Kona Gold was king of the Breeders' Cup sprint, running in the race 5 times. Here is with trainer Bruce Headley aboard, training before the 2001 running.
Photo: Tom Hall
He finished 3rd in 1998 behind Reraise.
Photo: Skip Dickstein
And just missed in 1999, finishing 2nd behind Artax.
But, in 2000, the big prize was his.
Breaking from the gate in the 2000 Breeders' Cup.
Making his move to the lead.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
The man in the middle as they come down the stretch.
Kona Gold and Alex Solis celebrate Breeders' Cup victory in an eye-catching time of 1:07.77.
Apart from the Breeders' Cup, Kona Gold raced primarily in California, where he won practically every major sprint race. Here he is in the 2001 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita.
His 2nd Bing Crosby victory in 2001 over Caller One.
The Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2002.
Coming home strong in the Los Angeles Handicap.
Kona Gold's last stakes win came in the grade III El Conejo Handicap at Santa Anita on January 1, 2003, when he was 9 years old.
Hanging out at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Photo: Jennifer Klebsch
Champion Kona Gold: 30 starts, 14 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds, and earnings of $2,293,384.
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