Trainer Jim Kasparoff is looking forward to the grass debut
of Grade I stakes winner Bob Black Jack in the $250,000 Citation Handicap, a
Grade II test at 1 1/16 miles on Saturday.
“His sire, Stormy Jack, won the Oceanside on the turf, and
his sire’s dam, Native Prospector, was a grass horse in Great Britain,” said
Kasparoff. “His stride is conducive to turf. He has never worked or trained on
turf, but he will be fine.”
Bob Black Jack, won the Grade I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita
in 2008, one of five victories in 12 starts. The 6-year-old horse went to the
sidelines for more than a year, returned to win the 2010 San Carlos Handicap at
Santa Anita, then went to the sidelines for another 17 months before finishing
second in California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on October 29.
“The California Cup was a good prep,” said Kasparoff after
the long layoff because of suspensory injury. “We all know he can go long. It
took a good horse to beat him in the Santa Anita Derby, Colonel John.
“I think we’re going to be on the lead in the Citation, but
he can rate if we need to,” said Kasparoff. Bob Black Jack worked five furlongs
on Cushion Track in 59.80 Saturday. David Flores has the call.
Other probable starters include Jeranimo (Garrett Gomez),
John Johny Jak (Victor Espinoza), Make Music for Me (Chantal Sutherland), War
Element (Joel Rosario), Assessment (Daniel Vergara) and Leroy’s Dynameaux
Oak Tree Mile winner Jeranimo breezed four furlongs on
Cushion Track in 51.40 Sunday, while Lure Stakes winner John Johny Jak drilled
five furlongs in 1:01.40. On turf, Make Music for Me worked five furlongs in
1:02.20, while Assessment worked six furlongs in 1:15.40.