HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Even though Mr. Amore Stable’s Ribo Bobo looked to be the class of the field in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Express, trainer Jason Servis admitted to some pre-race butterflies.
“I’m always nervous,” Servis admitted. “I’ve run a lot of horses in a lot of big races, but I really like this horse. I really wanted to win it.”
Servis needn’t have worried. Bet down to 1-2, Ribo Bobo made that price look like an overlay as he cruised around the track en route to a 2 ½-length success. The 5-year-old raced on a long hold from jockey Paco Lopez and, even though he drifted out turning for home, the result was never in doubt.
“Man, I tell you, he’s been great,” Servis added. “I felt good after he got on the lead. I’m very excited to win here.”
Never Stop Looking stumbled at the start, but made up ground late to complete the $12.20 exacta.
Ribo Bobo was claimed in three straight starts last winter at Gulfstream while launching a nine-race winning streak. That skein came to an end just 10 days ago under the lights at Penn National when the 5-year-old was beaten a half-length by the classy Ben’s Cat in the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap.
Servis suggested that Ribo Bobo simply started loafing despite posting a half-mile split of :44.94, and Lopez echoed that sentiment.
"Our last race we got beat by a really nice horse, and Ribo was scared a little on the inside rail,” Lopez offered. “Today there were not as many horses and we made the lead easy. We went outside a little because he was looking for the other horses.”
Ribo Bobo’s claiming days are behind him for now. The son of Louis Quatorze was bred in Florida by Rapputi Stables LLC, which makes him eligible for the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint, which will be run over six furlongs at Gulfstream on January 18.
“I think we’ve got to look at the Sunshine Millions,” Servis said. “Maybe another stakes, but I do think he’s that type of horse.”
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