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Field shaping up for Pasco Stakes
Oldsmar, FL (Sports Network) – The field for the first of Tampa Bay Downs’
stakes for 3-year-olds of 2014 is coming together as 16 have been nominated
for the $100,000 Pasco Stakes on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The first two under the wire in the Inaugural Stakes, Cool Cowboy and Early
Entry, have been nominated along with stakes-placed Mighty Brown.
The seven-furlong Pasco kicks off the track’s Kentucky Derby preps. Following
the Pasco will be the 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis and the opening race of the
Tampa Bay Downs Million Dollar Derby Bonus. The owners of any horse that wins
the Sam F. Davis, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 8 and Kentucky Derby on
May 3 will collect $1 million.
Cool Cowboy, trained by Dale Bennett for Savoy Stable, has won three of his
five starts with a second in his debut start and a fourth in an allowance race
at Keeneland. He won the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes in 1:11.13 for six furlongs
while setting the entire pace. The son of 2009 champion sprinter Kodiak Kowboy
has earned $80,335.
Early Entry finished 3 1/2 lengths behind Cool Cowboy as the Inaugural runner-
up after racing wide, but steadily gaining down the stretch to finish two
lengths ahead of the third-place horse.
Early Entry will also be making his sixth start in the Pasco for owner Tommy
Roberts Racing Stable and trainer Kathleen O’Connell. The chestnut colt has
Trainer Tim Ice, who had 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, has nominated
Mighty Brown for the Pasco. Owned by Tri-Star Racing and The Farm on 4, the
chestnut colt broke his maiden at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 7 after a sixth-
place result in the $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs where he was
second in the Jean Lafitte Stakes.
Mighty Brown, a son of 2008 champion 3-year-old Big Brown, finished second on
Sept. 7 at Louisiana Downs in the Sunday Silence Stakes. The colt has earned
$98,590 in eight starts.
Trainer Wayne Catalano trains Rope a Dope for Gary and Mary West. The colt won
in his first start at Kentucky Downs on turf in September with jockey Rosie
Napravnik. On Oct. 20 Napravnik guided Rope a Dope to fourth in an allowance
race at Keeneland as the 2-1 favorite. The colt won his last start on Dec. 14
at Gulfstream Park with Corey Lanerie riding. Rope a Dope has earned $83,000
in his three starts with two wins.
Post positions for the Pasco will be drawn Wednesday, Jan. 1.