12/27/2008 12:00AM

Bob Black Jack has eye on Dubai


ARCADIA, Calif. - In January, Bob Black Jack set a six-furlong world record of 1:06.53 in the Sunshine Millions Dash. On Friday, he won his first Grade 1 in the $250,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.

In 2009, trainer Jim Kasparoff is ready to take on the world with Bob Black Jack.

Pending the results of a scheduled start in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Dash on Jan. 24, Kasparoff hopes to take Bob Black Jack to Dubai for the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters on March 28.

Kasparoff can plan for such races after Bob Black Jack's win in the Malibu Stakes. Allowed to lead throughout, Bob Black Jack won by 2 1/4 lengths over Into Mischief, the 2-1 favorite. Bob Black Jack ($12) was timed in 1:20.20 for seven furlongs under jockey David Flores.

"It really feels great to win this," Kasparoff said. "It's the biggest win of his life and my life. Someday, he'll be a stud and it will be good for him."

The victory was Bob Black Jack's first since the Sunshine Millions Dash. He lost his next four starts, including a second in the Santa Anita Derby, a 16th in the Kentucky Derby, and a fifth in the Vernon Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 22 after a layoff of more than six months.

"He needed the race last time," Flores said.

Owned by Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff and trained by Jim Kasparoff, Bob Black Jack has won 4 of 10 starts and $594,925. The Malibu was his first graded stakes win and third stakes win.

Jim Kasparoff, Tim's brother, said Bob Black Jack has thrived since returning to training in late summer.

"After the Derby, to be able to stop on him was very important," he said. "I could see when he came back in he was different. He was bigger and his attitude was better."

While Bob Black Jack will remain in sprints, Colonel John, the fourth-place finisher in the Malibu, will make his next start around two turns. The winner of the Travers Stakes and Santa Anita Derby earlier this year, Colonel John finished 3 3/4 lengths behind Bob Black Jack, closing from last in a field of seven.

Saturday, trainer Eoin Harty said that Colonel John will be pointed for the $250,000 Strub Stakes over 1 1/8 miles for 4-year-olds on the main track on Feb. 7, with a possible start in the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 17.

Gio Ponti not just a turf horse

Gio Ponti's 2009 campaign may be headed in a different direction after his win in Friday's $100,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes. The race was his first start on a synthetic track and resulted in a comprehensive victory by 1 1/2 lengths over Medjool.

The Sir Beaufort was scheduled for turf, but moved to the Pro-Ride main track because of inclement weather earlier in the week. Trainer Christophe Clement had intended for Gio Ponti to run in the Sir Beaufort no matter the surface.

Said assistant trainer Nicholas Bachalard: "He's always done well on it in the morning, and Chris has always wanted to run him on it. It was the right opportunity. He won pretty nice."

Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Gio Ponti ($4.60) ran a mile in 1:34.92. El Gato Malo, the winner of the Lone Star Derby in May, finished third in the field of nine 3-year-olds.

Gio Ponti will be pointed for the Strub Stakes.

Owned by Castleton Lyons and trained by Christophe Clement, Gio Ponti has won 4 of 9 starts and $820,800. Four of his wins have come in stakes, including the Grade 2 Virginia Derby in July.

High hopes for All Saint

All Saint, the upset winner of Friday's $125,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes, has given owner Eduardo Gamez Derby fever.

After All Saint won the seven-furlong race for statebred 2-year-olds, Gamez said the colt is likely to return for the $100,000 San Rafael Stakes for 3-year-olds over a mile on Jan. 17. The San Rafael is traditionally a prep for 3-year-olds headed to the Santa Anita and Kentucky derbies.

"We've all got Derby dreams," Gamez said.

The victory was the first stakes win for trainer Triphon Dahl, 44, a native of Jamaica who trains seven horses at Fairplex Park. Before the race, Dahl told jockey Rafael Bejarano that he wanted "a patented Bejarano ride."

Bejarano brought All Saint from sixth in a field of 12 to win by a length over Feisty Suances, the 3-1 favorite who fought for the lead and ran well in defeat.

Purchased for $2,700 at the 2007 California fall yearling sale at Barretts, All Saint has won 2 of 7 starts and $122,400.

* There is no racing at Santa Anita on Tuesday. Racing resumes on a Wednesday through Sunday format this week. Wednesday's eight-race program includes the $70,000 Kalookan Queen Handicap for fillies and mares on the hillside turf course. Dearest Trickski, a winner of 11 of 17 starts, including four stakes in the last year, makes her stakes debut on turf. A 4-year-old filly, Dearest Trickski was 11th in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint here on Oct. 24.