Foaled & Raised Cowgirls Like Us Ropes Fourth Stakes Win

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Douglas Scharbauer's homebred Cowgirls Like Us showed her class in the $65,000 Two Altazano on February 23, giving trainer Bret Calhoun his fifth victory in the six-furlong stakes.

The daughter of My Golden Song is a full sister to last year's champion, Howboutthiscowgirl who was also bred by Scharbauer. Foaled and raised Kentucky at Hidden Brook Farm, she entered tonight's feature with more earnings and stakes experience than her rivals. Despite an earnest challenge from Golden Lullabye. the gray filly emerged on top, covering six furlongs in 1:12.40 over a fast track.

“It was a professional, workman-like effort,” said Calhoun via telephone following the race. “Six furlongs is a less than ideal distance for this filly; there was a little bit of a horse race down the lane, but she got the job done.”

DeShawn Parker, who is having an excellent meet at Sam Houston Race Park, rode the winner.

“Bret talked to me earlier today and told me to get her out of the gate as quickly as I could and keep her forwardly places,” said Parker. “When she broke that good, I figured with her class that she would kick on and she did!”

“Bret's a great guy and has given me many good opportunities,” added Parker, who missed the 2018 Sam Houston meet due to injuries. “I'd like to thank him for all he's done for me.”

Cowgirls Like Us earned $39,000 for the win, increasing her lifetime bankroll to $193,185. She has four wins from eight starts, all of them stakes victories.

Calhoun said he was unsure as to her next start, but will likely be looking for a two-turn stakes for the Kentucky-bred filly.

- edited from, Coady photo