Under a perfectly timed ride from Florent Geroux, Cowboy Culture split horses with a furlong to run en route to a length and a half victory in the $200,000 Centaur S. on the Indiana Downs turf course on Wednesday.
The victory was the third stakes wins for the 3-year-old co-owned by Cheyenne Stables and Head of Plains Partners LLC. The colt’s overall record now stands at 5-0-0 in seven starts, with earnings of $266,980.
Winner of the May 27 Arlington Classic (G3) in his last start before Wednesday, win, Cowboy Culture broke from the inside post and settled at the back of the eight-horse field through the first half-mile. He began to make up ground on the turn, then had to wait for an opening after straightening for the stretch drive. Geroux saw his chance with about a furlong to run, and sent his mount through the gap and on to victory (VIDEO).
The final time for the mile on the firm turf was 1:36.41.
“He ran them down like a good horse,” said Ricky Giannini, assistant to trainer Brad Cox. “A good turf horse knows how to explode when the openings are there.”
As far as Cowboy Culture’s next start, Giannini said, “He is a horse that does well with time in between races. He is continuing to mature a lot and we hope we can find another race at least four weeks apart. But we just take it one race at a time. There are a couple of races in Kentucky (at Keeneland and Churchill Downs) coming up this fall. We will let him tell us where he wants to go.”