Fear the Cowboy will be breaking new ground in his career when he runs next month at Mountaineer Park. It will be the first West Virginia start for the 5-year-old horse, who has spent most of the spring and summer at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La.
“He’s run at 11 different racetracks,” trainer Efren Loza Jr. said.
Loza said Fear the Cowboy is targeting the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes on Aug. 5. The horse is coming off a second-place finish by a head to Eagle in the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes on July 15 at Indiana Grand.
Loza sent Fear the Cowboy to Keeneland after the Schaefer because the travel time to Mountaineer will be much shorter than shipping back out of Louisiana. Fear the Cowboy ran second in last month’s $100,000 Evangeline Mile before the start in Indiana. He was beaten a half-length by Iron Fist, who in his next start won the Grade 3, $300,000 Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows.
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