which he has raced all his starts. Starting in the summer of 2007, Richard PorterÕs Fox Hill Farms teamed with Vinery to co-campaign Kodiak Kowboy.
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 2009 stakes victors Friesan Fire and Authenicat. Fox Hill has also raced such grade I winners as Round Pond, Hard Spun, and Jostle.
Kodiak Kowboy is out of the unraced CoronadoÕs Quest mare Kokadrie, who is a half-sister to millionaire West by West (by Gone West), and multi-millionaire producer Kyoei Taiyo (by Forty Niner). In addition, KokadrieÕs winning dam West Turn (by CoxÕs Ridge) is a full sister to grade I victor Little Missouri.
Kokadrie has been sold five times at auction. She was most recently bought for $575,000 by John SykesÕ Cloverleaf Farm at the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by James Keogh, agent, she was in foal to Lion Heart.
ÒAt the time, Kodiak Kowboy was a champion 2-year-old in Canada, and obviously that was appeal; the family was active,Ó said Matt Lyons of Woodford Thoroughbreds near Versailles, Ky., where Kokadrie is kept. ÒWe were obviously hoping (Kodiak Kowboy) would go on to become a grade I winner, so whatÕs happened in the meantime is wonderful for us. WeÕve been excited to watch him run, and increase (KokadrieÕs) value.Ó
Kokadrie delivered a GiantÕs Causeway filly April 12 and is in foal to Indian Charlie on a May cover.
Posse is the sire of 10 stakes winners. Among his six added-money winners of 2009 is grade III victor No Advantage. Posse stood the 2009 season for $20,000 at Vinery.ÑE.M.
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