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Zipse At The Track

ZATT’s Star of the Week, is … Lord Kanaloa!

Lord Kanaloa 615 X 400
Photo: Kate Hunter - Eclipse Sportswire

 

For the second year in a row, the best sprinter in Japan took his show on the road and wowed them at Sha Tin, and this time the star Japanese sprinter likely ran the race of his life. Lord Kanaloa thoroughly outclassed his international competition and delivered a scintillating performance to claim the Longines Hong Kong Sprint in breathtaking style. It was such a dominating performance that I feel quite comfortable in calling Lord Kanaloa the best sprinter in the world. He also holds the distinction of being ZATT’s Star of the Week.


Sent off as the odds-on favorite, perhaps the only fear for Lord Kanaloa going in was the disadvantageous draw on the far outside. It proved to be no problem at all. Piloted by veteran rider Yasunari Iwata, Lord Kanaloa grabbed the perfect position throughout the early going. Like a powder keg readying for explosion, the five-year-old son of King Kamehameha was more than willing bide his time, and wait for the sprint for home. When it was time to go, he turned on an dramatic turn of foot that quickly carried him to the lead, and in another blink of the eye, sprinted away from the field with devastating ease. Running the 1200 meters in a sparkling 1:08.25, Lord Kanaloa was five lengths clear over the second place European shipper Sole Power.


Any further exploits from Lord Kanaloa in the racing world will come from the breeding shed, as it was announced that his electrifying repeat in the Hong Kong Sprint will act as his swan song. Trained by trainer Takayuki Yasud, Lord Kanaloa is owned Lord Horse Club. He will call it a career with 13 wins, five seconds, and a third, from 19 lifetime starts. The bay grandson of Kingmambo was bred in Japan by K.I. Farm and is out of the Storm Cat mare Lady Blossom. American racing fans will remember his second dam, Saratoga Dew, the champion American three-year-old filly of 1992. Lord Kanaloa will now head to retirement and stallion duties in Japan. Talk about going out in style, Lord Kanaloa saved his best for last.

 

 

Sadly, the excellent filly, and winner of the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes a few months ago at York, Jwala, was euthanized after taking a bad fall with rider, Steve Drowne, in the stretch after lacking room between horses.

 


 

 

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Dead heats are rare enough but a triple is pure random luck...The placing judges are very particular on calling a dead heat and often have the image enlarged and reduced multiple times before calling one (unless it is for 8th or something and does nor represent a parimutuel payout). They are often sticklers for the photo representation as well because SOME photos, where the two horses are not close to one another (one in lane one and the other in lane 6 or so) are VERY HARD to represent. Twice in my five year career as photo finish tech, we have had owners request a direct viewing of the photos right off the computer as they were not convinced...Remember anyway, that according to the rules of racing the judges evaluation IS FINAL.
Now that was impressive!

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Meet Brian Zipse 

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
As Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Brian also serves on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.