by Mike Henry If you want to bring a smile to trainer Efren Loza, Jr.’s face on a day when he doesn’t win with both of his starters to improve to 10-for-18 at the meeting, mention Fear the Cowboy. The 6-year-old ridgling has earned $1,243,020 since Dec. 16, winning the Grade III, $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream; finishing fourth in the Grade I, $16.3-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream, an effort worth $1-million; and finishing third in bothRead More

Fear the Cowboy among the favorites in the $1.2M Charles Town Classic

By Horse Racing Nation Saturday’s Grade 2, $1.2 million Charles Town Classic brings together a field of veteran horses from the older male division. This is a group of runners that has won a total of 51 times from 171 career starts. They may not be the biggest names in racing, but they are certainly horses that know how to find the winner’s circle. The Classic is run at a mile and an eighth on the six-furlong Charles Town bullring dirt track.Read More

Fear the Cowboy hits the road again, this time to Mountaineer

By Mary Rampellini 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 offRead More

Look Into My Eyes takes the Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle

Efren Loza Jr. trainee Look Into My Eyes (City Zip – Burnished Miss by Wild Again) (15-8-3-1) $267,560 shines in the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle Stakes at Evangeline Racetrack. By Mary Rampellini Hernandez was back in the winner’s circle following the Mademoiselle, when Look Into My Eyes finished with good energy to win the 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares in a swift 1:03.04. “The main part was to break and get position,” Hernandez said. Look Into My Eyes ($11)Read More

Fear the Cowboy to start from rail in Evangeline Mile

By Mary Rampellini Fear the Cowboy drew the rail in a field of eight for the $100,000 Evangeline Mile on Saturday night. The race for 3-year-olds and up is the centerpiece of the meet at Evangeline Downs. Fear the Cowboy won the race a year ago and in March captured the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream. Jesus Rios has the mount for trainer Efren Loza Jr.   Read more on DRF Photo credits Coglianese Photos

Taco targets Prelude, then Super Derby

By Mary Rampellini Taco, who won the first four races of his career before finishing second in the Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita in his most recent start March 19, has a long-range goal of the Super Derby, trainer Efren Loza Jr. said Saturday. Taco recently resumed training following a freshening and could make his first start back in the $60,000 Prelude on Aug. 5 at Louisiana Downs. The Prelude is the local prep for the $200,000 Super Derby onRead More

Fear the Cowboy’s Florida form points him out in Sunland Park Handicap

By  Mary Rampellini The $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap has brought together an accomplished group of older horses, including Fear the Cowboy, Neck ‘n Neck, and Forest Mouse. The cast of 10 has won a collective 33 stakes races, including six graded events, and has earned more than $4 million. The Sunland Handicap, at 1 1/8 miles, is the final stakes of the meet, which closes Tuesday. It shares Sunday’s card with the $110,000 Copper Top Futurity for 2-year-olds bred inRead More

Fear the Cowboy to run in the Sunland Handicap

Multiple Stakes winner and recently graduated as a Graded Stakes winner Fear the Cowboy (Cowboy Cal – Whom Shall I Fear by Soto) will run in the $150,000 Sunland Park Handicap at Sunland Park on April 16th for Loza Racing. After his victory in the Skip Away Stakes (G3), trainer Efren Loza Jr. shipped Fear the Cowboy to New Mexico and horse is already galloping at Sunland Park racetrack. “He’s a very talented horse. Very easy to move around. FearRead More

Fear the Cowboy Takes Skip Away in Late Drive

March 25, 2017 Horse Racing, Loza Racing, News

By Erin Shea Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centrofanti’s Fear the Cowboy pulled a mild upset when he ran by even-money favorite Zulu and frontrunner Flashy Jewel in the stretch to win the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 25. Watch Video The three-length win under jockey Jesus Rios was the multiple stakes winner’s first graded attempt in 20 starts. In the 1 1/8 mile test for older horses over a fast main track, Flashy Jewel and jockeyRead More

Taco Remains Undefeated

By Mary Rampellini Taco ($3.40) remained undefeated in four career starts when he pushed past pacesetter Tiz a Melody in the $50,000 Texas Heritage for 3-year-olds. Taco covered 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:45.67. Jesus Rios was aboard for trainer Efren Loza Jr. Taco is a son of Gio Ponti and the Group 1-winning mare That’s Life. He races for Kathleen Amaya, Raffaele Centofanti, and Daniel Alonso. Taco was making his stakes debut Saturday. Partly Mocha ($3.60) wasRead More