SHOTGUN KOWBOY RETURNS TO FORM IN OKLAHOMA CLASSICS CUP

For Immediate Release
Friday, October 20, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – The $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup, powered by TVG, was the main event on Oklahoma Classics Night on Friday at Remington Park. The field of 10 included the last two winners of the race with the victor from two years ago romping like he did in 2015.

Shotgun Kowboy, the only Oklahoma-bred to win the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby and an Oklahoma Classics Cup, looked like he did in his 3-year-old year. Under Richard Eramia, he handled pressure on the lead, fended off rivals and then pulled clear as he pleased in his best overall effort since February. The 5-year-old gelding crossed the finish 5-1/4 lengths ahead of Tuff Kid who fired his big late rally to gain second. Royal Lion was third, another length back. Shotgun Kowboy handled the 1-1/16 miles in 1:43.2 over a fast track.

Away from the gate sharply, Shotgun Kowboy had plenty of company for the lead with six-time Cup participant Z Rockstar, Makin The Dough and Cash King all vying for a piece of the front . That prolonged battle continued until the field had reached the final turn. The group worked through quarter-mile fractions of :23.98 for the opening quarter, :47.83 for the half-mile and 1:11.75 for three-quarters of a mile. The company up front did not concern Eramia who rode Shotgun Kowboy for the first time.

“I wasn’t worried. Everything was good, he was training really good. He’s the best Okie-bred, I didn’t’ worry about it. He was ready for this race.”

Eramia’s confidence came through in Shotgun Kowboy’s performance as he pulled away to an open lead by as many as seven lengths in mid-stretch. Owned, trained and bred by C.R. Trout of Edmond, Okla., his stable star returned to the form he showed earlier this year in winning a pair of allowance events at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. He finished third in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap in Grand Prairie, Texas in May which turned out to be his final start due to a forced vacation.

“He had come up with some really sore feet so we had to back off of him because he just couldn’t train,” Trout said. “So we went to work on his feet and he was nursed back to health.”

The time off served Shotgun Kowboy well as he shined brightly on the big night for Oklahoma-breds at Remington Park. An evening the Trout operation has enjoyed with much success for many years.
“We are very lucky and very blessed to be here. Thank Remington for the great job that they do and all of the guys that run, we’ve all got great Oklahoma-bred horses.”

The heavy wagering favorite at 1-5 odds, Shotgun Kowboy did not disappoint his backers, paying $2.40 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Tuff Kid paid $8.60 to place and $5.20 to show. Royal Lion paid $7.40 to show.

The win is the ninth of 21 attempts in the career of Shotgun Kowboy, a gelding by Kodiak Kowboy from the Siphon (Brz) mare Shotgun Jane. He has won seven of his nine starts at Remington Park with his second Classics Cup making him $105,000 to bump his lifetime bankroll to $985,927.

The Classics Cup win is the fourth for Trout who also won with Imahit (2013 & 2014). Trout has now won 11 Oklahoma Classics stakes races in his career, good for a tie for second all-time among trainers. Donnie Von Hemel leads with 26 total Classics wins.

The Classics Cup win is the first for Eramia and his third overall win on Oklahoma Classics night.

Remington Park Thoroughbred racing continues Saturday, Oct. 21 with the first event at 7pm.

Tracked by over 132,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,500 Twitter followers,Remington Park has provided over $178 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Remington Park, home to the $1 million Oklahoma Classics night of racing for Oklahoma-breds on Friday, Oct. 20, is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino, located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.

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