John Johny Jak, a 4-year-old son of Wildcat Heir, made a late bid to win the $85,000 Harry F. Brubaker S. by a nose Aug. 24 at Del Mar. This was the second stakes win for the Florida bred; he won the Carterista S. at Gulfstream Park this April.
Journeyman Stud's Wildcat Heir is Florida's second leading stallion of 2011, with nearly $3 million in progeny earnings. The 11-year-old is also ranked fifth among all North American third-crop sires.
John Johny Jak was in mid-pack for most of the 1 1/16-mile Brubaker. Jockey Joel Rosario moved his mount off the rail going into the second turn, steadily gaining ground until deep stretch, when he took over the top spot a few strides from the wire. The final time on the firm turf was a very quick 1:40.16, less than a second off the track record.
The victory improved John Johny Jak's record to 7-5-1 from 21 starts, with earnings of $224,709 for owner Kretz Racing LLC and trainer Kristin Mulhall.
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