Lava Man

Celebrating the career of Lava Man.

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Lava Man: 46 starts, 17 wins, 8 seconds, 5 thirds. Earnings of $5,268,706. Won or Placed in 21 stakes, including 13 graded stakes.

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First Graded Stakes win in the Californian (gr. II), June 18, 2005.

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In command in the 2005 Hollywood Gold Cup.

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Cruising to victory in the Sunshine Millions Classic.

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Lava Man and jockey Corey Nakatani, outside, hold off Magnum and Jon Court, inside, to win the Santa Anita Handicap.

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Trainer Doug O'Neill and Jockey Corey Nakatani shared many of Lava Man's triumphs.

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The 2006 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, Lava Man adds "grade I winner on turf," to his resume.

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Lava Man prevails by a nose over Ace Blue to take the Hollywood Gold Cup for the 2nd straight year.

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Getting his nose in front of Ace Blue at the wire in the Hollywood Gold Cup.

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The 2006 Pacific Classic, another grade I win for Lava Man.

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Victory in the Pacific Classic on August 20, 2006, as Lava Man becomes the first horse to sweep Southern California's centerpieces races, the Pacific Classic, the Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park, and the Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park.

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Lava Man outruns Brother Derek to take the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap.

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Taking control in the Goodwood.

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At the head of the pack in the Sunshine Millions Turf.

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Doing his part for Californian pride in the Sunshine Millions Turf.

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Holding off Molengao to win the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) for the the 2nd time in 2007

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Pulling away in the Santa Anita Handicap.

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Lava Man fights off A. P. Xcellent to join Native Diver as winner of 3-straight Hollywood Gold Cups.

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Lava Man and Corey Nakatani receiving the rewards of a third straight Hollywood Gold Cup triumph.

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Lava Man made his most recent start on July 20, 2008 in the Eddie Read Handicap, where he tired and finished last. First time by, however, he looked like his old self.

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Lava Man was at home on the dirt,

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the turf,

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and artificial surfaces.

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We won't soon forget the name Lava Man, California Horse of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

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