California's 'Gold rushes to victory
Koentopp Farm's 3-year-old colt Jake La Gold sprinted to an impressive victory on February 3rd in a 6-furlong Maiden Special Weight at Santa Anita Park. The California homebred sat just off a sizzling pace of 21.3, 44.1, and 56.2, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and drawing away to win by 4 1/2 lengths while gearing down at the wire under jockey Aaron Gryder and finishing in a respectable time of 109.3.
The Mazel Trick chestnut was making only his second start after a debut in which he had a very troubled trip while still finishing a game second on December 31st in a Maiden Cal-bred sprint. His connections felt confident that he would handle open company on Saturday and he did not disappoint. The Koentopps were on hand with friends to witness their colt's decisive victory and were very pleased with the race that pushed his earnings to $45,080 in just two starts.
"He was unfortunate not to win his first start after a difficult trip," said his trainer Eoin Harty. "He had a clean trip this time and won with authority."
Jake La Gold went off as the 2-1 favorite in both of his races. He was bred in California by Kevin and Rita Koentopp and is out of the Strike Gold mare Fourteen Karyot, a dam who broke her maiden in her first start as a 2-year-old racing for the Koentopps. She was bred in California by St. George's Farm.
"He has proven himself to be a promising sprint contender," said Harty.