Something Extra Takes Shakertown; Kobe’s Back Flies From Last In Commonwealth

by | 04.04.2015 | 8:26pm
Something Extra wins clear in the Shakertown.

John Menary and Gail Cox's Something Extra took the lead out of the gate and held off a late bid from 44-1 longshot Channel Marker by a half-length to win the 19th running of the $125,000 Shakertown (G3).

Trained by Cox and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Something Extra covered the 5½ furlongs on a turf course rated as good in 1:02.85.

A 7-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Indian Charlie out of the Mt. Livermore mare Our Mariah, Something Extra added $75,000 to his bankroll that swelled to $865,656 with a record of 29-9-8-5.

It was the first Keeneland stakes victory for Cox, who sent out Something Extra to finish second in the Shakertown in 2013 and third in the 2014 renewal.

Something Extra returned $18.40, $8.40 and $5. Channel Marker, ridden by Francisco Torres, returned $26.40 and $10.40 with Undrafted finishing another 2 ½ lengths back in third under John Velazquez and paying $3.40 to show.

Completing the field in order were favored Power Alert (AUS), Tightend Touchdown, Zee Bros, Go Blue Or Go Home, Berlino Di Tiger (BRZ), Choctaw Chuck and Amelia's Wild Ride.

C R K Stable's Kobe's Back rallied from last in a field of seven to take the 29th running of the $300,000 Commonwealth (G3) by three-quarters of a length over
C. Zee.

Trained by Peter Eurton and ridden by Gary Stevens, Kobe's Back covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.16. For Stevens, it was his second victory in the Commonwealth; the other coming in 1998 on Distorted Humor. It was the third Keeneland stakes victory for Eurton.

Rocket Time led the field through fractions of :23.19 and :45.95 with Jessica's Star and C. Zee in closest pursuit. Turning for home, C. Zee joined Rocket Time at the front while Stevens had Kobe's Back moving widest of all.

Rocket Time was the first to wilt leaving Kobe's Back and C. Zee to battle it out with Kobe's Back edging in front in deep stretch to prevail at the wire.

Kobe's Back is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flatter out of the Well Decorated mare Well. The victory was worth $180,000 and improved Kobe's Back's earnings to $506,250 with a record of 11-3-2-1.

Kobe's Back returned $7.60, $3.80 and $3. C. Zee, ridden by Edgard Zayas, returned $3.40 and $2.80 with Rocket Time finishing third, another two lengths back under Calvin Borel and paying $4.20 to show.

Completing the field in order were Jessica's Star, Hip Four Sixtynine, favored Bourbon Courage and I Got It All.

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