Photo: Benoit Photo
Kobe’s Back jumped into the Kentucky Derby 2014 picture with a visually impressive late running tally in Sunday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Kobe’s Back has looked like a late running sprinter since day one,
and that is what his breeding suggests as well. He finished a troubled
10th in his lone two turn try, the G1 CashCall Futurity, and
that productive race has produced three graded winners so far this year –
Kobe’s Back (San Vicente), Candy Boy (Robert Lewis), Tamarando (El
Camino Real Derby).
Kobe’s Back will get another shot at two turns in the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 15.
Tamarando rallied to take the G3 El Camino Real
Derby (91 BSF) on Feb. 15 for Jerry Hollendorfer. The hard knocking
CA-bred was making his 10th career start on Saturday. He has
now won four synthetic races, including the G1 Del Mar Futurity, but is
0-for-3 with three underneath finishes on conventional dirt.
Bayern totally freaked in an allowance route at Santa Anita on Feb. 13. He plastered his headcase stablemate Tap It Rich
by 15-lengths and earned a 98 BSF. Gary Stevens rode the son of Offlee
Wild for owner Kaleem Shah. He received a 92 BSF in his winning 7f debut
on Jan. 4 and is clearly fast and talented. The San Felipe on March 8
could be his next engagement.