Indiana Horse Racing Commission

Cyrus Alexander Wins Lone Star Handicap, Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy Second

Cyrus Alexander defeats Shotgun Kowboy to win the Lone Star Park Handicap (Photo by Mary Cage)

Cyrus Alexander defeats Shotgun Kowboy to win the Lone Star Park Handicap (Photo by Mary Cage)

Spendthrift Farm LLC & Stonestreet Stables LLC’s Cyrus Alexander, sent by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, won the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Park Handicap at Lone Star Park on Memorial Day. It was his first graded stakes win.

The winner stalked the pace, made a four wide bid at the quarter pole, dueled briefly with the favorite Shotgun Kowboy, and then drew clear to cross the wire two and a half lengths in front posting a final time of 1:43.12. Fractions set for the mile and sixteenth contest were 23.32, 45.90 and 1:10.24 over a main track listed as fast.

“When he broke I knew I had a lot of horse and I knew I had a little target,” said winning Jockey Martin Garcia. “I just followed the number one horse (Shotgun Kowboy) who was one of the favorites and when I found myself outside, I was pretty comfortable.”

Cyrus Alexander returned $6.00, $2.60 and $2.20 as the second betting choice. Shotgun Kowboy, the reigning Oklahoma-bred Horse of the Year, was up for place and returned $2.40 and $2.20. The son of Kodiak Kowboy has earned $684,744 for breeder, owner and trainer C.R. Trout.

Rocket Time finished third and returned $2.80. Spider’s Alibi, Supermason, Carve and F J Uncle Vic finished in that order.

This was the first stakes and first graded stakes win for the four-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro and out of Supercharger, a daughter of A. P. Indy. Adding the winner’s share of $119,000 purse money today, Cyrus Alexander has bankrolled a total of $299,205, and this marked his fourth win from 15 career starts.


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