By Dick Downey
Candy Boy has come out of his victory in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes well, and it looks like the Santa Anita Derby will be his next race.
Meanwhile Candy Boy's trainer, John Sadler, says if it wasn’t for bad luck, Kobe’s Back would have no luck at all.
In his three starts, the colt’s trouble lines read as follows: “Broke in air, slowly; Off slow, three-wide turn,” and “Clipped heels 1/2, weakened.”
Despite breaking in the air in his first start, the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park last June, Kobe’s Back won by 3 1/4 lengths. He was second to Shared Belief in the Hollywood Prevue and was virtually eliminated next out in the CashCall Futurity. but stewards who reviewed the matter concluded that he made his own trouble.
So Sadler hopes for a less eventful trip in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 16.
“In his second race, he was second-best, and in his third race, he clipped heels, so he’s had a couple of excuses,” Sadler said. “I’m anxious to get him started this week. He’s doing really well.”
San Vicente probables: Cherubim, Mike Smith; Grazen’s Hope, no rider; Indianapolis, Martin Garcia; Kobe’s Back, no rider; and Papa Turf, Joe Talamo.