10/02/2009 11:00PM

Kodiak Kowboy collars Fabulous Strike


ELMONT, N.Y. - The connections of Kodiak Kowboy didn't come into Saturday's thinking of using it as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. But their horse gave them a few reasons to reconsider by running down Fabulous Strike in the final 70 yards to win the $400,000 Vosburgh by a half-length at rain-soaked Belmont Park.

Fabulous Strike, who took over from the pace-setting Go Go Shoot turning for home, finished second, 3 1/2 lengths clear of Munnings. It was eight lengths back to Go Go Shoot. Peace Chant was scratched.

The victory was the 10th from 21 starts for Kodiak Kowboy, who is owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm and Tom Ludt's Vinery Stables. He was trained for this race by Steve Asmussen.

Porter, who watched the race from his home in Delaware, said he and his partners considered scratching Kodiak Kowboy because "we weren't sure we could beat Fabulous Strike at three-quarters. We were thinking of skipping this and going to the De Francis" at Laurel Park on Oct. 24.

According to Porter, it was Asmussen who convinced him and Ludt to run because of how well the horse seemed to be doing. "Steve deserves all the credit for this one," Porter said.

Heavy rains began to fall as the horses came onto the track for the Vosburgh, turning the surface from fast to sloppy before the gates opened.

Ramon Dominguez, the jockey of Fabulous Strike, said his horse tried to break through the gate before it opened, but wasn't sure how much of an effect it had on his performance.

While Fabulous Strike broke alertly, it was Go Go Shoot who outsprinted him to the lead, running an opening quarter in 22.33 seconds. Fabulous Strike stalked Go Go Shoot through a half-mile in 45.38 seconds before striking the front turning for home.

Meanwhile, Shaun Bridgmohan had Kodiak Kowboy in last and biding his time. Turning for home he angled Kodiak Kowboy inside of Munnings, and though Fabulous Strike came out several paths in the stretch, Kodiak Kowboy kept running and collared Fabulous Strike late.

Kodiak Kowboy, a 4-year-old son of Posse, covered the six furlongs in 1:10.08 and returned $11.60 as the third choice in the field of four.