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Kona Gold

The high point of Kona Gold’s long career was his triumph in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint in track record time at Churchill Downs. The performance, which came after he had been third in the 1998 Sprint at Churchill Downs and second in the 1999 Sprint at Gulfstream Park, earned him the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter, but the gelding’s racing career was far from finished. He competed in the Sprint again in 2001 and 2003 and was still competitive in the upper echelon at age nine before retiring with 14 wins in 30 starts and earnings of nearly $2.3 million. He remained at the track as a mascot at his trainer Bruce Headley’s barn before being relocated to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington where the public could visit him.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2000 Sprint

Previous Races

DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
July 26, 2003Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup H.DEL MAR25
March 29, 2003Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup H.SANTA ANITA PARK23
January 26, 2003Palos Verdes H.SANTA ANITA PARK26
January 01, 2003El Conejo H.SANTA ANITA PARK31
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
October 26, 2002NAPA Breeders' Cup SprintARLINGTON14
July 06, 2002Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Invitational H.HOLLYWOOD PARK26
June 02, 2002Los Angeles H.HOLLYWOOD PARK31
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 17, 2001Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash S.LAUREL PARK14
October 27, 2001Penske Auto Center Breeders' Cup SprintBELMONT PARK17
October 06, 2001Ancient Title Breeders' Cup H.SANTA ANITA PARK12
July 22, 2001Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup H.DEL MAR21
April 01, 2001Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup H.SANTA ANITA PARK21
March 04, 2001San Carlos H.SANTA ANITA PARK11
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 04, 2000Breeders' Cup SprintCHURCHILL DOWNS11
October 14, 2000Ancient Title Breeders' Cup H.SANTA ANITA PARK21
July 29, 2000Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup H.DEL MAR21
April 08, 2000Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup H.SANTA ANITA PARK21
March 04, 2000San Carlos H.SANTA ANITA PARK22
January 29, 2000Palos Verdes H.SANTA ANITA PARK21
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 06, 1999Breeders' Cup SprintGULFSTREAM PARK12
October 17, 1999Ancient Title Breeders' Cup H.SANTA ANITA PARK22
March 06, 1999San Carlos H.SANTA ANITA PARK22
January 30, 1999Palos Verdes H.SANTA ANITA PARK22
January 03, 1999El Conejo H.SANTA ANITA PARK 1
DateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 07, 1998Breeders' Cup SprintCHURCHILL DOWNS13
October 17, 1998Ancient Title Breeders' Cup H.SANTA ANITA PARK35
September 05, 1998 DEL MAR 1
August 15, 1998 DEL MAR 1
July 26, 1998 DEL MAR 1
May 31, 1998 HOLLYWOOD PARK 2