Favorite Big John B Captures Friday Feature

Friday, August 23, 2013

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Marco Thoroughbred Corp.’s Big John B angled off the inside turning for home before pushing past S S Skittles in the late stages to capture the $44,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Friday by a length and a half.

            Trained by Bobby Dibona and ridden by Joe Bravo, Big John B covered the mile over “good” turf in 1:37 flat and returned $4.20, $3 and $2.10 as the favorite in the field of seven colts and geldings.  S S Skittles completed the $41.60 exacta and paid $9.20 to place and $3.80 to show.  It was another ¾ of a length back to Sharp Omar, who paid $2.40 to show.

            A 4-year-old gelding by Hard Spun from the Doneraile Court mare Baldomera, Big John B has won four races this year and sports a lifetime record of 5-4-3 from 17 starts.

            Live racing continues at Monmouth Park on Saturday, August 24 – gates open 11 a.m., first post 12:50 p.m.  Monmouth will simulcast the full Travers Day card from Saratoga, featuring Haskell winner Verrazano, which gets underway at 11:35 a.m.