Keyword: Kona Gold

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Triple Interest

    <i> By Ray Paulick</i> -- While media interest in this year's Belmont Stakes is unprecedented, the year-round depth of quality of racing is epitomized by the likes of Kona Gold, Xtra Heat, and others.

  • Squirtle Squirt, winning the Breeders&#39; Cup Sprint.

    Squirtle Squirt Sprints into Palos Verdes

    Breeders' Cup Sprint champion and Eclipse Award finalist Squirtle Squirt begins his 2002 campaign in Sunday's $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita. Squirtle Squirt delivered to trainer Bobby Frankel his first Breeders' Cup victory last October at Belmont Park, but hasn't scared away the competition, which has come up strong for the six-furlong contest.

  • Delaware Township and jockey Jerry Bailey cross the wire first in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.

    From the Magazine: Delaware Township Exits on Top

    A million-dollar international race doesn't usually serve as practice for a $300,000 stakes in Maryland. But following a script that was part wisdom and part luck, the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) turned out to be a dress rehearsal for the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (gr. I) Nov. 17 at Laurel Park.

  • 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.

  • Kona Gold, Caller One Help 'Heat' Up Dash

    Kona Gold, champion sprinter of 2000, was to board a plane in California Tuesday and fly to Maryland to take on Xtra Heat, the local heroine, in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Nov. 17 at Laurel Park.

  • Cup Contenders Busy on West Coast

    Workouts on West Coast in preparation for Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Racing Championships in New York.

  • Sprint Report--10/17/2001

    If the over and under on the number of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runners who had their final prep in England or France was 25, you would probably take the under, wouldn't you? This writer would have. But, counting them up shows 27 Sprint starters have shipped in from France or England. And, not surprisingly, more have finished last -- six -- than first -- one.

  • Juveniles Work on West Coast

    Breeders' Cup Juvenile hope Came Home and Juvenile Fillies contender Habibti worked at Santa Anita Thursday.

  • Swept Overboard Upsets Kona Gold; Now Breeders' Cup Bound

    Swept Overboard earned a ticket to the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park, rallying from last to outrun defending Sprint champion Kona Gold and capture the $207,100 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Saturday.

  • 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.

  • Left Bank, shown here winning the Vosburgh.

    Breeders' Cup Sprint Preview

    Several races with Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) implications were run last weekend. But the race featuring the marquee name in sprinting is still out there on the horizon.

  • Kona Gold, in Sunday&#39;s Palos Verdes.

    KONA GOLD

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  • Los Angeles Handicap winner Caller One, among the challengers to Kona Gold in the Bing Crosby.

    Five Face Kona Gold in Bing Crosby

    Headed by Eclipse Award sprinter Kona Gold, a field of six swifties was entered Friday morning for Sunday's 56th running of the grade II, $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap at 6 furlongs on the main track.

  • Champion Kona Gold has been assigend 126 pounds for the Potrero Grande at Santa Anita.

    Only Three Challengers for Champion Sprinter

    Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Kona Gold will face only three challengers when he carries top weight of 126 pounds in Sunday's grade II Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs. The Java Gold gelding, who carried 125 pounds to win the March 4 San Carlos Handicap, will be spotting the field from 11 to 16 pounds as he seeks his sixth consecutive victory.

  • Kona Gold, ridden by Alex Solis, coasts home to win the Grade I $150,000 San Carlos Handicap on Sunday, at Santa Anita Park.

    Champion Kona Gold Tops San Carlos Field

    A field of eight has entered Sunday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap for older horses sprinting seven furlongs. The San Carlos has been upgraded to grade I status by the graded stakes committee for 2001. Kona Gold will carry high weight of 125 pounds, spotting the field from 11 to 14 pounds and will break from outside post No. 8 under regular rider Alex Solis.

  • Sprinter Son of a Pistol Seeks San Carlos Repeat

    While Kona Gold rightfully deserves the majority of the attention in the sprint division following his Eclipse Award-winning season in 2000, it's stablemate Son of a Pistol who will be defending his crown in the 63rd running of the grade I San Carlos Handicap Sunday.

  • Kona Gold, sprint Eclipse Award winner.

    Eclipse Awards: Sprinter: Kona Gold

    A new track and race record in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and five graded stakes wins for the year helped in Kona Gold's unanimous selection as North America's top sprinter for 2000.

  • NTRA commissioner Tim Smith (left) presents Horse of the Year trophy to Tiznow owner Michael Cooper.

    Tiznow Is Horse of the Year; Complete Eclipse Rundown

    Horse of the Year titles come in all sizes, from a year's worth of heroics to a single moment of glory. In 2000, it came in the size of Tiznow's neck. That's all it took to turn the name of Tiznow from a faint whisper before the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) to a deafening roar after it.

  • With the likely scratch of Kona Gold, Big Jag is the highweighted starter in Sunday&#39;s Palos Verdes Stakes.

    No Heavy Gold Here: Champ Was Scratched

    Champion sprinter Kona Cold was among the seven horses entered for Sunday's 49th running of the Palos Verdes Handicap, but was scratched out of the race due to his weight assignment. The 7-year-old gelded son of Java Gold started last year's championship campaign with a win in the Palos Verdes and was assigned top weight of 126 pounds for Sunday's renewal. <p>The unanimous choice for champion sprinter of 2000 would have faced last year's second- and third-place Palos Verdes finishers -- Big Jag and Freespool, respectively. Big Jag has been assigned 120 pounds and Freespool 116.

  • Kona Gold, defeating Honest Lady in the Breeders&#39; Cup Sprint, could return in the Palos Verdes.

    Kona Gold, Big Jag To Renew Rivalry

    Horse of the Year nominee Kona Gold is scheduled to breeze Monday or Tuesday in advance of his first start of the year in next Sunday's grade II Palos Verdes, according to trainer Bruce Headley. Nine older sprinters have been nominated to the Jan. 28 grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Handicap, including Breeders' Cup Sprint champion and Horse of the Year finalist Kona Gold.

  • Dubai Millennium Tops International Classifications

    Godolphin Racing's Dubai Millennium, the impressive six-length winner of the Dubai World Cup, has been accorded top weight of 134 on the International Classifications announced in London Wednesday. Among horses trained in the U.S. on the International Classification, sprinter Kona Gold and Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus both were rated at 127 pounds. That placed Kona Gold behind only Dubai Millennium and Montjeu (130 pounds) on the older horse list and Fusaichi Pegasus' weight assignment exceeded only by Sinndar.

  • Kona Gold, defeating Honest Lady in the Breeders&#39; Cup Sprint, is one of three finalists for Horse of the Year honors.

    The Envelope Please...

    The votes are in and the major players are in New Orleans for tonight's Eclipse Awards dinner. In addition to Horse of the Year, Eclipse Awards will also be presented for other equine and human achievements during 2000. Complete results and profiles of the winners will be posted on Bloodhorse.com at 10:30 p.m. (ET). An Eclipse Awards Special will air on ESPN2 on February 4 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ET).

  • Five Star Day Breezes; Other Cup Hopefuls Work

    Breeders' Cup Sprint hopeful Five Star Day cleared a couple of major hurdles on Wednesday. The Beau Greely trainee was named as one of the 14 preferred entrants in the Sprint and he turned in a solid training move in his next-to-last work before the Breeders' Cup.

  • Kona Gold Sprints to Ancient Title Win

    Kona Gold settled behind This Tune Can Hum through the early going before rallying to win the $196,498 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) by three lengths Saturday at Santa Anita. Under Alex Solis, Kona Gold completed the six furlongs in 1:08.11, the fastest six furlongs of the current Santa Anita meet.

  • Kona Gold Returns in Bing Crosby

    Last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) second-place finisher Kona Gold returns to the races after a 3 1/2 month freshening in the $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at Del Mar.