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

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

 

 


Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, 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. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

 
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