Making his first start in more than seven months, John Johny Jak, by Wildcat Heir, scored a comeback win in the $70,800 Robert K. Kerlan Memorial H.Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Wildcat Heir, the nation's leading fourth-crop sire and Florida's leading sire, has had a superlative week, with no less than 10 winners over the previous six days, topped by Derwin's Star in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses H. at Belmont Park on July 1.
John Johny Jak, a 5-year-old Florida bred, has four stakes victories in his career, all at different tracks. He won the $70,000 Lure S. at Santa Anita Park, the $99,000 Harry F. Brubaker S. at Del Mar, and $49,000 Carterista S. at Gulfstream Park, all in 2011.
Owned by Kretz Racing LLC, John Johny Jak received a ground saving trip from jockey Rafael Bejarano while tracking the pace set by favored Comma to the Top, split horses at the top of the stretch and went on to win by 1 ¾ lengths. John Johny Jak ran the six furlongs on turf in 1:08.63.
Racing for the first time since he finished fourth in the Grade II Citation Handicap won last Nov. 26 by Jeranimo, who captured the Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile Saturday, John Johny Jak earned his ninth win in 25 starts and pushed his bankroll to $342,279.
Out of the Saint Ballado mare Pure Adrenaline, John Johny Jak is campaigned by Kretz Racing LLC, who bought him privately a year ago.
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