Freshman sire Kobe’s Back was represented by his first winner when Heat Merchant closed relentlessly to get up for a three-quarter-length score in a six-furlong maiden special weight over Woodbine’s all-weather surface on Sunday, Aug. 15.

Heat Merchant at Woodbine Racetrack. Photo courtesy of Michael Burns. copyThe 5-2 favorite in the field of 11, Heat Merchant came in having just missed by a nose in his previous start July 18 when racing farther back off the pace going a half-furlong shorter. The win increased his earnings to $47,669 in three starts. Bred by CRK Stable, he races for Mary Ellen Biamonte, who purchased the gray/roan gelding for $4,500 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, and is trained by Ralph J. Biamonte.

Kobe’s Back drew attention as a freshman sire earlier this year when his son Paper Mirror sold for $375,000 at the OBS April 2-year-olds in training sale. He has 16 foals of racing age in his first crop.

A multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter of $1,116,595, Kobe’s Back competed exclusively in stakes in 26 starts over a five-year campaign. Based in California for Lee and Susan Searing’s CRK Stable, the gray broke his maiden first time out at 2 in the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park, against a field that included California Chrome.

He won Santa Anita’s San Vicente Stakes-G3 at 3, Keeneland’s Commonwealth Stakes-G3 at 4, and recorded his best season at 5 with back-to-back scores in the Palos Verdes and San Carlos, both Grade 2 stakes at Santa Anita. His Grade 1 placings were a second in the 6-furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes-G1, in which he rallied after trailing by more than 16 lengths to miss by a neck, and thirds in the Bing Crosby and Triple Bend.

A son of Flatter out of the Well Decorated mare Well, Kobe’s Back is a half-brother to graded stakes-winning sprinter Well Spelled from the family of graded stakes winner and sire Notation.

The 10-year-old stallion stands at Bonita Farm in Darlington for $3,000 live foal.

More News

Mama G’s Wish makes it happen in Lewes Stakes

No Guts No Glory Farm’s homebred Mama G’s Wish ran her heart out in the final strides of the $50,000 Lewes Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at Delaware Park on Wednesday, June 22, to secure her first stakes win.

Read more ...

Halfinthewrapper a back-to-back stakes winner in Canada

Lets Dance Stable’s Halfinthewrapper came out swinging in the La Varendrye Stakes ($35,750-guaranteed Canadian) for fillies and mares, 3 & up, leading gate-to-wire to win by three-quarters of a length Wednesday, June 22 at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Canada.

Read more ...

Fille d’Esprit much the best in Susquehanna Valley Stakes

C J I Phoenix Group and No Guts No Glory Farm’s Fille d’Esprit came out swinging, pulling away easily down the stretch to win the $100,000 Susquehanna Valley Stakes, for fillies and mares, 3 & up, by two and a quarter lengths at Penn National on Friday, June 17.

Read more ...