Insulto Gold Wins Brazilian Megarace

Gold Medal Jess colt wins rich unofficial race.

May 23, 2012

On Sunday, the Sorocaba Jockey Club in Brazil conducted the Grande Premio Megarace, reportedly the richest race in South America with a purse of $1,000,000 Real (about $484,000 US). The Megarace is not an official race. 

Stud JSS’s Insulto Gold won the 440-yard race by 1 ¼ lengths in :21.37. He was trained by Luis Levir and ridden by Andre Cavalcanti. The 3-year-old colt won his trial, held the day before, with a time of :21.28.

The colt by Gold Medal Jess is out of the Blazen Bryan mare Atacamabryansa 01IBR. He was bred by the late Gianni Franco Samaja and earned R$450,000, or about $218,000 US. His connections also won a car.

Eletrika Bryan PK was second, earning R$135,000 ($65,000 US) for owner Stud Viva Bahia, trainer J. Bispo and jockey A.R. Lima.

Bolt Dash Zo was third for owner Ralph Lima Tierra, trainer V. Antunes and jockey A.P. Oliviera. The gray colt, by Royal Quick Dash and out of the Tolltac mare Special Tolltac, was bred by Ziguiomar Ongaratto and earned R$65,000 ($32,000 US).

Eyesa Fly, an Eyesa Special colt out of 2008 Bank of America South America Championship Challenge winner Nikita Vista, was fourth. He was followed by Troy Weight and Grand Granite.

The race will be renamed to honor the influential Samaja, and will now be known as the Grande Premio Megarace Gianni Franco Samaja.