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Racing Returns Saturday, November 10, 2018



Friday Feature

Franks Best looks to add to the resume



Franks Best hasn’t been around forever, it just seems that way.

The 12-year-old son of Armbro Scribe got his first snapshot of the season in last weekend’s Open III Trot with Mooney Svendsen at the controls for owner/trainer/breeder Bob Johnson.

“There’s no question, he’s one of my all-time favorites,” said Johnson. “He just loves to go out there and race.”

For the record, Franks Best was making his 256th trip to the post and has now recorded 48 wins, 47 seconds and 37 thirds while putting $280,475 in his bank account. He recorded his 1:55 4/5 lifetime mark three years ago.

Franks Best, who has a number of Sire Stakes trophies on his mantle, was cut out to be a nice performer. His sire won 40 of his 226 starts while earning $433,000, while his dam Inside Edition was a top racemare who captured 22 of her 69 starts before going to the breeding shed.

Meanwhile, Bob Johnson is set to celebrate his 76th birthday in April and continues to send out a steady stream of winners. He was second in the trainer standings here last year and is currently third in the race at this meet.

Johnson comes into this week having sent out 15,683 starters and 2,574 have come back to greet him in the charmed enclosure, including those 47 wins by Franks Best. Both are looking to add to their impressive totals in the near future.