Kona Gold

Remembering Champion Kona Gold

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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.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

But, in 2000, the big prize was his.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Breaking from the gate in the 2000 Breeders' Cup.

Photo: Tom Hall

Making his move to the lead.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The man in the middle as they come down the stretch.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Seizing victory.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Kona Gold and Alex Solis celebrate Breeders' Cup victory in an eye-catching time of 1:07.77.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

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.

Photo: Benoit

His 2nd Bing Crosby victory in 2001 over Caller One.

Photo: Benoit

The Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2002.

Photo: Benoit

Coming home strong in the Los Angeles Handicap.

Photo: Benoit

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.

Photo: Benoit

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.

Photo: Benoit

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