2nd at 3MALIBU S.
(gr. I , 7f , to Bob Black Jack, defeating Georgie Boy, Colonel John, Guns On the Table, Nownownow, Golden Spikes ).
Bob Black Jack takes opening day, Dec. 26, at Santa Anita seriously. At the 2007 opener he set a track record of 1:20.37 in winning the California BreedersÕ Champion Stakes at seven furlongs. Exactly one year later on opening day, he captured his first graded stakes, the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
With his front-running, 21Ú4-length score in the Malibu for owners Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff, Bob Black Jack ended a 3-year-old season that had started with a world-record effort for six furlongs at Santa Anita in January. He won the restricted Sunshine Millions Dash Stakes in 1:06.53.
What helps make Bob Black JackÕs accomplishments seem even more remarkable is that the colt sold for just $4,500 as a short yearling.
A son of Stormy Jack, Bob Black Jack was bred in California by Gary and Marlene Howard in partnership with Bruce Dunmore. He was consigned as a yearling to the 2006 Barretts January mixed sale by the HowardsÕ Hideaway Farms, agent, and was bought by Robert A. Harabedian.
Much like Harabedian, the Howards and Dunmore did not pay much for Bob Black JackÕs dam, MollyÕs Prospector. The two parties purchased her for $3,000 at the 2003 Ruidoso November mixed sale from Double L Farms, agent.
The Howards and Dunmore did not have to go far to find a stallion to breed to MollyÕs Prospector in 2004. Stormy Jack stood at the time at Hideaway near San Jacinto, Calif. Bob Black Jack is Stormy JackÕs first stakes winner.
Stormy Jack raced as a homebred for Jack and Florence Arnold. The California-bred son of Eclipse Award winner and multiple California champion Bertrando made a name for himself by winning or placing in nine state-bred stakes. He also ran second in the Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III). His average winning distance in his eight wins was 6.81 miles.
Dunmore and Hideaway no longer own MollyÕs Prospector. Hideaway as agent consigned MollyÕs Prospector, in foal to Stormy Jack, to the 2006 Barretts October mixed sale, where she was bought by Dinesh Maniar for $1,200. The following year, MollyÕs Prospector produced a filly for Maniar. The filly, Stormy Victory, went through the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, but failed to reach her reserve and was bought back for $95,000.
Stormy Jack currently stands at John HarrisÕ Harris Farms near Coalinga, Calif. His 2009 fee is $2,500.ÑD.S
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