Kohana wins way onto Triple Crown trail
Question: How good is Kohana? Answer: Very good. Kohana remained undefeated and vaulted into the upper echelon of three-year-olds with an authoritative allowance victory at Gulfstream. Kohana broke sharply and set the pace in the early stages of the race through a quarter-mile in 24.1. A longshot charged up the rail down the backstretch and jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard Kohana conceded the lead. The pacesetter began to weaken midway through the turn, and Kohana regained the lead. Kohana faced a new challenge from the eventual runner-up, but he turned back that foray and began to edge away through the stretch to a clear victory over a track that was playing rather slowly all day.
Trainer Rick Violette said, "I said after his debut that this colt looks like he wanted to be a racehorse. I think he proved that again today. He was very professional. He settled nicely when Kent (Desormeaux) let that other horse take the lead. When Kent asked him for his run he gave it to him again, and he opened up nicely. All he really had to do was keep him focused on the task at hand in the stretch."
Jockey Kent Desormeaux said, "He did everything I asked of him. I didn't want to get hooked in a duel, and he backed off really nicely for me on the backstretch. He had a nice turn of foot when I asked him, and he had plenty left in the tank at the wire. He tried to goof off a little bit, but he kept going."
This was another super impressive effort against another well-intended field. Kohana has earned his way squarely onto the Triple Crown trail. We will tentatively point Kohana for the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby(G2) on April 19th at Oaklawn.
A three-year-old son of Indian Charlie, Kohana now has two wins in two career starts and earnings of $48,900.