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Kodiak Kowboy (bay horse, 2005, by Posse x Kokadrie, by Coronado’s Quest)

Vinery, $15,000

If there are any seasons left to Kodiak Kowboy, it just shows how times (and tastes) have changed in the last 24 months.

A good-looking horse with a neat, athletic profile, Kodiak Kowboy closed his career with a G1 victory in the Cigar Mile and would have been book full in a couple of days under the old program of commercial breeders glomming onto the fast first-year sires each season in Kentucky. From the comments of breeders, however, that approach seems to have faded seriously in the last year or so, and I would not be surprised if a few seasons to this son of leading juvenile sire Posse were still available.

That is no reflection on the quality of this typey bay, who has been a high-class racer since winning his maiden going four and a half furlongs at Churchill Downs. He then graduated to stakes and won the G3 Bashford Manor and G2 Saratoga Special before a third place in the G1 BC Juvenile.

Kodiak Kowboy improved on that with a pair trio of G1 victories (Carter, Vosburgh, and Cigar Mile) at 4 in 2009.  That not only earned him a place at stud in Kentucky but also a place among the final three choices for the Eclipse Awards as champion sprinter and champion older horse.

Standing 16 hands, Kodiak Kowboy is the type of stallion who should be of interest to breeders looking for some speed in their program. He has a very good hind leg, strong hindquarter — as expected from a sprinter-miler of his class — and stands over plenty of ground. The bay has good length through the body, medium bone, a good head, and a bold, clear eye.

Seen right off the racetrack, Kodiak Kowboy was tight and lean from his recent racing. His greyhound condition emphasized his rather long, high wither, but with the flesh he will put on in the coming months, Kodiak Kowboy will flesh out into a very appealing animal indeed.

On the track, he was notable for his light, fluent action. Allied with his balance and very good mechanics, he should be a good fit for many mares.