Champion Kona Gold Tops San Carlos Field
Updated: Monday, March 5, 2001 8:24 AM
Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2001 8:17 AM
From Santa Anita Park
Photo: Associated Press/ Benoit
Kona Gold, ridden by Alex Solis, coasts home to win the Grade I $150,000 San Carlos Handicap on Sunday, at Santa Anita Park.
A field of eight has entered Sunday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap for older horses sprinting seven furlongs. The San Carlos has been upgraded to grade I status by the graded stakes committee for 2001.
Keeping one eye on the sky was trainer Bruce Headley who would like to start both halves of his powerhouse entry of Eclipse Award winning sprinter Kona Gold and 9-year-old Son of a Pistol but inferred that the chance of an off-track might keep the Breeders' Cup sprint champion stuck in the barn for a second time this year.
"We've already lost one race (the Jan. 28 Palos Verdes)," Headley said. "We'll have to see what happens (with the weather)."
Both Headley horses completed preparations with three-furlong works Friday --Kona Gold was clocked in :36.80 while Son of a Pistol stopped the watch in :36.60.
Kona Gold will carry high weight of 125 pounds, spotting the field from 11 to 14 pounds and will break from outside post No. 8 under regular rider Alex Solis.
Son of a Pistol, defending San Carlos champion, drew into the three-hole and has attracted the riding services of Chris McCarron.
The field for the San Carlos Handicap, from the rail out, with jockeys and weights: Regal Thunder, Jose Valdivia Jr., 115; Grey Memo, Garrett Gomez, 113; Son of a Pistol, Chris McCarron, 114; Romanzo, Laffit Pincay Jr., 111; Hopewell Heart, Tyler Baze, 111; Dixie Dot Com, David Flores, 114; Blade Prospector, Omar Berrio, 112, and Kona Gold, Alex Solis, 125 pounds.
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