Bob and the Gang will try
stakes company for the first time in the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes on Sunday.
Conditioned by Pat McBurney, Bob and the Gang has won his last two races making
him two-for-three with a second place finish at Monmouth Park.
On June 1, Bob and the Gang broke his maiden in a six
furlong sprint event, and on June 16 he bested the field by two and a quarter
lengths going a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42 1/5. Jockey Paco Lopez, who guided
Bob and the Gang in each of his last four races, will also be aboard in the Long Branch on Sunday.
“In his last sprint he was finally able to relax,” said
McBurney. “We knew we were going to stretch him out. Then in the route he was
able to rate, he was nice and relaxed, and he really seemed to like the longer
Since his last race Bob and the Gang has worked out once,
breezing four furlongs in :49 2/5, making him the third fastest of 13 at that
distance on June 29.
A 3-year old son of Mizzen Mast, Bob and the Gang will
travel a mile and a sixteenth over the main track in the Long Branch on Sunday, and will break from
the far outside nine post.
“You never love being that far out,” McBurney said. “I
know there’s at least one good speed horse inside. We just hope that no one
goes really crazy out of the gate. If not we should be able to set the pace.”
The Long Branch Stakes will go as race 11 on Sunday’s