Field shaping up for Pasco Stakes

Updated: December 27, 2013

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
banked $45,420.

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.