Challenge: Wired For Distance

SRD Bobwirebob is a fighter.

Q-Racing Journal

SRD Bobwirebob has been a fighter his whole life. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

Sheila Dorgan’s homebred SRD Bobwirebob has had to prove himself a fighter since the very beginning.

“He earned his name,” said Dorgan. “When he was five days old, he got pushed into the barbed wire fence by his mother and took more than 100 stitches in his shoulder.”

While he still bears the scars on his shoulders, he has recovered fully from that traumatic start and has gone on to prove himself as a tough competitor. In September, the 5-year-old gelding won the $33,120 Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge and collected his ticket to the Bank of America Challenge Championships.

As a freshman, SRD Bobwirebob was a rallying second to consistent stakes winner Country Boy Deluxe in the Hialeah El Nino Invitational in Florida, then finished a gaining fourth in the $193,150 South Florida Derby. He switched to distance races in late 2012, winning his first distance start.

Last year, he showed up consistently in the Oklahoma distance stakes, including a third-place finish in the Walter Merrick Memorial Stakes (R) at Fair Meadows.

He returned this spring to contest the Red Cell Remington Distance Challenge (G3), but had a poor trip and failed to contend. After a summer freshening, he returned with a prep at Will Rogers before the Red Cell Will Rogers Distance Challenge. Despite the handicap of the outside post, SRD Bobwirebob broke promptly, took control and won with authority.

“It was extremely exciting!” Dorgan said of the victory. “We’ve run in many Challenge races, and this was our first win.”

The win was SRD Bobwirebob’s fourth in 28 starts. He has won or placed in 13 of those starts, and earned a total of $87,043.

“He’s very nice to handle, but when it’s race time, he’ll drag you to the track,” his owner said. “He loves running.”

Dorgan is from Wayne, Oklahoma, and has been in the industry for 33 years, after her husband bought a yearling and gave it to her. A 20-year-breeder, she has bred 10 winners from 15 starters. Among them are stakes winners Sir Diligent ($75,393) and stakes-placed runners Mocashment ($33,349) and Unlikely Angel ($22,067).

SRD Bobwirebob is by Coronas Prospect out of the Thoroughbred mare Shouldabeenjoebob, a daughter of Lesley’s Express.

“We lost our good mare, she broke her leg,” Dorgan remembered of how she acquired Shoudabeenjoebob. “We had a good friend who had some really nice Thoroughbred mares. He thought we needed another one, so he gave us the mare. She’d never had a foal, so this was her first foal.”

They chose Corona Prospect as the sire because they liked his pedigree and breeding, and came up with an instant hit. The mare also has a gelding by Devons Signature named SRDS Signature, and a yearling full brother to SRD Bobwirebob named SRD Bobbin Coronas.

And when SRD Bobwirebob prepares to contest the $100,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1), his proud owner and breeder will be attendance.

“I’ve never visited Prairie Meadows, but always heard what a nice track it is,” she said. “I figured this was a good opportunity to go out and visit the track and watch the race.”

The Bank of America Challenge Championships are October 18 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. Stay tuned to complete coverage from the Q-Racing Journal at www.aqharacing.com.