Shotgun Kowboy Seeks Third Win in Oklahoma Classics Cup

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October 16th, 2018

Friday night is Oklahoma Classics night at Remington Park, which means an action-packed evening of high-quality racing featuring eight stakes races worth a combined $1,040,000. The highlight of the evening, at least in terms of purse value, is the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup, an 8.5-furlong event open to Oklahoma-bred runners aged three and older. The sixth of ten races on the card, post time is scheduled for 9:25 p.m. Central.

The field might be small with just five starters, but fans of Oklahoma racing won’t mind since the small field will mean less competition for the six-year-old veteran and fan favorite , who figures to start as the clear favorite.

Trained by C. R. Trout, Shotgun Kowboy has won a dozen races from 30 starts, but he doesn’t need to face fellow Oklahoma-breds to be competitive. The gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy first burst onto the national stage with a hard-fought victory in the 2015 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) at Remington Park, and he reiterated his graded stakes quality earlier this year when defeating the Grade 1 winner Mubtaahij in the Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) at Lone Star Park.

And of course, Shotgun Kowboy has been wildly successful against Oklahoma-breds as well, winning the Oklahoma Classics Cup in 2017 and 2015, as well as the Oklahoma Classics Juvenile Stakes in 2014. With career earnings of $1,267,501, Shotgun Kowboy is by far the most accomplished horse in the 2018 Oklahoma Classics Cup field, and his third-place effort against open company in the Governor’s Cup Stakes on September 30th—his first start off a four-month layoff—should serve as a perfect prep for Friday night.

Tuff Kid, runner-up behind Shotgun Kowboy in last year’s Oklahoma Classics Cup, is back as well and could hit the board again based off his solid third-place finish in an open allowance race at Remington Park last month. Rowdy the Warrior, who competed on the 2017 Kentucky Derby trail (most notably finishing third in the Smarty Jones Stakes), has been competing on turf as of late but has never finished out of the superfecta over the Remington Park main track and is another to consider.

The three-year-old Night Strike, who finished fourth in the 2017 Remington Springboard Mile Stakes at Remington Park, defeated Rowdy the Warrior in an allowance race for Oklahoma-breds last month and is the youngest runner in the race. Completing the field is Hyper Drive, who most recently came home seventh in the Red Earth Stakes over the Remington Park turf course.