Cowboy Caper Delivers For New Stable
Fresh off the claim, Cowboy Caper debuted from the Justin Currie stable with a winning performance in Sunday's $10,500 Open Pace at Fraser Downs.
Cowboy Caper sat third for most of the mile in the 10th race feature before kicking home to earn his first win of the year with Travis Bowman aboard.
Even-money favourite Sterling Cooper (John Chappell) worked his way to the lead through a :26.3 opening quarter and overtook inside starter Gable Blue Chip (J.F. Gagne) in front of the grandstand with Cowboy Caper following in third. Sterling Cooper led the field past the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 while Lizard King (David Hudon) tipped out from fourth, but was unable to improve his position. Heading down the stretch, Sterling Cooper was swarmed from both sides by Gable Blue Chip, who took to the passing lane, and the rallying Cowboy Caper, who prevailed on the outside by one and a half lengths in 1:54 over the "good" track. Rock Allstar (Brandon Campbell) closed late from the backfield to steal second-place over Gable Blue Chip and Sterling Cooper.
Vancouver's John Evanson claimed the six-year-old gelding for $15,000 last Sunday. The son of Brandons Cowboy has won 20 races and $206,766 in his career.
Sent postward as the 3-1 second choice in the wagering, Cowboy Caper paid $8.80 to win.
Trainer Nicholas McLean celebrated his first career victory during Sunday's card courtesy of Marlin Hanover, with John Chappell aboard for one of his three winning drives. 'Marlin' won the fourth race for claiming pacers by one and three-quarter lengths over 13-year-old veteran Prime Time Bliss in 1:56.2.
To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Fraser Downs.