Updated on 09/15/2011 1:29PM

Lord Zada romps in Colonial


Trainer Sanna Neilson had two prime contenders for the Eclipse Award as top steeplechase horse before Sunday's $100,000 Colonial Cup, and now she has three.

The Neilson-trained Lord Zada* (click here for lifetime PP's), annihilated 10 rivals in the Colonial Cup, the final Grade 1 of the jump season, at Springdale Race Course in Camden, S.C. Lord Zada's margin of victory over the runner-up, All Gong, was 15 1/2 lengths. Al Skywalker, who set most of the pace, hung on for third.

Lord Zada, who is owned by Augustin Stable, completed the 2 3/4-mile Colonial Cup, over 17 jumps, in course-record time of 5:05.60.

This year, 10 different horses won the 11 Grade 1's on the steeplechase calendar. Praise the Prince, who is trained by Neilson, won a pair of Grade 1's in restricted novice company and is the leading earner among jumpers this season. Pompeyo, also trained by Neilson, was 2 for 2 in 2001, including a win in the Grade 1 Royal Chase in April at Keeneland, before being sidelined by injury.

Gus Brown, aboard Lord Zada in the Colonial Cup, also rode Praise the Prince and Pompeyo this season.

"I'll let the voters decide who's better," said Brown, who clinched his second consecutive season riding title. "Of the three, I think they all deserve it, but I'd have to say Pompeyo. He set a course record at Keeneland, and he just wins every time."

Breeders' Cup winner Quel Senor, another Eclipse Award candidate, was pulled up in the Colonial Cup after trailing the field for much of the race. Quel Senor's trainer, Tom Voss, said it didn't appear his horse handled the sandy course that had been dried-out by drought conditions this fall in South Carolina.

Lord Zada PP's*

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