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J. O. Tobin

J. O. Tobin
Sire Never Bend
Dam Hill Shade
Grandsire Nearco
Damsire Hillary
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1974
Country United States
Color Dark Bay
Breeder George A. Pope, Jr.
Owner George A. Pope, Jr.
Trainer 1) Noel Murless (1976)
2) John H. Adams (1977)
3) Lazaro S. Barrera (1978)
Record 21:12-2-2
Earnings $659,416
Summary
J. O. Tobin is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Hill Shade by Never Bend. He was born around 1974 in the United States, and was bred by George A. Pope, Jr..
Major wins
Richmond Stakes (1976)
Champagne Stakes (1976)
Swaps Stakes (1977)
Coronado Handicap (1977)
Californian Stakes (1978)
Tom Fool Handicap (1978)
Los Angeles Handicap (1978)
San Bernardino Handicap (1978)
Premiere Handicap (1978)
Malibu Stakes (1978)
Awards
English Two-Year-Old Champion (1976)
American Champion Sprint Horse (1978)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

J. O. Tobin (1974–1994) was an American thoroughbred racehorse. Bred in Maryland by his owner, George A. Pope, Jr., he was sent to race in England under trainer Noel Murless. Racing at age two he won the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse, the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster Racecourse, and was third to Blushing Groom in the Grand Criterium at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France. The 1976 Champion two-year-old, he was Top-Weighted on the Great Britain Free Handicap.

Sent to race in the United States, J. O. Tobin is well remembered for his win in the 1977 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park Racetrack in which he beat the U.S. Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew who had been undefeated in nine consecutive races. Trained by former jockey and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Johnny Adams, he beat Affiliate by 8 3/4-lengths in a time of 1:58 3/5 that missed the track and world record for 1 1/4 miles by only two-fifths of a second. Seattle Slew finished 4th, 16 lengths behind. Ridden by Bill Shoemaker, he led from start to finish, running very fast fractions of 22 2/5 to the 1/4 mile, 45 2/5 to the 1/2 mile, 1:09 1/5 to the 3/4 mile & 1:33 3/5 to the mile. [1]

In 1978, J. O. Tobin's race conditioning was taken over by future Hall of Fame trainer Laz Barrera who guided him to wins in six Graded stakes races and American Champion Sprint Horse honors.

J. O. Tobin died in 1994, in Mexico.

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