Updated on 07/01/2012 7:36PM

Hollywood Park: John Johny Jak injured ater winning Kerlan Memorial

Benoit & Associates
John Johny Jak, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, injured a foreleg while galloping out following his win in the Robert Kerlan Memorial Handicap.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - John Johny Jak finished first in Sunday’s $70,800 Robert Kerlan Memorial Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park, but was pulled up with a shoulder injury while galloping out.

John Johny Jack was transported by horse ambulance to trainer Kristin Mulhall’s stable for evaluation. An hour after the race, Mulhall said that every effort was being made to save John Johny Jak.

The Kerlan Handicap, run over six furlongs on turf, was John Johny Jak’s first start since a fourth in the Grade 2 Citation Handicap here last November. He underwent colic surgery last winter before returning to training earlier this year.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, John Johny Jak ($16.40) ran six furlongs in 1:08.63. He closed from fifth in a field of eight between horses in the stretch to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Obviously, the 5-2 second choice.

Comma to the Top, the 9-5 favorite, held third after setting an early pace of 23.17 and 45.34 seconds.

Owned by Kretz Racing, John Johny Jak has won 9 of 25 starts and $342,279. A 5-year-old ridgling, John Johny Jak won two restricted stakes on turf last year – the Harry Brubaker at Del Mar and the Lure Stakes at Hollywood Park.

tiffany More than 1 year ago
shoulder injuries are fatal in horses, thats just how it is and yes it sucks but doing right by the animal is most important...
Meathead More than 1 year ago
It is always a tradgedy when they have to put a horse down but this game is all about making money and Im sure they looked at it that way but if the horse could not be saved they did the right thing. MH01
andrew More than 1 year ago
Who would vote for putting Jaws down rather than JJJ
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Its not up for a vote PETA BOY ! The horse was injured to the point that he needed to be saved the suffering
Mark More than 1 year ago
I would have rather seen Bejarano go down than that poor horse as Bejarano beat the living crap out of that horse down the stretch. Anytime a jockey tries to go through on the rail when Bejarano has a horse on the lead, he will close that hole up even if it means the jockey and the horse behind him going down. Whats even worse is that I have seen Bejarano go off on several different jockeys for not letting him through on the rail even though he will NEVER do the same. Bejarano is every bettors worst nightmare.
Oliver Zamora More than 1 year ago
Excuseme Mark . Obviously you did not see the video Rafael Bejarano ( One of the better jockeys of the country) just did his job... the horse win by himself no whip... just some reins.....
martymar . More than 1 year ago
so sad
nancyb More than 1 year ago
My condolences to Kristin and all those who worked at getting this horse rehabbed and ready to run.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Christina Olivares reported on TVG that it was a fatal injury. It was very tragic. Kristin Mulhall and her connections have my sympathies..RIP JJJ
Goldhybrid More than 1 year ago
He outclassed the field. He should have been the favorite. He was certainly put through the ringer by Bejarano. A route horse asked to sprint six furlongs is a tough assignment but he gave everything.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
Yeah ,he was the class of the field ?? A restricted stake winner facing Graded winners. Gimme a break.
Steve S More than 1 year ago
You mean facing has-beens and losers.
Guy More than 1 year ago
The horse was put down...grow up the both of you tools.
Debbi Martin More than 1 year ago
Guy, where did you hear this, for sure?
Monique Childers More than 1 year ago
Do you know for sure if he was put down? What a tragedy :(
Chris Walsh More than 1 year ago
Per Kristin's Facebook page, he was put down. Condolences to Kristin and the connections.
nancyb More than 1 year ago
You're denigrating a fatally injured horse just to one-up someone who's obviously a fan? That shows no class IMO.
Bsb Jaws More than 1 year ago
The horse wasn't fatally injured when I wrote that Nancy B & it wouldn't really change the fact that what I said was true. I've known about Kristin Mulhal since she was a teenager. Long before you ever heard of her. Her specialty is working broken horses back to health. She won a GR I with a broken horse that she bought for $1 and took two years to rehabilitate. It broke down again. Horses break down . You have a right to your opinion. My opinion of someone that keeps her mouth shut for a couple of years when she's losing & pipes up after a dart throw comes in for her is that that person is a weaZel .;-) Yep . A weaZel. I wasn't denigrating the horse. I gave it full credit for what it was. A minor stake winner. You should stick to anonymously thumbing you little weaZel . Its more your style. LOL. I'm not a weaZel . I say what I think and I don't beat around the bush. I'm sick of a bunch of people whinning every time a horse breaks down. I don't give a flying fleek if they are fans or not. There are quite a few PETA jerks that aren't fans and they show up on every article that has anything to do with injury. I don't put you in that category ,buttZ... I do put you in the weaZel category. So now you know for sure. BSB
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Jaws, You have a talent for looking down your nose at people, that's one thing but bad mouthing injured horses is just too low. There are times when it's better to just keep your mouth shut... One day you will learn this. You too Steve S