Ribo Bobo Seeks to Extend Winning Ways in Sunday’s Caixa Eletronica
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mr. Amore Stable’s Ribo Bobo is scheduled to seek his third stakes victory during Gulfstream Park’s Champions Meet and the 12th triumph in his last 13 starts in Sunday’s $75,000 Caixa Eletronica Stakes.
The 6-year-old gelding started his amazing run at Gulfstream on Jan. 9, 2013, when he was claimed away from trainer Jason Servis for $8000 out of a winning effort. Two victories later, Servis brought him back into his barn for $6,250, and Ribo Bobo hasn’t run for a claiming price since while rattling off another eight wins in nine starts. His two most recent trips to the winner’s circle came following victories in the $110,000 Claiming Crown Express on Dec. 7 and the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint on Jan. 19.
“He’s doing really good. We’re really happy with him,” said Servis, whose gelding’s only loss last year came in a photo-finish loss to fellow win-machine Ben’s Cat in the $250,000 Fabulous Strike at Penn National on Nov. 27.
Ribo Bobo’s ability to maintain his winning edge for more than a year is quite remarkable.
“Believe it or not, he’s not an easy horse to train, but he’s an easy horse to be around,” Servis said. “I don’t do too much with him. I kind of stay out of his way, gallop him, do a little slow breeze, and that’s it, lead him over. As far as keeping him sweet and stuff, it’s not that hard. Give him a day off now and then and keep him happy.”
Ribo Bobo’s victories have come at 5 ½ furlongs or at the Caixa Eletronica’s distance of 6 furlongs. His string of successes has helped Servis resist the temptation to run him at longer distances.
“I really think he’ll run long. He won a stake long as a 2-year-old,” Servis said. “If he keeps running like he is, I’ll probably keep him sprinting. But at some point, if I could just run him long and he ran good, it would open up a lot of doors for us.”
Ribo Bobo, who drew the rail post position, is expected to be heavily favored in a field of six sprinters. Dad’z Laugh will enter the Caixa Eletronica off sharp recent form, including a close second-place finish behind up-and-coming Happy My Way in a Feb. 20 allowance at Gulfstream.
Hardened Wildcat looms as a danger on back class. The 5-year-old son of Hard Spun, who will be coming off a six-month layoff, captured the 2012 Fred Caposella at Aqueduct and was graded-stakes placed last year for trainer Kelly Breen.
Mongolian Saturday, a recent optional claiming allowance winner, is one of two horses entered in the six-furlong sprint by trainer Enebish Ganbat, who will also be represented by Emile. Recent allowance winner Songa rounds out the field.