"He's such a masculine, daunting horse," Pinfield said. "He wasn't a million-dollar yearling. He's blue collar, and he's had to go out and make his own way.
"He's been such a willing horse. Whatever you set him out to do, he's willing to oblige. If I put him out on a road and there were five fences lined up, he'd take a cut at every one of them. He's been very good to us and he deserves to be treated with respect."
Horse Racing Notes
Kona Gold, who had a five-furlong in 58 3/5 Tuesday morning, was assigned top weight of 126 pounds, six more than Big Jag, for the Palos Verdes. The last horse to win the race carrying that much weight was Ancient Title in 1974. . . . Besides Kona Gold and Big Jag, the other probables for the Palos Verdes are Freespool, Full Moon Madness, Blade Prospector, Echo Eddie and Men's Exclusive. . . . The stud fee for Kleven, the sire of Big Jag, is $1,000. . . . Surfside, the 121-pound highweight, is expected to make her 4-year-old debut in Saturday's $200,000 Santa Monica Handicap, a Grade I race at seven furlongs. Others likely to be entered this morning are Kalookan Queen, Theresa's Tizzy, Hookedonthefeelin, Serenita and Nany's Sweep.