06/18/2014 11:29AM

Kodiak Kowboy to shuttle to Brazil


Champion Kodiak Kowboy will shuttle to Haras Bage do Sul in Brazil for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

The 9-year-old son of Posse stands the Northern Hemisphere season at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. for an advertised fee of $5,000. His first foals are 3-year-olds of this year, led by multiple stakes winner Cool Cowboy, and stakes-placed runners Tupancy Links, Sidearm, and Kowboy Boots.

“We are delighted to be working with Haras Bage do Sul on this exciting stallion,” said Darren Fox, stallion season director at WinStar Farm. “With his high number of individual winners and horses of the caliber of Cool Cowboy, it is evident that Kodiak Kowboy is a stallion on the move.”

Bred in Kentucky by Hartwell Farm, Kodiak Kowboy was a prominent sprinter during his three-year on-track career, winning 11 of 23 starts for earnings of $1,663,363. He was named Canada’s champion 2-year-old colt in 2007 with a campaign that included wins in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes, the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes and the listed Victoria Stakes in Canada, as well as a third-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Monmouth.

Two years later, Kodiak Kowboy earned the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter, with a trio of Grade 1 wins in the Vosburgh Stakes, Carter Handicap, and Cigar Mile.

The deal to shuttle Kodiak Kowboy to Brazil was brokered by Brazilian agency Turf Breeding Services and Kentucky-based Wynrose Equine.

“Kodiak Kowboy will have a tremendous impact in Brazil with the speed he will bring to his mares,” said Mario Marquez, director of Turf Breeding Services. “We have a strong market for sprinters down here, and Kodiak Kowboy represents the typical speed and precocity that American horses are known for. One extremely important factor for Brazilian breeders, and one of the main reasons we pursued the horse, is Kodiak Kowboy’s high percentage of winners to runners among first crop stallions in 2013.”