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Feb 14, 2023

Will I'm A Cowboy be up to the task?

Article By: Hal Lundgren

Will I'm A Cowboy be up to the task?

Trainer Danny Pish thinks that question deserves a "yes."

So Pish intends to run the 3-year-old gelding in Saturday's Jim's
Orbit Stakes. It's one of Sam Houston Park's five, $75,000
features that comprise Texas Preview Day.

The task for I'm A Cowboy will be racing well on only eight days of
rest. Thoroughbreds normally have their starts spaced weeks apart. He
ran second in an SHRP race on Feb. 10.

Pish said a horse's run-out after a race reveals something about the
animal's condition. I'm A Cowboy was full of pep after that race.

"The time right after he ran and during the next few days tells you a lot
about a horse's condition," Pish said. "He came out of the Feb. 10
race in good shape.

"It's not my habit to run horses on such short rest, but I think this
one can do it."

I'm A Cowboy has performed well against good competition. His last
three starts were in $100,000, $92,000 and $50,000 fields.

His career numbers are a first, a second and a third in six lifetime starts. Not
bad for a developing horse. Though all Thoroughbreds share a Jan. 1
birthday, I'm A Cowboy's actual third birthday won't be until March.

The Jim's Orbit field presents a touch of mystery. I'm A Cowboy defeated
Jim's Orbit opponents Hard Gold, Just Whiskey and My Favorite Song in the
Jan. 28 Groovy Stakes. However, all four horses had sub-par runs over a
muddy surface. There's no certainty about how any of the four will perform
on Saturday's anticipated dry, fast surface.

There's no mystery about another of Pish's Texas Preview Day runners.

Honor Given will bring her strong, local history into the 1 1/16-mile
Miss Bluebonnet Stakes. The 6-year-old mare has prospered on
SHRP's grass surface, posting two wins and a third in three
local starts. Her most recent outing here was a Jan. 27 win.

With a big grin, Pish said, "She definitely knows this course."