WILLARD L. PROCTOR MEMORIAL S.,
$101,000, BHP, 6-15, 2yo, 5 1/2f (AWT), 1:05 2/5, ft.
1--+KOBE'S BACK, 115, c, 2, by Flatter1st Dam: Well, by Well Decorated2nd Dam: Faith Tested Raye, by Runaway Groom3rd Dam: Test of Faith, by Temperence Hill
($60,000 yrl '12 FTKOCT; $480,000 2yo ‘13 OBSMAR). O-C R K Stable; B-Joanne R Mummert (KY); T-John W Sadler; J-Rafael Bejarano. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $60,000. *1/2 to Well Spelled (Spellbinder), GSW, $347,260.
2--Willie B Awesome
, 120, c, 2, Awesome Gambler--Cause I'm Tricky, by Nineeleven. ($95,000 yrl '12 BESOCT). O-Michael Byrnes, Patsy London, Kretz Racing LLC & Terry C Lovingier. $20,000.
, 118, c, 2, Birdonthewire--G Ma, by Valid Wager. ($3,000 yrl '12 BESOCT). O-Gary & Cecil Barber & Stanford Stable. $12,000.
Margins: 3 1/4, NK, 2HF. Odds: 1.80, 8.40, 13.20.
Also Ran: One More, California Chrome, Time for a Hug, Go First, Street Icon, Geldautomat.
In the end, victory was a slam dunk. But for the first 4 1/2 furlongs of Saturday’s Willard Proctor Memorial S., CRK Racing’s Kobe’s Back looked anything but a winner, as he missed the start and trailed by double digits down the backside. The 9-5 chalk in his racetrack debut crept into contention as he hugged the rail around the turn, but had plenty of traffic to negotiate as they rounded into the lane. Only then did the steel-gray colt really get to serious running, as Rafael Bejarano was able to get him into the clear, and from there, Kobe’s Back did the rest, slingshotting past rivals for an impressive and highly promising score. A $60,000 FTKOCT yearling purchase, Kobe’s Back breezed an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5
and was knocked down to Lane’s End Bloodstock for $480,000, the fourth-highest price of this year's OBS March Sale. "We're Laker fans and I actually think Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest athletes ever," winning owner Lee Searing said. "I've been going for 17 years watching him play. We have all these 2-year-olds, so after Kobe got hurt, I said I know he’s coming back, so we came up with Kobe's Back. I don't know Kobe, but the bottom line is I’ve admired him every day he’s played basketball." Trainer John Sadler added, "He had shown a lot in the morning, so I wasn't overly concerned after the break. We never let him run in the morning, but we knew it was there. He showed it without having a fast oftlinework. I knew he'd be finishing. It was a little bit of a difficult decision to run him from the inside post. Usually when they're this expensive, you wait a little bit longer to start him, but he came out of the sale in good shape. We thought he was a real good horse when we bought him and he showed it today." Click for the brisnet.com chart or VIDEO.
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