By Marcus Hersh
Fear the Cowboy was nipped on the wire after taking a midstretch lead three weeks ago in the $100,000 Schaefer Memorial Stakes at Indiana Grand, but Saturday at Mountaineer Casino and Resort he held firm in the $200,000 West Virginia Governor’s Cup beating Iron Fist by two lengths.
Iron Fist, who had tracked the pace winning the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker in his last start, fell far behind fractions of 23.96 and 48.24 set by Red Dragon Tattoo, who was chased by 5-2 favorite Matt King Coal, but finished well to be a defined second, well clear of Matt King Coal in third. Outrun for the early lead, Matt King Coal pressed and pounced, taking the lead after six furlongs in 1:12.33, but he came up fairly empty the final furlong.
Fear the Cowboy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.62 and paid $18.80 to win.
Photo credits Coady Photography