With a perfect six-for-six record in 2013 on the line, Ribo
Bobo takes a huge step up as he faces six rivals in Monday’s $75,000 Icecapade
Stakes at six furlongs.
great,” said trainer Jason Servis. “He
has lots of back class. He’s one of our
favorites. He shows up every time. He’s just one of those horses that puts
themselves in the race and goes when it’s time to go.”
dates back to Jan. 9 of this year when Servis took Ribo Bobo for $8,000 out of
claiming race at Gulfstream. He then won
for his new connections and was taken out of that race by another trainer. One race later Servis was back at the claim
box getting Ribo Bobo for $6,250 and he’s had him ever since.
“I won a
six-way shake to get him back,” Servis said.
“He was a stakes runner in the past and starting Monday I hope he’s a
stakes runner in the future.”
5-year-old gelding by Preakness winner Louis Quatorze from the Private Terms mare
Private Prom Party, Ribo Bobo was well regarded right from the onset, having
broken his maiden at second asking at Calder in 2010. Later that year he finished second to
Astrology in the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs and at one point was on
the Triple Crown trail when competing in the Holy Bull (G3) and Sam F. Davis Stakes
(G3). Monday’s Icecapade will mark his
first stakes start since the 2012 Sunshine Millions Sprint.
Gabriel Saez will be aboard Ribo Bobo for the first time on Monday when they
break from post five. The Icecapade goes
as race 10 on an 11-race Labor Day card.