Kona Gold

Cistron Switches From Turf To Dirt For Kona Gold Win

Raced exclusively on turf in his last 13 starts, Hronis Racing’s Cistron, who was supplemented at a cost of $4,000, completely dominated Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, as he whistled 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.33 while winning by 5 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza. Trained by […]

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Headley Remembers ‘Honest Race Horse’ Kona Gold

Bruce Headley was born on Feb. 17, 1934, 10 months before Santa Anita opened on Christmas Day, 1934. More than eight decades later, both are still kicking. Headley, best remembered as the trainer of Kona Gold, for whom next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 sprint at 6 ½ furlongs is named, is still a fixture at […]

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Bobby Abu Dhabi Takes Kona Gold; Ten Blessings Injured, Euthanized

Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s Bobby Abu Dhabi (5-2) was able to repel the late bid of 7-5 favorite Ransom the Moon on Saturday, winning the Grade 2 Kona Gold Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths. It was the first graded stakes triumph for the 4-year-old son of Macho Uno, who was ridden to victory by […]

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Headley Joins WHOA: ‘Essential To The Longevity Of Our Thoroughbreds’

Southern California based Bruce Headley has trained for nearly sixty years during which time he has cultivated a well-earned reputation for being a “clean trainer”, largely shunning modern veterinary practices which emphasize a reliance on drugs to keep a horse sound and fit. Instead, his philosophy is a simple, natural one: when in doubt, give […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Solis Officially Announces His Retirement

From the TVG set at Del Mar, Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis officially announced his retirement from the saddle on Sunday. The 53-year-old Panamanian native last rode in April of 2017, and completes his career with a total of 5,035 victories and earnings of over $238 million. He currently serves on the California Horse Racing […]

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Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra Among 2016 Hall Of Fame Finalists

Four jockeys, four Thoroughbreds and two trainers comprise the 10 finalists on the National Museum of Racing’s 2016 Hall of Fame ballot, as selected by the Museum’s Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The finalists are: jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez and Craig Perret; Thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta; and […]

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Headley Hopes To Keep Kona Gold Stakes ‘All In The Family’

Santa Anita changed the name of the Potrero Grande Stakes this year and it wasn’t because it was hard to pronounce or hard to spell. It was a chance to honor 2000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Kona Gold, trained by Bruce Headley. Headley long ago retired the Cup for winning the Kona Gold Stakes when […]

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Plonk: ‘Where the hell are all the sprinters?’

Despite the common notion that Americans have been breeding for sprinter speed over distance horses, Xpressbet’s Jeremy Plonk wonders where the truly impressive sprinters have gone. Recent Eclipse winners in the category pale in comparison to those in years past, particularly Lost in the Fog and Kona Gold. Instead many that are bred for speed, […]

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Daily Racing Form’s executive columnist Jay Hovdey writes about the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame class of 2010–Point Given, Best Pal, Azeri, and jockey Randy Romero were elected by voters while 19th Century star Harry Bassett, the late trainer Buster Millerick, and jockey Don Pierce were selected by the Historic Review Committee. But […]

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