(Injunction / All Photos by Coady Media)

From the Horseshoe Indianapolis Media Team /

Cowans hot as firecracker with a win from Injunction in

$100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial at Horseshoe Indianapolis

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (Saturday, July 6, 2024) — Talk about people who had a blast this July 4 weekend!

Trainer Doug Cowans won his fifth straight race and sixth win out of his past seven starts as the 6-year-old gelding Injunction captured the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial at Horseshoe Indianapolis by 1 1/4 lengths over Mr. Wireless in near track-record time.

On Friday, the Cowans-trained marathoner standout Next won the Grade 2 Brooklyn for the second year in a row in New York. That followed an allowance win on Independence Day at Ellis Park and two wins at Belterra Park on Wednesday.

Asked what he’s doing Sunday, Cowans said. “I’m going to take the day off tomorrow and enjoy the day after training.”

The Schaefer was Cowans and owner Michael Foster’s first race since claiming Injunction for $80,000 May 3 at Churchill Downs. Injunction won that allowance optional-claiming race in the slop that day.

“This wasn’t the idea originally. But as we went along, we got to liking the way the horse was doing,” Cowans said. “Thought it might be a good spot to run him. We didn’t want to lose him after getting a hold of the horse, so we decided to run him here and see what we could do. He beat a nice field of horses.”

With the speedy Five Star General breaking from the rail, jockey Edgar Morales dogged that pacesetter from his No. 2 post on Injunction as they steamed rolled through fractions of 22.55 for the first quarter-mile, 45.05 for the half, 1:08.96 for six furlong and 1:35 for the mile. With Mr. Wireless joining the fray, it was three across in mid-stretch before Injunction shook off his rivals, finishing the mile and 70 yards in 1:39.29. That just missed the track record of 1:39.25 set by Quite a Handful in 2011.

“They were rolling,” Morales said. “The plan was let the 1 go. But we knew if we let him go too easy, he gets brave on the lead. So, we had to put a little pressure on him. When I asked him, he gave me all he got. He dug in for us.”

Injunction returned $14 to win as the fifth choice in the field of six older horses.

Mr. Wireless, the 2022 Schaefer and 2021 Louisiana Derby winner, wore down Five Star General to take second by a half-length. War Campaign was a neck back in fourth, followed by Kupuna and Trademark.

Asked about claiming Injunction for $80,000, Cowans said he watches a lot of race replays, “and the horse caught my eye a couple of times. When I noticed him in for a ‘tag’ (claiming price), I went for the horse.”

He won the shake with one other person dropping a claim for Injunction.

If owner Michael Foster isn’t out yet on claiming Injunction, the $60,588 winner’s purse made a sizable dent.

“That’s OK,” Cowans said. “It’s a good start.”

Cowans acknowledged seeing the 1:08.96 split gave him pause. “That got me a little nervous,” he said. “But the horse continues to go on. I saw that in his replays. He will go on, even when he goes fast.”

The Kentucky-bred son of Skipshot won for the sixth time, with six seconds and two thirds, in 21 lifetime starts. He now has earned $619,933, including winning Ellis Park’s R.A. Cowboy Jones Stakes two years ago and taking second in Churchill Downs’ Ack Ack (G3) the same year.

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