Shotgun Kowboy Named Oklahoma Horse of the Year

The Horse of the Year trophy presented to Shotgun Kowboy (Photo by Denis Blake)

The TRAO and Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission honored the Oklahoma-bred Thoroughbred champions of 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa on May 20. Longtime racing broadcaster Chris Lincoln served as emcee of the event.

Horse of the Year honors, as well as the title of Champion Thoroughbred Racing Stock and 3-Year-Old Thoroughbred Colt/Gelding, went to Shotgun Kowboy. Bred, owned and trained by C.R. Trout, the gelding by Kodiak Kowboy was also named Horse of the Meet at Remington Park after capturing the Oklahoma Derby (G3) and Oklahoma Classics Cup Stakes.

Congratulations to all the champions listed below.

Horse of the Year, Thoroughbred Racing Stock and 3-Year-Old Thoroughbred Colt/Gelding: Shotgun Kowboy • Breeder/Owner: C.R. Trout

2-Year Old Thoroughbred Filly: Go No Go • Breeder/Owner: Forrest Hills Farm LLC

2-Year-Old Thoroughbred Colt/Gelding: Royal Lion • Breeder: John James Revocable Trust • Owner: 7 Cedars Farm

3-Year-Old Thoroughbred Filly: Zealous Vision • Breeder: Center Hills Farm • Owner: Center Hills Farm and Big Sugar Racing LLC

Female Sprinter: Okie Princess • Breeder: Raywood Farm and Pick Byrne • Owner: Clark Brewster

Male Sprinter and Aged Thoroughbred Stallion/Gelding: Okie Ride • Breeder/Owner: Richter Family Trust

Female Turf Runner and Aged Thoroughbred Mare: Zeta Zody • Breeder: Robert Zoellner • Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling

Male Turf Runner: Perfect to Please • Breeder: John and Barbara Smicklas Living Trusts • Owner: Elada Kirk

Thoroughbred Claimer of the Year: Hard Cider • Breeder: 7 Cedars Farm • Owner: Danny Keene

Thoroughbred Horse, Mixed Meets: Johnny Whip • Breeder: Robert Zoellner • Owner: George Straw

Thoroughbred Mare, Racing Stock: More Than Even • Breeder/Owner: Doyle Williams

Leading Owner of Thoroughbred Racing Stock: C.R. Trout

Leading Breeder of Thoroughbred Racing Stock: Center Hills Farm

Leading Sire of Thoroughbred Racing Stock: Omega Code

Leading Dam of Thoroughbred Racing Stock: The Penguin • Owner: Robert Zoellner