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The Swale: Barnmates stick out
by Handicappers ( / Globeform (
Last update: 2007-04-20 04:38:52 (First published: 2007-02-02 19:23:48 )

Gulfstream Park 3 Feb: Cowtown Cat, a visually impressive winner over course and distance here at Gulfstream in January, is the tepid favorite in a sub-standard-looking edition of The Swale (G2).

Stepping up in class, after toying with soft opposition in allowance company, he may have most to fear form his barnmate Storm Trust - who has raced just once, and won well, but that was back in November. The ex-English colt Forefathers also looks interesting.


Gulfstream Park 3 February 2007 – 6.5 furlongs turf

Runners ranked in order of handicapper’s preference.
Horses listed with sire / rider

4 – COWTOWN CAT (Distorted Humor) J Velazquez
7 – STORM TRUST (Storm Boot) C Decarlo
6 – FOREFATHERS (Gone West) R Cruz
2 – ADORE THE GOLD (Formal Gold) C Velasquez
5 – REATA’S ROCKET (Cane Canaveral) R Douglas
1 – GUNFIGHT (Fusaichi Pegasus) E Prado
3 – FIRST CAVALRY (Forest Camp) E Trujillo

Cowtown Cat was an easy winner of the 6.5-furlong allowance heat here in January, and he looks the one to beat - in what is a disappointing Swale field. Cowtown Cat may be a stakes horse though. He had last been seen when sixth (after a stumbling start) in the Nashua Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct in November, 12 ½ lengths behind Day Pass, who has since been sent to Dubai. Adore the Gold was fifth in the Nashua, just a couple of lengths in front on Cowtown Cat, and has since won a minor stakes at Laurel.

Cowtown Cat’s win here was gained in good style; he grabbed the race with half a furlong to go, and sprinted away to beat 57-1 shot Frosty Secret by 4 ¼ lengths. Gold Trippi, an ordinary maiden winner in the slop at Aqueduct in November, was third – and this may not have been the best of allowance races. That said, Cowtowns Cat’s late kick made him look pretty good.

Storm Dust, his barnmate, is also interesting, having scooted up on his only race to date, in a 5.5-furlong maiden at Aqueduct in November. Starting favorite, he was in the lead virtually all the way and beat a decent field by 6 ¼ lengths and more.

Forefathers looked nothing special in his only start in England last year (race has not thrown up any stakes class runner), but he has won nicely in his two starts for Nick Zito, both over 6 furlongs at Calder. He is quite well bred, and should stay a mile – on the worrying side is the fact that he was scratched several times as a juvenile.



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