Rapputi Stables' homebred 2-year-old gelding Ribo Bobo relished his first start going a route of ground, winning the one mile and seventy yards Foolish Pleasure Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday. Ridden by jockey Eduardo Nunez for trainer Manuel Azpurua, Ribo Bobo defeated Swift Warrior by 1 3/4 lengths and it was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Rough'n Royal in third.
Ribo Bobo tracked the early pace set by Machisa and made his move on the turn for home. He covered the distance in 1:46.63.
At the mutuel windows, Ribo Bobo paid $27.40, $10.40, and $6.20. Swift Warrior paid $6.00 and $3.00, while Rough'n Royal returned $3.80.
Winning trainer's quotes:
Manuel Azpurua - "I think he is going to be a very, very good horse. I thought he would go on and win his last start, but he just kind of hung. I think the two turns helped. I don't know how far he'll go. He's not eligible for the [Florida] Stallion Stakes, so we'll look around to see what's next, but there will be plenty of opportunities ahead."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Eduardo Nunez - "I had never ridden this horse before, so when Mr. Azpurua gave me instructions, he told me this is one of the best two-year-olds on the grounds. His advice was to let my horse sit third or fourth early in the race and when I wanted him to run he would respond. It worked out exactly as he said it would. I just sat in third and made one move and he certainly responded."
Calder's signature event, the Festival of the Sun, is Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. The Festival of the Sun presents seven stakes races worth $1.13 million. Two of the stakes are the finals of the rich Florida Stallion Stakes. The Florida Stallion Stakes program, now in its 29th year, was created to promote Florida-bred Thoroughbreds and the $5 billion industry that supports them. The day also features the $75,000 Calder Derby (G3) and the $100,000 Spend A Buck Handicap (G3), a "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup challenge race.