The Cowboy From Houston

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 15, 2008 in News, Other Events | No Comments >>

On Sunday at Keeneland, there was a good old fashioned shoot-out. The dueling cowboys would be: Cowboy Cal on a three race losing streak, and Seaspeak who was hitting all cylinders.

Cowboy Cal entered into the G-3 $150,000 Bryan Station not doing his best work. He once found himself in the Kentucky Derby, but is an incredible turf runner. On this day, they were traveling one mile over a beautiful turf course. Just as an added measure, he had the services of John Velasquez.

The other bandolero was Seaspeak. He was moving very nicely as of late, and had the services of Kent Desormeaux. He opened up at 20-1, and the line did not reflect his measure. He went off at 12-1, and looked like a nice price play.

Well, the stage has been set and all that was left was to run the race.  Recapping from the stretch to the wire: Cowboy Cal was sitting patiently chilly with a rock solid rider in the irons. His only chink was that he was sitting on a three race losing spell and it has been a little while since running on the green. At the top of the lane, he looked to be the runner to beat as he had wore down the pacesetter St. Joe.

With an 1/8th of a mile to run, Seaspeak is closing like his tail is on fire and runs right up to the throat latch of this classy beast to look him in the eye. They throw down to the roar of the crowd as Seaspeak begins to edge past. All the while he is closing past, he is weaving in and out down the lane.

After that long stretch of run and a head separating the top two, the stewards took down the number of Seaspeak.

Bob and Janice McNair own one horse, Cowboy Cal. McNair sold all of his runners; his Paris, Kentucky farm, and training center in Aiken, South Carolina. He wants to focus all of his attention on the Houston Texans.

Not a bad runner to keep in your barn. Oh, and by the way, the Texans beat the Miami Dolphins in another Texas shootout.