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Cowboy Cal (dk br colt, Giant’s Causeway x Texas Tammy, by Seeking the Gold)

Pin Oak Stud; $7,500

Cowboy Cal is a quite large horse, standing over considerable ground, and showing the scope and bone of a rugged performer. He proved to be that on the racetrack, winning seven races and getting black type 13 times from 19 starts.

In addition, he is by one of the most promising sires of young stallions in the world, Giant’s Causeway. Then also, Cowboy Cal is standing at a farm which does not make commerce the prime actor in their play. There is a role for sport and horsemanship and the horse, as well.

So, it is reasonable to expect that Cowboy Cal will get a fair trial in his bid to make a name for himself as a stallion, which is all that a horse in his price range can hope for these days in Kentucky.

Clearly a cut below the stars of his generation, Cowboy Cal nonetheless had the toughness and genuine athleticism to earn more than $1 million, and overall profile tends to make me believe he would have been even better suited to racing under European conditions than here in the States. If that is the case, then he may prove to be a somewhat better stallion prospect than his bare record suggests.

In addition to the exceptional class that his sire possesses and imparts in varying degrees, Cowboy Cal descends from a potent female family that has bloomed with racing performers in recent decades. This is the family of G1 winner Behrens and others.