SHOTGUN KOWBOY BLASTS THE COMPETITION AND WINS THE GRADE 3, $200,000 LONE STAR PARK HANDICAP
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Sunday, May 27, 2018) –Owned and trained by C. R. Trout of Hammon, Oklahoma, Shotgun Kowboy (Kodiak Kowboy) held off top opponents Mubtaahij and Fear the Cowboy for the prize in the 22nd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap Sunday.
With the scratch of Full of Luck, who stayed in California to run in yesterday’s Santa Anita Gold Cup, it was just a field of four when the gates opened today. Though small in field size the competition was stellar. Shotgun Kowboy was on his game today. The 6-yr-old dark brown gelding was out like a shot for the gate-to-wire victory in the mile and a sixteenth race. Early fractions were 24.29 and 47.63. Final time was 1:44.84 on and fast track.
“I got him to break good, maintain, and keep him comfortable with what he wants to do,” said winning jockey Luis Quinonez. “I think I got a good path and was able to move right where I wanted to and control the race. I couldn’t thank C. R. enough, he does a great job.”
“This colt is easy to train and we just let him do his thing today and get where he wanted to be,” said winning owner/trainer C. R. Troutt. “I’m thankful to have Luis riding him, I couldn’t have asked for a better job and I’d like to thank my assistant Daniel Ortiz, who has done a wonderful job galloping in the morning. I appreciate Lone Star and the effort they did to put this on. We had a good field today and it feels good to win one of those.”
Favorite Mubtaahij, was asked leaving the gate, settling just off the pace. When asked in the stretch he wasn’t able to catch the leader, but was clear for second place. Fear the Cowboy raced near the rear, moved closer halfway down the backstretch, was 6-wide into the stretch under the whip, but weakened, but was able to hold for third. South Beach stalked the leader on the outside, drawing even in with three furlongs, but tired. Full of Luck was a scratch.
Mutuels for the winner paid $11.20; $3.00 and $2.00. Place paid $2.10 and $0.50. Show returned $2.00. There was no trifecta or Superfecta wagering on the race.
Shotgun Kowboy increased his career earnings to $1,246,326. This was his 12th win from 29 career starts.
Around the track
Jockey Richard Eramia continues to dominate the standings with 46 wins through Sunday. Iram Diego is second with 32 wins and Lindey Wade moved into third place with 17 wins.
Trainer Karl Broberg is holding a 10 win lead over Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen at 42-32 wins respectively. Bret Calhoun is in third place with 10 wins.
Live racing resumes next Friday, June 1. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. First race post time is 6:35 p.m.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and Global Gaming LSP. The track offers a 44-day 2018 Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 19 and concludes on Sunday, July 22. Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 2:35 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 5, May 19 & June 9 which have a 1:35 p.m. start) and Sundays at 2:35 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (April 19, May 24, June 21 & July 19). A special twilight program will be held at 5:00 p.m. both on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Lone Star Park is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot venue is open to the public 363 days a year.
Global Gaming Solutions, LLC (GGS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation with a primary business focus of pursuing entertainment, gaming and racing related opportunities in emerging jurisdictions in the United States and overseas as well as acquisition of regional gaming and entertainment assets. GGS LLC is the parent company of GG RP, which owns Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK and GG LSP, which owns a significant stake in Lone Star Park. GG LSP is the track operator who owns the license to operate Lone Star Park and leases the property from the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation.