07/13/2006 12:00AM

Fair Meadows: 'Cowboy' ready now


Outlaw Cowboy has proved his versatility in regard to racing surface and running style, and that should serve him well when he takes on defending champ Herecomesthemannow in the $45,000 Route 66 at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Okla.

The 6 1/2-furlong race is for Oklahoma-breds and it drew a field of nine, including multiple stakes winner George Taylor.

Outlaw Cowboy is looking for his first stakes win. He will be moving back to dirt following a fourth-place finish on turf last out in a tough optional claimer at Lone Star Park. That race was his first start since Nov. 26, when he finished second in the $40,000 Governor's Cup on dirt at Remington Park.

Outlaw Cowboy has won seven races, with four of those wins on dirt and three on turf. His wins have come wire-to-wire and from a stalking position and he figures to be close to the pace Saturday. Trainer Roger Engel has given the mount to Mike Fretz.

Leading jockey Curtis Kimes rides Herecomesthemannow, who is 3 for 4 at Fair Meadows. The horse is returning to the statebred ranks off a stakes-placing for trainer Debbie Dyer.