10/11/2008 11:00PM

Cowboy Cal placed first in Bryan Station


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Cowboy Cal lost a tight photo but won the inquiry when awarded victory Sunday following a prolonged duel in the Grade 3, $150,000 Bryan Station Stakes at Keeneland.

Seaspeak, a 12-1 shot under Kent Desormeaux, outnodded Cowboy Cal by a head, but the Keeneland stewards judged Seaspeak to be guilty of interference after the two horses bumped during a fierce stretch drive.

Sent away the favorite in a field of 11 3-year-old turf runners, Cowboy Cal returned $5.60 to win. John Velazquez was aboard for owner-breeder Bob and Janice McNair and trainer Todd Pletcher. The Bryan Station was the first race for Cowboy Cal since he followed a runner-up finish in the Blue Grass at Keeneland with a ninth-place finish in the May 3 Kentucky Derby.

Deal Making, the 9-2 second choice, finished another 3 1/4 lengths back in third in the one-mile turf race, which was completed in 1:35.70 over firm going.

Earlier Sunday, Meribel ($3.80) broke an 11-race losing streaking when drawing clear to win a $57,565 turf allowance with Robby Albarado aboard.

In the race after the Bryan Station, the Super High Five finally was hit, returning $11,240.20 for a $1 wager after failing to be won during the first seven days of the fall meet. The winning combination was 8-4-11-10-3.

Meanwhile, the pick six went unhit again Sunday, leaving a carryover of nearly $40,000 when racing resumes Wednesday.