Agave Racing Stable and Hebert Bloodstock’s Bowies Hero made his intentions to contest the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GIT) in November well known Saturday with his impressive one-length score in the $102,760 Del Mar Juvenile Turf Championship. The bay son of Artie Schiller, who was ridden to victory by jockey Rafael Bejarano, is trained by Phil D’Amato.
Bowies Hero, who was purchased privately by Kathleen Hebert and Mark Martinez after winning a 7 ½-furlong turf sprint at Lone Star Park in mid-July by 5 ½ lengths, is now undefeated in his two starts and has earned $72,240. The final time for the one-mile Turf Championship distance was 1:36.40.
“When I saw the video of this horse when he broke his maiden at Lone Star I wanted this horse in the worst way and it worked all worked out.”
Bowies Hero paid $11.40, $5.40 and $3.80 at odds of 9-2. Favored Big Score was worth $3.40 and $2.60 at odds of nearly 5-2 and 4-1 chance Billy Big, who crossed the wire 6 ½ lengths back in third, returned $3.40. The $1 exacta was good for $19.60 and the $.50 trifecta $39.90.
Bowies Hero, who is out of the Sky Mesa mare Remembered, was bred in Kentucky by the partnership of Pope McLean, Pope McLean Jr. and Marc McLean. D’Amato said the colt will likely start in the Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita on October 10 before heading to the Breeders’ Cup.