After launching his patented last-to-first move and blowing by his rivals with ease in the stretch, CRK Racing’s Kobe’s Back captured the $300,000 San Carlos Stakes and keyed a rare all-gray trifecta when he finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of Coastline, with Calculator another half-length back in third.
Ridden to victory by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, the Pete Eurton-trained Kobe’s Back finished the seven furlongs in 1:22.20 over the fast main track.
Kentucky-bred Kobe’s Back, who is by Flatter and out of the Well Decorated mare Well, was a $480,000 2-year-old in training at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales March sale of selected yearlings in 2013. Since then, the colt has banked $952,250 with a career line of 18-5-3-2.
“He’s just good right now,” Eurton said. “He’s the best he’s been in so long. He’ll probably run next at Chuchill Downs on Derby Day (May 7, in the Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs).”