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Kratz Racing, LLC’s John Johny Jak, ridden by two-time Del Mar champion Joel Rosario, barely held on in the final strides to win by the narrowest of margins, a nose,  over an onrushing Norvsky, the 8-5 favorite, in Wednesday’s featured $99,390 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes before 13.296 fans.

John Johny Jak, always well-placed by Rosario in the mile and one-sixteenth contest over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course, took the lead in the stretch but then was forced to go all out to defeat Norvsky, piloted by Rafael Bejarano.

Red Sun was third, with early pacemaker Monterey Jazz fading to fourth in the field of nine older Thoroughbreds.

John Johny Jak, a four-year-old son of Wildcat Heir trained by Kristin Mulhall, ran the distance in a fast 1:40.16 and returned $11.20, $5 and $3.60 after his seventh victory in 21 starts. First money of $54,738 increased the colt’s earnings to $224,709.

Norvsky, victor in the California Dream Handicap in his previous race, paid $3 and $2.40, while Red Sun returned $4 to show.



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