Clodoaldo De Oliveria Miranda’s Brazilian-bred sprinter Jake Gold BR (left) outdueled multiple stakes winner Seperate Interest by a nose to win the running of the $60,000 Christmas Invitational Handicap at 400 yards on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Bred by the late Gianni Franco Samaja, Jake Gold BR earned a trip to the United States after winning the 440-yard Bank of America South America Challenge Championship in February at the Jockey Club de Sorocaba. After finishing sixth in his first outing in the U.S. and 10th in Bank of America Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows in Iowa, Jake Gold BR has been lights out in his last two starts at Los Alamitos. The 4-year-old gelding by Gold Medal Jess posted a 1 ¼ length victory in an allowance event on November 28 before winning the Christmas Invitational over a field that in addition to Seperate Interest also featured two-time Grade 1 winner Far Niente, 2013 champion aged mare Check N Fetch and multiple Grade 1 stakes finalist Jess Being Valiant. Jake Gold BR covered the distance in :19.697 and earned $33,000 for the effort.
“I met the (Clodoaldo) at Gianni Samaja’s dispersal sale in May of 2014 back in Brazil,” said Vince Genco, who has a long history as a top racing manager for Brazilian horsemen campaigning Quarter Horses in the United States. “(Clodoaldo) is friends with a lot of my top clients so that’s how I came to meet him. We talked about this horse and he asked me if I knew someone that would train him in the United States. I thought of Paul Jones.
“The cream rises to the top,” Genco said. “Gold Medal Jess won a lot of big races at Los Alamitos and Jake Gold BR’s mother, Charlotte Bryan, sold for a lot of in Brazil because she produces horses like this. Charlotte Bryan is a half sister to (Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Champion of Champions winner) Good Reason SA.”
Samaja bred Good Reason SA and Charlotte Bryan.
“Samaja’s breeding will go on for a long, long time.” Genco added.
Following this victory, Genco mentioned that the Los Alamitos Winter Championship could be a possible start for Jake Gold BR.
“The owner wants to leave him here and run him in a few races,” Genco added.
Lila Kessinger’s Seperate Interest was looking to pick up his third stakes win of the year after capturing the Z. Wayne Griffin Stakes and Kaweah Bar Handicap. The horse by Separatist earned $13,500 for this runner-up effort to take his career earnings to $420,370 in his 20-race career.
Howard Nichols’ Jess Being Valiant finished third and was followed by Check N Fetch, Once Over, Creole Williams, and Far Niente.
Genco noted that Good Reason SA’s first crop will be 2-year-olds in 2015.
“I have a filly in partnership with Paul Jones. She’s out of The Goodbye Kisser and she’s beautiful. I’m also very excited about a Good Reason SA that I have in partnership with Tom Bradbury and Vaughn Cook.”