Kobe's Back , a multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire sprinter and the first son of Flatter to stand in the Mid-Atlantic region, has arrived at Bonita Farm near Darlington, Md., to stand for the 2018 season. Property of C R K Stable, the 6-year-old gray will stand for $3,000 live foal stands and nurses.
One of the best performers for Flatter—whose runners in 2017 include grade 1-winning 3-year-old West Coast—Kobe's Back earned $1,116,595 from 26 starts. Based in California for Lee and Susan Searing's C R K Stable, with trainer John Sadler his first two seasons and Peter Eurton the remainder of his career, Kobe's Back competed exclusively in stakes company. A $480,000 Ocala Breeders Sales' March sale of 2-year-olds in training purchase in 2013 from Niall Brennan Stables, the colt captured the 5 1/2-furlong Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park in his debut three months later, defeating a field that included eventual two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome . Over five seasons, he accounted for five stakes wins and eight stakes placings.
Kobe's Back's first graded win was his first start at 3 in the San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park, winning by 5 1/4 lengths while completing seven furlongs in 1:21.84. At 4 he won the seven-furlong Commonwealth Stakes (G3) at Keeneland in 1:22.16, and recorded his best season at 5 with back-to-back scores in the Palos Verdes Stakes and San Carlos Stakes (both grade 2) at Santa Anita. His grade 1 placings included a second-place finish in the 2015 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes (G1), in which he rallied after trailing by more than 16 lengths to miss by a neck. He also finished third in that year's Bing Crosby Stakes (G1) and the 2016 Triple Bend Stakes (G1), with the latter won by Lord Nelson .