BIG JOHN B WINS COUGAR II HANDICAP
Big John B with Rafael Bejarano in the saddle.
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Big John B, winner of 12 of 28 career starts on grass, including the 2014 Del Mar Handicap, showed another dimension to his ability Friday as he scored his first victory on a dirt surface with a come-from-behind triumph in the featured Grade III $100,000 Cougar II Handicap.
With Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, Big John B rallied on the rail entering the stretch and outgamed 12-1 longshot Bailoutbobby in the final furlong to score by a half-length in 2:31.62 for the mile and one-half. Big John B had competed twice on dirt early in his career without finishing in the money.