Kohana scores smashing debut
Kohana means swift in the Sioux language. Kohana the thoroughbred proved he was aptly named scoring a decisive debut victory at Gulfstream Park. Kohana broke perfectly then settled into an ideal stalking position in third through blistering early fractions of 22 flat and 44.4. When jockey Kent Desormeaux asked Kohana for run, Kohana accelerated beautifully to assume command at the top of the stretch and edged away through the lane to capture a victory.
Trainer Rick Violette said, "What a way to end the day and start the weekend. That was an excellent effort. They even had a hard time pulling him up after the race. This colt is very easy on himself in the morning. He does just what you ask of him. Sometimes those types of horses are hard to gauge. I think this colt proved that he would step it up when asked. That was a big race."
Jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "What a ride that colt gave me. He broke great, but then he relaxed for me perfectly. He settled like an old turf horse. He put me in a perfect position. When I asked him you saw how he responded. He also galloped out really well."
This was a very strong debut. We will not rule out any options for Kohana's next start out of hand. Kohana, a son of Indian Charlie, earned $24,000 for his victory.