Kona Gold to be Paraded at Del Mar

Kona Gold, a popular champion and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner who was recently retired, will be paraded at Del Mar on Aug. 9.

Kona Gold ran well at Del Mar, winning the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap there in 2000 and 2001. Videotapes of Kona Gold's 2001 Crosby victory over Caller One and his win in the Sprint that netted him the Eclipse Award as North America's top sprinter of 2000 will be shown.

The 9-year-old son of Java Gold was retired following his fifth-place finish in this year's Bing Crosby, his only loss in six starts at Del Mar.

Negotiations are underway to possibly relocated Kona Gold to the Kentucky Horse Park.

Trainer Bruce Headley purchased Kona Gold for $35,000 from his breeder, Carlos Perez' Twilite Farm, at the 1995 Keeneland September yearling sale. The son of Java Gold won the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) by a half-length over Honest Lady at Churchill Downs after finishing third and second in the two previous runnings of the event for Headley's wife Aase, and Irwin and Andrew Molasky. When he won the Breeders' Cup he was partially owned by Michael Singh.

Kona Gold won 11 stakes and retired with $2,293,384 in earnings and a record of 31-14-7-2.