07/24/2014 10:34AM

DRF Plus Graded Stakes Analysis: Cougar II Stakes


It was about this time last year SOI PHET came into his own. The son of Tizbud was claimed for a mere $16K by Leonard Powell off a 5th-place finish at BHP May 23, 2013. He then won a starter allowance route there by 9 1/2 lengths June 30, 2013, easily won a Cal-bred optional claimer by 6 1/2 lengths over this track July 20, 2013, then gamely beat N1X foes here last Aug. 10 and won a tough $62,500/N2X optional claimer here last Sept. 1 for a fourth straight win. It was all enough to earn a shot at the Grade 1 Awesome Again at SA last Sept. 28.