Wildcat Heir's John Johny Jak won his third careers stake on Nov. 5 with a nose victory in the $70,150 Lure S. at Santa Anita. Earlier this year the 4-year-old he won the Harry F. Brubaker S. at Del Mar and the Carterista S. at Gulfstream Park.
Wildcat Heir is Florida's leading sire of 2011, he held the same title in 2011.
John Johny Jak stalked the pace for the better part of the one mile turf event. After a spirited duel with Assessment for the length of the stretch, John Johny Jak got the better of his foe on the wire. He finished the distance on the firm turf in 1:35.44.
“I thought it was going to be easy at the top of the stretch,” said winning rider Victor Espinoza. “I let him open up, but the horse on the inside was game and kept coming back to stay right with me. I had to calculate my timing right at the wire.”
“He ran super,” winning trainer Kristin Mulhall said in the winner’s circle. “I’m just happy we’re here. It definitely was a battle. He is the kind of horse that, when he gets head and head, at times he’ll pull himself up a little bit. He likes to be able to chase after a horse, and it looks like Victor had to work pretty hard on him.”
Mulhall said the bay ridgling’s next start likely would be in Hollywood Park’s Grade 2 Citation H. on Nov. 26. With the Lure’s winning purse of $42,090, John Johny Jak raised his earnings to $284,799 from an overall record of 8-5-2 in 23 career starts.
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