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Kodiak Kowboy Wins US Gr1 Cigar Mile
Former 2007 Canadian champion 2YO male & now 4YO entire Kodiak Kowboy (Posse-Kokadrie, by Coronado's Quest) notched his 2nd consecutive US Gr1 triumph with a fast-finishing 0.75-length win in the US$300,000 Gr1 Hill n Dale Cigar Mile (8 furlongs) at Aqueduct in New York. Kodiak Kowboy (ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan for trainer Steve Asmussen) defeated French-bred 6YO gelding Bribon (Mark Of Esteem-Rowat Arazi, by Arazi) & Godolphin’s 3YO colt Vineyard Haven (Lido Palace-Princess Aloha, by Aloha Prospector). Kentucky-bred Kodial Kowboy (initially a US$40,000 weanling at the 2005 Keeneland November Sale & subsequently a US$70,000 yearling at the 2006 Ocala Breeders August Sale) took his record to 11 wins (also including last start’s October Gr1 Vosburgh Stakes over 6 furlongs at Belmont Park & April's Gr1 Carter Handicap over 7 furlongs at Aqueduct, plus 2008's Gr2 Amsterdam Stakes over 6.5 furlongs at Saratoga & Gr3 Sport Page Handicap over 7 furlongs at Belmont Park, as well as 2007's Gr2 Saratoga Special Stakes over 6.5 furlongs, Gr3 Bashford Manor Stakes over 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs & Canada's Listed Victoria Stakes over 5 furlongs at Woodbine) & 7 placings (including September's Gr1 Forego Stakes over 7 furlongs at Saratoga, August's Gr2 Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap over 6 furlongs at Saratoga & March's Listed Duncan Kenner Handicap over 6 furlongs at Fair Grounds, plus 2008's Gr1 Vosburgh Stakes over 6 furlongs at Belmont Park & Listed Derby Trial Stakes over 8 furlongs at Churchill Downs, as well as 2007's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile over 8.5 furlongs at Monmouth Park & Gr2 Futurity Stakes over 7 furlongs at Belmont Park) from 22 starts for US$1,663,363 earnings.