Bob and John in Sharp Drill for Belmont Stakes

Bob and John in Sharp Drill for Belmont Stakes
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Sham winner Bob and John
Stonerside Stable's Bob and John, winner of the Wood Memorial (gr. I), turned in a sharp work at Santa Anita Wednesday in preparation for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Clockers timed the colt six furlongs in 1:12 1/5, but trainer Bob Baffert said he went seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5.

"The track was really dead today, so this was a very good work," Baffert said. "He was supposed to break off with a workmate, but she got the jump on him and opened up eight lengths. He caught her at the sixteenth pole and went right on by. He came home real strong and got a lot out of the work. That's now two good works in a row for him.

"The mile and a half will suit his running style, and he's bred to get the distance. The Kentucky Derby (Presented by Yum! Brands-gr. I) was a disaster. Garrett (Gomez) wasn't aggressive enough early, and they put the squeeze on him. That race was a throw-out."

Bob and John finished 17th in the Derby. The Equibase comments read: "Bumped at the start by Showing Up, then steadied soon after and bumped again when Barbaro leaned in..."

With Gomez, who will again ride the son of Seeking the Gold in the Belmont, currently in New York, Victor Espinoza was aboard for the work.

Baffert said Bob and John will ship to Belmont Park next Wednesday, and he plans on arriving the same day.

Baffert has won the Belmont with Point Given in 2001, and was narrowly beaten with Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in '98, when both colts were attempting to sweep the Triple Crown.

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