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Friday, November 21, 2008


BOB BLACK JACK RETURNS IN VERNON O. UNDERWOOD


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 20, 2008) — World record-holder Bob Black Jack, who earned a trip to the Kentucky Derby with a second-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby, will return to the races when he faces older horses in Saturday’s $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood at Hollywood Park.

The son of Stormy Jack, who set the pace before tiring and finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby, established a world record of 1:06.53 for six furlongs at Santa Anita in January. He then finished third in the San Felipe and was the runner-up — beaten a half-length by Colonel John — in the Santa Anita Derby.


That effort earned the California-bred a ticket to Louisville along with owners Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff and trainer Jim Kasparoff. A winner of three of eight starts for earnings of $442,925, Bob Black Jack will return to six furlongs in the 28th running of the Underwood.

The Grade III event drew a field of six, which lines up as follows from the rail out:

Wiredfortwotwenty, with Joseph Talamo up, carries 116 pounds; Six Pack Abs, Tyler Baze, 118; Noble Court, Mike Smith, 122; Master Daniel, Rafael Bejarano, 114; Bob Black Jack, David Flores, 122; Johnny Eves, Garrett Gomez, 122, and Northern Soldier, Aaron Gryder, 118.

John Sadler, leading trainer at the meet, will saddle Noble Court and Six Pack Abs as he aims for a record third Underwood victory. He saddled Olympic Prospect and Frost Free to win consecutive runnings in 1989-90.

Noble Court, winner of the Grade II San Vicente in 2007, returned from a 13-month layoff to score a come-from-behind allowance win in October at Santa Anita. He has only missed the money once while winning four of eights starts.

Johnny Eves, winner of the Malibu last December, will try to snap a seven-race winless streak. Most recently, he finished second in the Cal Cup Sprint Handicap.

Northern Solder and Wiredfortwotwenty will each be saddled by Brian Koriner. Five-year-old Northern Soldier is the most accomplished of the two with five wins in 19 starts.

The Underwood will run as the seventh race on Saturday’s nine-race program at Hollywood Park. Post time is 12:30 p.m.


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