Oklahoma-bred Shotgun Kowboy Aiming for Razorback at Oaklawn

Shotgun Kowboy (Photo by Dustin Orona Photography)

Multiple stakes winner Shotgun Kowboy will be pointed for the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses Feb. 20 following his comeback victory, C.R. Trout, 5-year-old gelding’s breeder, owner and trainer, said Saturday morning.

Shotgun Kowboy surpassed $800,000 in career earnings with a front-running neck victory in Friday’s seventh race, a conditioned allowance/optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles.

“He’s a nice colt,” Trout said.

Shotgun Kowboy, a 5-year-old gelded son of sprint champion Kodiak Kowboy, snapped a seven-race losing streak Friday, although he had run second in his previous four starts, notably the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (G3) July 2 at Prairie Meadows.

Shotgun Kowboy hadn’t started since an Aug. 13 grass race at Remington Park.

“He had a little bone soreness,” Trout said. “Just required some time off, but that was all. Just needed some R and R.”

The victory was Shotgun Kowboy’s seventh in 16 lifetime starts. His biggest career score came in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) in 2015 at Remington Park.

Shotgun Kowboy ran fourth, beaten two lengths by Upstart, in last year’s Razorback.

Also pointing for the 1 1/16-mile Razorback is Smack Smack, who beat Shotgun Kowboy by a neck in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap. Smack Smack finished second in Oaklawn’s first major two-turn race for older horses, the $125,000 Fifth Season Stakes Jan. 13, for trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs.

Fifth Season winner Domain’s Rap is under consideration for the Razorback, owner Danny Caldwell said.

From Oaklawn news release