Carter H. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 7f ,)

KODIAK KOWBOY (B h, 118 lb) $180,000
Posse —Kokadrie , by Coronado's Quest
B—Hartwell Farm, KY.; O—Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm; T—J. Larry Jones

Fabulous Strike (DK B/ g, 123 lb) $60,000
Smart Strike —Fabulous Find , by Lost Code
B—Tea Party Stable, Inc., PA.; O—Walter Downey; T—Todd M. Beattie

Driven by Success (CH g, 114 lb) $30,000
Precise End —Afleet Closer , by Afleet
B—New Dawn Stud LLC, NY.; O—Repole Stable; T—Bruce N. Levine

Margins: head, 2, 1¼. Others: Biker Boy 115($15,000) , True Quality 118($9,000) , Ah Day 117($2,000) , Understatement 114($2,000) , Tale of Ekati 121($2,000) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.

Favored Kodiak KowboyÕs victory in the April 4 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct was his first in a grade I event, and it also made him a graded winner at all three of the tracks operated by the New York Racing Association. The 4-year-old colt scored in the 2007 Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) and in the 2008 Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, and he captured the Sport Page Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park in 2008. Outside of New York, Kodiak Kowboy won the 2007 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.

Robbie and Susie LyonsÕ Hartwell Farm bred Kodiak Kowboy in Kentucky. Hartwell, as agent, consigned the colt, as a weanling, to the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where J.W. Singer purchased him for $40,000. The following year Kodiak Kowboy was a member of the Burleson Farms consignment at the Ocala BreedersÕ Sales Co. August yearling sale, where Dr. Tom SimonÕs Vinery Stables purchased him for $70,000. Vinery races Kodiak Kowboy in partnership with Rick PorterÕs Fox Hill Farm. The two operations also campaign graded winner and Triple Crown nominee Friesan Fire in partnership.

Constance Black, the fourth dam of Kodiak Kowboy, won six of 48 career races before producing three stakes winners: Black Fleet, Double Your Fun, and Ja Aglo. Black Fleet (by Federal Hill) captured the 1966 Joliet Stakes and the 1967 Audley Handicap. Double Your Fun (by Double Jay) scored in a division of the 1972 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes. And Ja Aglo (by Jacinto) won the 1974 Westwood Stakes and the 1975 C.B. Afflerbaugh Memorial Stakes.

Win Nona, the third dam of Kodiak Kowboy, triumphed six times and finished third in a division of the 1978 Marlboro Nursery Stakes. She produced Little Missouri (by CoxÕs Ridge), who captured the Brooklyn (gr. I) and Stuyvesant (gr. II) Handicaps in 1986, and Winona B. (by Raised Socially), who won the 1990 Winona BreedersÕ Cup Handicap.

Grade II winner Posse is the sire of Kodiak Kowboy and six other added-money winners. Owned by a syndicate, Posse stands at the Vinery near Lexington for a live foal fee of $20,000. He is a 9-year-old son of Silver Deputy.ÐD.B.B.