Our Bobby V. Gets a Chance in Santa Catalina

(from track report)
Bill Spawr has been high on Our Bobby V. since before the Washington-bred colt ever ran a race.

Obviously, the trainer was disappointed when the gray son of Majesterian finished eighth, beaten nearly 15 lengths, in his debut at Del Mar last Sept. 7.

But Our Bobby V. has registered two impressive victories since and will make his stakes debut at Santa Anita in Saturday's $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

Spawr knows why the colt performed as he did in his debut.

"His mind wasn't on business," Spawr said. "When he went to the gate, I knew we were in trouble, because he was playing with the pony, trying to get on top of the pony, like a kid playing. He came out of that race not really sick, but coughing a little bit, like he was getting a virus or something.

"But he's turned it around since then, winning two races, both very impressive. He's been very professional since he lost. He just woke up. He just thought he was a kid playing in a field."

Probable for the Santa Catalina: Domestic Dispute, David Flores; Our Bobby V., Laffit Pincay Jr.; Robledo, Julie Krone; and Scrimshaw, Alex Solis.