Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile H. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 8f ,)

KODIAK KOWBOY (B h, 120 lb) $180,000
Posse —Kokadrie , by Coronado's Quest
B—Hartwell Farm, KY.; O—Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Bribon (FR) (CH g, 119 lb) $60,000
Mark of Esteem (IRE) —Rowat Arazi (GB) , by Arazi
B—Darpat SL, FR.; O—Marc Keller; T—Robert Ribaudo

Vineyard Haven (GR/RO h, 118 lb) $30,000
Lido Palace (CHI) —Princess Aloha , by Aloha Prospector
B—Lynne M. Scace, FL.; O—Godolphin Racing LLC; T—Saeed bin Suroor

Margins: ¾, head, 3¾. Others: Vacation 114($15,000) , Pyro 120($9,000) , Driven by Success 115($6,000) . Winning Jockey, Shaun Bridgmohan.

Kodiak Kowboy closed out his career in grand fashion with a score in the Nov. 28 Hill ÔnÕ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct. The 4-year-old son of Posse will enter stud at Tom SimonÕs Vinery near Lexington. His credentials include a Canadian championship as a 2-year-old, 11 wins and seven placings from 23 starts, and earnings of $1,663,363.

Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Kodiak Kowboy got up to win the Cigar Mile by three-quarters of a length over Bribon, with Vineyard Haven, half of the favored entry with Pyro, finishing third.

Kodiak Kowboy, who raced for Vinery and Rick PorterÕs Fox Hill Farm, is a bona fide contender for champion sprinter. In addition to winning the Cigar Mile, he won three sprint stakes. He captured the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in October and the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct in April and the $200,000 Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park in June. He missed running in the Nov. 7 Sentient Jet BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita following a sub-par work and an endoscopic examination that revealed mucus.

ÒThatÕs three grade I (stakes) this year. We couldnÕt be happier,Ó said Vinery president Tom Ludt. ÒShaun rode a great race. HeÕs ridden him well as a 2-year-old and as a 4-year-old. This horse has been so good for us. HeÕs going home to be a dad.Ó

Kodiak Kowboy was bred in Kentucky by Robbie and Susie LyonsÕ Hartwell 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 had sold Kodiak Kowboy as a weanling to J.W. Singer for $40,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Kodiak KowboyÕs half-brother by Lion Heart went through the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale consigned by Woodford Thoroughbreds, agent for Cloverleaf Farms II. The colt did not reach his reserve and was bought back for $120,000.

Posse formerly stood at Vinery. He will stand in 2010 at Empire Stud near Hudson, N.Y. Posse has sired 10 stakes winners. His six added-money winners of 2009 also include No Advantage (gr. III). PosseÕs 2010 fee will be announced later.ÑD.S.