Bob Johnson ran out of trophy space a long time ago with Franks Best, the 5-year-old son of Armbro Scribe and the American Winner mare Inside Edition he owns, trains and also bred.
Having dominated his peers in Sire Stakes at Cal Expo, now that those races have finished he has been continuing in sharp fashion while mixing it with older rivals. Last year saw Franks Best landing in the charmed enclosure following nine of his 27 outings, including his 1:57 lifetime standard.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, however, his 2012 campaign was on the disappointing side. A drop from the top ranks earned him a nice confidence builder on February 3, then he returned to the top level last week and came rolling late to just miss to a free-wheeling Shelby County in a 1:57.1 affair.
“He got off his game at the start of the year, and I think he just got a little muscle sore,” Johnson explained. “We did a little vet work on him, and then when he got some class relief it really helped a lot.”
In the most recent clash for the best trotters on the grounds, Franks Best was sent off the 5-2 second choice with regular pilot Lemoyne Svendsen and sat a pocket journey behind the mare Shelby County. That rival didn’t get much pressure, opened up nearly two lengths in the stretch and then held by a neck over the Johnson representative.
“He went another good race,” his mentor noted. “Hopefully he will stay good and we can have some fun with him.”