Six fur­longs may suit Kow­boy Karma

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Larry Jones hoped to hit the jackpot with the 2-year-old colt Kow­boy Karma. The $100,000 James F. Lewis Stakes on Satur­day at Laurel will have to do.

Kow­boy Karma will be fa­vored to beat five foes in the Lewis, but would’ve been rac­ing this month at Delta Downs in the $1 mil­lion Jackpot had Hur­ri­cane Har­vey not led Delta to can­cel its open stakes races this sea­son.

Jones thought the tight turns and short stretch of Delta’s bull­ring rac­ing oval would suit Kow­boy Karma, a son of Ko­diak Kow­boy who might not be a true route horse.

“His daddy was a Grade 1 win­ner go­ing a mile and placed in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile, but I think this horse could be a bet­ter sprinter,” said Jones, who trained Ko­diak Kow­boy, and who bred and owns Kow­boy Karma with his wife, Cindy. “He ac­tu­ally re­minds me a lot of his daddy.”

Kow­boy Karma has started once over the Lewis’s six-fur­long dis­tance, win­ning his de­but at Delaware Park by more than 12 lengths. He won a mi­nor Delaware Stakes over 5 1/2 fur­longs in Au­gust, went on to fin­ish a troubled sec­ond go­ing a twoturn mile in the Sept. 2 Sapling at Mon­mouth, and then ran his best race when fourth of 12 in the Grade 1 Cham­pagne, a one-turn mile at Bel­mont. Kow­boy Karma broke from the rail in the Cham­pagne, had a some­what troubled trip, and was beaten only three lengths by run­ner-up Good Magic, who re­turned with a smash­ing win in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile.

“It looks like we might have hooked a pretty good horse last time,” said Jones. “He came out of that race re­ally good.”

Lewis Stakes en­trant A Dif­fer­ent Style was a sharp Parx Rac­ing maiden win­ner last out, but Barry Lee looks like Kow­boy Karma’s main com­pe­ti­tion. Barry Lee won the Ar­ling­tonWash­ing­ton Fu­tu­rity on Poly­track two starts ago and, rac­ing for the first time in blink­ers, was sec­ond Oct. 14 in the Grade 3 Fu­tu­rity at Bel­mont.

“These past two works he’s just been do­ing it in hand,” said trainer Ho­ra­cio de Paz. “They’re prob­a­bly the best works he’s had.”

Huge field in Smart Halo

Take Charge Paula is ex­it­ing a cou­ple graded of stakes in the $100,000 Smart Halo for 2-yearold fil­lies, but Je­hoza­cat could be the horse to play on Satur­day.

Take Charge Paula is the 3-1 morn­ing-line favorite in the six-fur­long Smart Halo, a race in which prices should abound since 13 horses were en­tered. Trained by Kelly Breen, Take Charge Paula won her first two starts this sum­mer, didn’t stay at all when stretched to two turns in the Poc­a­hon­tas at Churchill, and was sec­ond last out in the Grade 3 Ma­tron sprint on Oct. 15 at Bel­mont.

Je­hoza­cat stum­bled at the start in a stakes flop two races back, and was sharp wear­ing blink­ers last time, a sec­ond­place fin­ish at Keeneland in a first-level al­lowance.

“I love the fact we’re com­ing back from seven fur­longs to six,” said trainer Ar­naud Dela­cour. “She was much more pro­fes­sional last out with blink­ers.”

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