07/02/2012 12:01PM

Hollywood Park: John Johny Jak euthanized after Kerlan win

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John Johny Jak was euthanized following his victory in Sunday's Robert Kerlan Handicap.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – John Johny Jak, vanned off after winning Sunday’s $70,800 Robert Kerlan Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park, was euthanized Sunday evening because of a shoulder injury, trainer Kristin Mulhall said.

John Johny Jak was pulled up about a quarter-mile after the finish and transported to Mulhall’s stable for evaluation. Mulhall said that several veterinarians were consulted in the hours after the race.

“We ended having to put him down,” she said Sunday evening. “It was the hardest thing.”

Owned by Kretz Racing, John Johny Jak won three minor stakes in the last year, including the Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar and Lure Stakes at Hollywood Park in 2011. Last December, John Johny Jak underwent surgery for colic, which kept him out of training until this spring.

The Kerlan was John Johny Jak’s first start since a fourth in the Grade 2 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park last fall.

A 5-year-old ridgling by Wildcat Heir, John Johny Jak won 9 of 25 starts and $342,279.