06/11/2013 11:53AM

Dick Jerardi: Charles Town star Lucy's Bob Boy headed to Salvator Mile

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The West Virginia-bred Lucy's Bob Boy will be pointed to the July 6 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park.

West-Virginia bred Lucy’s Bob Boy has raced 16 times, all at Charles Town. The 4-year-old Lucy’s Bob Boy has 13 wins, 3 seconds, and earnings of $511,530. He is less than three lengths from being unbeaten.

He has won races by 17 lengths and 11 lengths. He has three triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures. When he beat fellow West Virginia-bred and Charles Town legend Russell Road (24 of 41 lifetime with $1.4 million in earnings) by eight lengths in the 2012 West Virginia Breeders’ Classic, it was apparent this was a very serious racehorse.

Trainer Sandra Dono says she thinks it is now time for Lucy’s Bob Boy to head out of town and find out just how good he really might be. She plans to run Lucy’s Bob Boy in the July 6 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park.

“We figured that would be a good spot for his first time away,” Dono said. “We figured he would like Monmouth and the flat mile.”

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She had considered running Lucy’s Bob Boy in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 20, but “his Beyer numbers weren’t good enough to show that he could do it. And he has a really big heart. I think he would have really tried hard, but we didn’t want to hurt him.”

Lucy’s Bob Boy has a career-best 102 Beyer. Eventual Charles Town Classic winner Game On Dude regularly earns 115 Beyers.

There was also this.

The morning after his final race of 2012, the 17-length win and a 6 1/2-furlong track record on Dec. 11, the trainer discovered an abscess on Lucy’s Bob Boy’s right front foot. He eventually lost about a third of his hoof, according to Dono. Time was needed for it to grow back.

“So we lost about 60 days of training prior to the first time he ran in March,’’ Dono said. “So even though he won easy, we were a little bit worried about how good his foot was going to stay.”

They ran Lucy’s Bob Boy in an undercard stakes on Charles Town Classic night. He won easily. He has won two more Charles Town races without issue, bringing his 2013 record to 4 for 4.

Owner/breeder Robert Furr always believed in Lucy’s Bob Boy. First, he believed in his mare, Love for Lucy so much that he sent her, a horse who was 3 for 20 lifetime with $80,401 in earnings, to be bred to solid sire Flatter.

Lucy’s Bob Boy raced just twice as a 2-year-old in 2011, winning both.

Furr “told me if I rested him after he won those two races as a 2-year-old and waited on this horse to become a nice 3-year-old, that I would have the best horse on the racetrack,” Dono said.

Furr was correct. Sadly, he did not live to see it, passing away in November 2011 before he could see the horse run as a 3-year-old and become the best horse at Charles Town.

The horse now races for Furr’s nephew Michael. And he races just like the really good horse Robert Furr was expecting.

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