08/24/2011 7:46PM

Del Mar: A lucky, or unlucky, bob at the wire


A bob of heads was all that separated John Johny Jak ($11.20) and 8-5 favorite Norvsky at the wire of Wednesday's restricted Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar. Norvsky appeared to lead the stride before and after the finish. With that in mind, John Johny Jak was lucky to win and Norvsky was unlucky to lose.

John Johny Jak ran 1 1-16 miles on turf in 1:40.16. Norvsky, who closed from sixth, finished three-quarters of a length over 5-1 Red Sun in the field of nine.

John Johny Jak's win flatters the form of Calimonco, who makes his graded stakes debut in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile on Saturday. Calimonco finished a nose in front of John Johny Jak in the Wickerr Stakes on turf on July 27.