* HOUSTON* – Stonerside Stable racehorse Bob and John will participate in the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, May 6.
Bob and John, owned by Texans owner Bob McNair and named after McNair and racing manager John Adger, is one of several entries in this year's Kentucky Derby field. Bob and John's victory at the prestigious Wood Memorial Stakes in April helped him move up the earnings rankings.
In preparation for the Derby, Bob and John has finished in the top three of several graded races. He finished third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity and won his first graded stakes race at the Sham Stakes in February. He most recently finished third in the Grade 2 San Felipe in March.
Bob and John's handlers feel that his fluid running style lends itself to longer races such as the Derby.
"He has a solid foundation for the race, and we feel very good that he can handle the mile and a quarter," McNair said.
Bob and John, trained by three-time Derby winner Bob Baffert, looks to become the second Stonerside-bred Derby winner, joining Fusaichi Pegasus, who was owned by a Japanese businessman and co-bred at Stonerside.
The Stonerside Stable, where Bob and John was bred, has 104 stakes victories since it's inception in 1994. The most recent Derby finisher from Stonerside was Congaree, a Grade 1 millionaire, who finished third in 2001.
The Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, May 6th at 4 p.m. CST on NBC. The
Derby Post Draw will air on ESPN on Wednesday, May 3rd at 4 p.m. CST.