Consistent Cool Cowboy Headlines $85,000 Sophomore Sprint Championship
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Mon 10/11/2014 - 18:31 EST
On Tuesday at Mountaineer, the featured race on their Veteran’s Day card is the $85,000 Sophomore Sprint Championship. The six-furlong race has drawn a field of eight three-year-old colts and geldings.
Cool Cowboy has been installed as the morning line favorite at odds of 7-5 for trainer Dale Bennett. A $110,000 purchase by Savoy Stable as a weanling, the chestnut son of Kodiak Kowboy has been first or second in eight of his nine starts. As a juvenile, he won the Inaugural Stakes at Tampa and was last seen finishing second against allowance company at Keeneland. Eduardo Perez will be aboard from post five.
Graded stakes winner Debt Ceiling trying to return to form
Second choice at 5-2 on the morning line is Debt Ceiling for trainer John Robb. The three-year-old son of Discreet Cat is the lone graded stakes winner in the field and earned that win in the Bashford Manor (G3) as a Juvenile. He has four wins from eleven starts but has gone winless from four races this year. He was last seen finishing fourth against optional claiming company and will have Sheldon Russell in the irons.
Pick Three Punchie stepping up after claiming win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Pick Three Punchie for trainer Ingrid Mason. A bay son of El Corredor, he made his first start on conventional dirt last time out a winning one after competing on turf and synthetics in his prior four starts. He has won twice and will be making his first attempt against stakes competition. Rosemary Homeister, Jr., aboard for his first four starts, will be back in the irons from post four.
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