• 2019 Watch and Wager Naples550  Participant #1 – Konomi

2019 Watch and Wager Naples550 Participant #1 – Konomi




Red Fawn
74 lb. Male
B. July 2015
SH Avatar – Money Maid (by, Kiowa Myth)
Track: Southland Gaming & Racing
Kennel: A Ray
Owner: Robert Hardison
konomi and tom
What better way to kick off the announcements of invitees than this decorated star. The 2017 Captain of the All-American second team has continued to hold his form throughout 2018- most notably by lowering the great Bella Infrared's Southland 583 yd. track record with a time of 31.03, crushing the former threshold of 31.14. By further comparison, Hall of Fame inductee Ej's Douglas' mark of 31.65 in 1993 was able to hold firm two months shy of a decade before it was lowered.
The Watch & Wager Naples 550 will be the fourth different track in which Konomi has been a stake finalist. In 2017,  he was the Wheeling National Invinational champ and finished 2nd in both the Iowa Breeders Cup and King & Queen Stake at Dubuque while racing out of theJohn Stidham kennel.
Racing exclusively in West Memphis this year, Konomi has more than held his own, breaking the sub 32.00 barrier on more than 10 occasions, finishing 2nd in the March Hound Madness Final, as well as making the Final of the prestigious Darby Henry Male Sprint in October.
The son SH Avatar is as tough as they come on the lead, rarely getting caught once he gets loose. Preferring the inside paths, this early speedster has reeled off 56 careers wins at the time of this writing, with 25 of those coming this year at Southland.