Keyword: Bruce Headley

  • Jackson, Narvick Shopping Hard at Keeneland

    With a deal to purchase a major Central Kentucky farm nearing completion, Kendall-Jackson winery founder Jess Jackson is getting involved in the breeding business in a very big way. According to California trainer Bruce Headley, the bulk of the purchases being made by Emmanuel de Seroux of Narvick International at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale are for Jackson.

  • Grade I Winner Got Koko Retired

    Got Koko, a grade I winner and three-time Texas champion, has been retired from racing because of recurring ankle problems.

  • Kona Gold Starts Rodeo Training

    Champion sprinter Kona Gold is all set to begin his new career on Monday when he's being shipped to a Southern California farm where he'll train as a rodeo horse and prepare for his future duties as a stable pony, trainer Bruce Headley said.

  • The Heat is on in Southern California

    The rising mercury in Southern California was the hot topic of conversation at a Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships news conference held Thursday following training hours at the Arcadia, California racetrack.

  • Kona Gold, will make appearance at Santa Anita.

    Santa Anita Work Tab Busy Monday

    Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) hopefuls Bluesthestandard, Captain Squire, and Yankee Gentleman all had their final workouts for Sunday's main event over Santa Anita's fast main track Monday morning.

  • Got Koko, earned a chance at the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

    On to Breeders' Cup for Got Koko, Halfbridled

    Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) winner Got Koko was in good shape Monday morning, trainer Bruce Headley reported, and is probable to run next in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

  • Got Koko, right, winning the Lady's Secret. Azeri, left, finished third but was moved up to second.

    Azeri's Streak Over; Got Koko Grabs Lady's Secret

    Azeri's 11-race winning streak came to a surprising halt Sunday – 27 days before the Breeders' Cup – when Got Koko rallied past the reigning Horse of the Year and went on to a half-length win in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

  • No Horse Park for Kona Gold, Headley Says

    Champion sprinter Kona Gold, who was retired after a fifth-place finish in the July 26 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, will not be sent to the Kentucky Horse Park to join the Hall of Champions there, trainer Bruce Headley said.

  • Headley Has Fresh 'Koko for Azeri in Hirsch

    The prospect of racing against Horse of the Year Azeri in the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Handicap (gr. II) on Aug. 10 does not create a problem for trainer Bruce Headley, who is known to have a high threshold of awe when it comes to other horses.

  • Kona Gold, could join John Henry and others at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    Discussions Underway to Send Kona Gold to Kentucky Horse Park

    Discussions are underway to send champion Kona Gold to the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions. The 9-year-old gelding was retired following a fifth-place finish in the July 26 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.

  • Kona Gold won the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

    Champion Sprinter Kona Gold Retired

    Champion sprinter Kona Gold has been retired, co-owner and trainer Bruce Headley said Sunday, one day after the 9-year-old gelding finished fifth in the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.

  • Retirement Considered for Kona Gold

    Trainer Bruce Headley said Sunday that he is considering retiring his 9-year-old warrior Kona Gold, winner of the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and the Eclipse Award as America's finest sprinter that year.

  • Eclipse Award winner Kona Gold.

    Kona Gold Back on the Track

    Headley, Molasky and Molasky's Kona Gold, 2000's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, worked Tuesday for the first time since getting a brief vacation and logged three furlongs in :36 1/5 handily over Santa Anita's fast main track.

  • Kona Gold, right, caught Radiata, left, to win the El Conejo earlier this year.

    Kona Gold to Take a Break, Headley Says

    Kona Gold emerged from his third-place finish in Saturday's Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita in good order, but will be given a brief freshening at trainer Bruce Headley's nearby farm.

  • New Rider, Less Weight for Kona Gold

    Corey Nakatani takes over the reigns on 9-year-old Kona Gold in Saturday's $200,000 Portrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 6 1 /2 furlongs at Santa Anita.

  • Sightseek, making first start for rider Jose Valdivia Jr.

    Sightseek Brings Gas to Stellar 'Margarita Cast

    Sightseek is the lone speed in Sunday's $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I), which drew a small but stellar cast of six older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles at Santa Anita.

  • Affluent, Got Koko Work for Santa Margarita

    Affluent and Got Koko, prepping for the March 9 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles, worked on Santa Anita's fast main track Friday.

  • Weight to Keep Kona Gold Out of San Carlos

    Trainer Bruce Headly declared champion Kona Gold from consideration for Sunday's San Carlos Handicap (gr. I) after the 9-year-old gelding was assigned top weight of 121 pounds for the seven-furlong test.

  • Kona Gold, winning the 2002 San Carlos.

    Defections Over Weight Continue; Kona Gold Out of San Carlos

    The weight woes affecting the Southern California handicaps continued Tuesday when trainer Bruce Headly declared champion Kona Gold from consideration for Sunday's San Carlos Handicap (gr. I) after the 9-year-old gelding was assigned top weight of 121 pounds for the seven-furlong test.

  • Too Much Lead on Kona Gold, Headley Says

    Trainer Bruce Headley recently made his case for assigning less weight to his champion sprinter Kona Gold, who finished sixth and last in the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) in his last start Jan. 26.

  • Avanzado zips to victory in the Palos Verdes.

    Avanzado Coasts to Palos Verdes Win; Kona Gold Last

    Benefiting from blinkers and the scratch of speedster Hombre Rapido, Argentine-bred Avanzado led from start to finish to win the $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park by more than four lengths on Sunday, covering six furlongs on a fast track in 1:07.85.

  • Kona Gold, in Sunday's Palos Verdes.

    Kona Gold to be Tested in Palos Verdes

    Kona Gold had his final breeze over the Santa Anita main track Friday morning for Sunday's $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) for older horses at six furlongs.

  • Got Koko, en route to El Encino victory.

    Got Koko Delivers Again in El Encino

    Got Koko, upset winner of the La Brea (gr. I) in her last start, proved she's no fluke in Sunday's $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II), delivering a 1 1/2-length triumph over favored Bella Bellucci at Santa Anita.

  • Kafwain, shown winning the Norfolk, worked Friday.

    Kafwain, Composure, Kona Work at 'Anita

    Kafwain, second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last Oct. 26, worked six furlongs Friday in a bullet 1:10 flat, fastest of 29 workouts at the distance.

  • Got Koko Won't Sneak Up in El Encino

    Texas-bred Got Koko heads a field of nine 4-year-old fillies set to match strides Sunday in the $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Kona Gold Does the Talking, Headley Listens

    Nine-year-old Kona Gold has raced only 27 times in a brilliant career that has seen him win 14 times, including the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and a subsequent Eclipse Award as best sprinter.

  • Kona Gold, 9, Tops New Year's Day El Conejo

    Kona Gold will try to become the fifth 9-year-old to win a stakes race at Santa Anita when he takes on eight other sprinters in the $100,000 El Conejo Handicap (gr. III), Wednesday's New Year's Day feature.

  • Got Koko posted an upset victory in the La Brea.

    Got Koko KO's You at 17-1 in La Brea Stakes

    Got Koko mounted a furious late rally and cruised to victory in the $200,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Santa Anita Park.<br>

  • Headley Remains Confident in Kona Gold

    Preparing Kona Gold for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is old hat for Bruce Headley, who is preparing the 8-year-old for his fifth run at the Sprint.

  • Got Koko Goes in Columbus Day Ramser 'Cap

    Got Koko, a consistent 3-year-old daughter of Signal Tap who is making her presence felt in the Bruce Headley barn, heads the first division of the $75,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap on Santa Anita turf on Monday.

  • Kalookan Queen Beats Boys in Ancient Title

    Trainer Bruce Headley left his big gun, Kona Gold, in the barn for Saturday's $200,000 Ancient Title Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita, but it didn't keep him out of the winner's circle.

  • Sprint Preview (9/12): Turn Up the Heat

    The queen of the sprint division, Xtra Heat, did nothing to hurt her chances for a return crack at the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a devastating five-length score in the $150,000 Endine Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park Sept. 7.

  • Kona Gold Works for B.C. Sprint; No Prep Race Planned

    Without a race since July 6 and the date of Oak Tree's Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap considered a disadvantage by trainer Bruce Headley, the die has been cast for Kona Gold. He'll try to get to the Breeders' Cup Sprint Oct. 26 off workouts.

  • Kalookan Queen Romps in Rancho Bernardo

    Luis A. Asistio's Kalookan Queen, the 3-5 favorite while packing high weight of 123 pounds, made it two in a row by powerfully taking the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III), a 6 ½-furlong sprint for older fillies and mares at Del Mar Sunday .

  • Speedy Kalookan Queen Aims for Del Mar Repeat

    Kalookan Queen, owned by Louis Asistio and trained by Bruce Headley, will try to repeat her winning 2001 effort in Sunday's 31st Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs on the Del Mar main track.

  • Kona Gold faces field of ten in attempt to repeat last year&#39;s win in the Bing Crosby Breeders&#39; Cup.

    Kona Gold Faces Tough Field in Crosby

    Only three foes showed up to challenge Kona Gold in last year's running of the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar, but on Saturday 10 rivals line up to face the defending champion.

  • Affluent rallies on the outside to win the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland last fall.

    Affluent Seeks La Canada Sweep

    Affluent faces a small but quality-laden field Saturday as she seeks to become just the third filly to sweep Santa Anita's La Canada series of three stakes races for 4-year-old fillies. The daughter of Affirmed has already notched wins in the grade I La Brea Stakes and the grade II El Encino. Only Taisez Vous, in 1978, and Mitterand, in 1985, have accomplished the sweep.

  • Kona Gold, winning the San Carlos.

    Kona Gold Draws Outside Post in De Francis Dash

    Headley & Molasky's Kona Gold heads a field of seven in the $300,000 grade I Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Saturday. Eclipse Award honors in the sprint division hinge on the outcome.

  • Champion sprinter Kona Gold.

    He's Back: Kona Gold Makes 4th Ancient Title Appearance

    Saturday will mark the fourth consecutive appearance for 7-year-old defending champion Kona Gold in the $200,000 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap as the Java Gold gelding gets his final test in advance of the Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park Oct. 27.