01-10-2009, 09:40 PM
Front-running Cowboy Cal, one of the few horses that Robert and Janice McNair kept after they sold Stonerside Stable to Darley last year, nipped 28-1 shot Informed by a hard-fought nose to win the $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Saturday.Cowboy Cal drifted out under left-handed urging from jockey John Velazquez in the final sixteenth of a mile. Informed, who got rolling late on the far outside under Michael Baze, appeared to head his rival near the furlong pole. But Cowboy Cal, on the inside while floating out, gamely persevered under strong encouragement from Velazquez to post an exciting win.