GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Bob and John, the winner of last year's Grade 1 Wood Memorial, is expected to make his first start as a 4-year-old Saturday in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.
"Right now, if all's well he's definitely coming," said Bob Baffert, who trains Bob and John for Stonerside Stable. "That's what we've been pointing for."
Bob and John last raced in September and finished second by a half-length in the $106,000 El Cajon at a mile at Del Mar. He shows a series of strong works for his first start of the year, his latest a five-furlong drill in 1:00 at Santa Anita on April 17.
The Texas Mile is the richest of four stakes to be run here Saturday. The other races on tap are the $60,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge for 3-year-olds, the $60,000 Irving Distaff for fillies and mares on turf, and the $50,000 Richland Hills for 3-year-old fillies. The races are designed to serve as stepping-stones to the Mayo28 Lone Star Million Day program of stakes.
Bob and John's competition on Saturday is expected to include Silent Pleasure, who has won three stakes in his last three starts. His connections were going to wait for the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 28, but he has bounced out of his last win, the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn on April 12, so well that he will likely go in the Texas Mile, co-owner and trainer Howard Scarberry said.
"He came back off that race like he wanted to run again the next day," Scarberry said. "I figured he'd be a little tired. He's just higher than a kite. He's thriving."
Scarberry said Tracy Hebert, who rode Silent Pleasure when he won the $73,000 Delta Mile and the $97,000 Gulf Coast Classic, both at Delta Downs in March, has the mount Saturday. Silent Pleasure earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 103 in the Fifth Season.
Dreamsandvisions, a multiple stakes winner, is a definite for the Texas Mile, trainer Steven Duke said.
Among those considered possible for the Texas Mile is multiple Gradeo3 winner Gouldings Green, according to trainer Tony Reinstedler. Rexson's Rose, who won a $75,000 optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park with a Beyer Figure of 101 in his last start, on April 13, is looking at the Texas Mile, trainer Barry Rose said.
Another possible for the race is Mambo Train, trainer Marcelo Polanco said. The horse won the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby in 2004, and in his most recent start was fifth in a turf allowance at Santa Anita.
Wait in Line, who won an allowance earlier this meet at Lone Star, has been nominated to the Texas Mile, trainer Chris Hartman said. He is being considered for the race, but Hartman on Friday was leaning toward running him in the $100,000 Bosselman/Gus Fonner, which will be run Saturday at Fonner Park.
Back to turf for Ever and Anon
Ever and Anon, who won her maiden over the Lone Star turf course last April, returns to the grass Sunday in the featured eighth race, a one-mile optional claimer for fillies and mares. Others in the seven-horse field include Sweet Appeal, who was a close fifth last out in the $50,000 Jersey Lily for trainer Bill Pettit, and Durrymane, a three-time winner over the Lone Star course for trainer Danny Duncan.
Ever and Anon won a first-level allowance at Oaklawn in her first start of the year, March 7, and comes into the feature Sunday off a third-place finish to the promising Moon Catcher in a one-mile optional claimer on April 4. Quincy Hamilton has the mount for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.