This morning I learned from trainer Bruce Headley that grade 1 stakes winner Got Koko died from foaling complications on Sunday, Mar. 5 after delivering a Bernardini colt at Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Farm in Kentucky.
I will never forget the thrill of watching the gutsy filly make history at Santa Anita for Headley, who trained her for his wife, Aase, and Paul Leung. Got Koko was one of only three fillies ever to sweep the prestigious La Canada series, which she accomplished during the early part of the 2002-03 Santa Anita meet. The series consists of the La Brea Stakes (G1), El Encino Stakes (G2), and La Canada Stakes (G2).
Got Koko won seven of 15 starts and earned $960,946. She is the dam of a three-year-old filly by A.P. Indy named Koko Pop, a two-year-old colt by A.P. Indy, and a yearling colt by Ghostzapper. Rest in peace, Koko.