12/18/2017 11:00AM

Fear the Cowboy puts feather in sire Cowboy Cal's cap

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Kenny Martin
Fear the Cowboy wins the Harlan's Holiday on Saturday at Gulfstream.

Fear the Cowboy won the Grade 3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park to put his name into consideration for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup. In the process, he didn’t just earn the highest Beyer Speed Figure of his career, or the top number among this past weekend’s stakes runners – he earned the top figure of sire Cowboy Cal’s career.

Fear the Cowboy posted a Beyer of 105 for his 2 1/4-length victory. Cowboy Cal, who now stands in Korea, is represented by five runners who have turned in Beyer Speed Figures of 90 or higher this season, for a total of 15 figures to reach that benchmark. According to Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings, 5 percent of his runners have met or exceeded 90 this season. Among stallions with 100 or more starters, that figure matches accomplished sires such as Pioneerof the Nile, and is higher than a group including Awesome Again and Into Mischief.

Fear the Cowboy, already a multiple stakes winner, has powered his sire by enjoying the best season of his career as a 5-year-old. He owns wins in the Harlan’s Holiday and the Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes, both at Pegasus host track Gulfstream. He won the West Virginia Governor’s Stakes at Mountaineer and placed in four other stakes at four tracks.

“[The Pegasus World Cup] is a tough race, but we are open to probably taking a chance, because on this track he runs well,” trainer Efren Loza Jr., said. “He’s an amazing horse. He’s traveled a lot these years.”

Fear the Cowboy was bred by the University of Kentucky’s equine program at Maine Chance Farm, and was sold by the program for $1,500 as a short yearling at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton February mixed sale.