Oldsmar, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Stakes winning colt Cool Cowboy is one of eight 3-year-olds entered for Saturday's $100,000 Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
The seven-furlong Pasco kicks off the track's Kentucky Derby preps. Following the Pasco will be the 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis on Feb. 1 which is the opening race of the Tampa Bay Downs Million Dollar Derby Bonus. The owners of any horse that wins the $250,000 Davis, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 8 and Kentucky Derby on May 3 will collect $1 million.
Cool Cowboy, trained by Dale Bennett for Savoy Stable, will start from the inside post with Edgar Perez again in the saddle. Perez has ridden the chestnut colt in four of five races, winning three.
On Dec. 7, Cool Cowboy won the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes at Tampa in 1:11.13 for six furlongs while setting the entire pace. The son of 2009 champion sprinter Kodiak Kowboy has earned $80,335.
Early Entry finished 3 1/2 lengths behind Cool Cowboy as the Inaugural runner- up after racing wide. The colt will start Saturday from post 4 with jockey Octavio Vergara Jr.
Early Entry will also be making his sixth start in the Pasco for owner Tommy Roberts Racing Stable and trainer Kathleen O'Connell. The chestnut colt has banked $45,420.
Trainer Tim Ice, who had 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, will start Mighty Brown in the Pasco. Owned by Tri-Star Racing and The Farm on 4, the chestnut colt will be ridden by Dean Butler from the outside post.
Mighty Brown broke his maiden at Tampa Bay on Dec. 7 after a sixth-place result in the $1 million Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs where he also was second in the Jean Lafitte Stakes on Oct. 26.
Mighty Brown, a son of 2008 champion 3-year-old Big Brown, finished second on Sept. 7 at Louisiana Downs in the Sunday Silence Stakes. The colt has earned $98,590 in eight starts.
From the rail out here is the field for the Pasco: Cool Cowboy, Edgar Perez; Three Quarter Roy, Abdiel Jaen; Addaquart, Erick Rodriguez; Early Entry, Octavio Vergara, Jr.; Harry's Holiday, Scott Spieth; Giancarlo, Elvis Trujillo; Black Label, Eduardo Nunez and Mighty Brown, Dean Butler.
Post-time for the 15th Pasco Stakes will be approximately 1:28 p.m. (ET).