David Flores, recently nominated for this year's prestigious George Woolf Award, has the call on Bob Black Jack in the 28th running of the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park on Saturday. Bob Black Jack, who established a world record of 1:06.53 for six furlongs at Santa Anita in January, returns to the races to face older horses at his record distance.
Bob Black Jack, a son of Stormy Jack, finished third in the San Felipe, then second to Colonel John in the Santa Anita Derby, earning a trip to the Kentucky Derby, where he set the pace before tiring to finish 16th. Trained by Jim Kasparoff for owners Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff, Bob Black Jack has won 3 of 8 starts for earnings of $442,925.
Flores was among five finalists for the 2009 Woolf Award announced by Santa Anita Park yesterday. He has long been regarded as one of Southern California's top jockeys and is known for a level temperament and coolness under fire. A native of Mexico, Flores won his first race at Agua Caliente racetrack on March 5, 1984. He has won more than 3,180 races including three Breeders' Cup races. Flores believes in giving back to his community and hosts his own golf tournament each summer at Del Mar to raise funds for the charity "Orphans of Tijuana."
Here's the complete field for Saturday's feature:
November 22, $100,000, 3yo & up, 6f, Hollywood Park, 3:35 PM PT
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer
1. Wiredfortwotwenty Greatness Joseph Talamo 116 Brian Koriner
2. Six Pack Abs Forest Wildcat Tyler Baze 118 John Sadler
3. Noble Court Doneraile Court Mike E. Smith 122 John Sadler
4. Master Daniel Broken Vow Rafael Bejarano 114 Doug O’Neill
5. Bob Black Jack Stormy Jack David Flores 122 James Kasparoff
6. Johnny Eves Skimming Garrett Gomez 122 Jay Robbins
7. Northern Soldier Yankee Victor Aaron Gryder 118 Brian Koriner