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Dullahan Wins Blue Grass Stakes

Dullahan captures the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
Donegal Racing's Dullahan closed furiously to nip Hansen in the G1 Blue Grass Stakes and seal his spot in the 2012 Kentucky Derby.


Trained by Dale Romans and ridden by jockey Kent Desormeaux, Dullahan showed his prowess over the Keeneland Polytrack in the 1 1/8 mile race. The chestnut colt by Even The Score raced deep in mid-pack behind brisk fractions set by Gotham Stakes winner Hansen, then unleashed a powerful late run to win by a length. Final time for the Blue Grass was 1:47.94.


Thirteen horses lined up for the race, including Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective, Louisiana Derby winner Hero of Order, and Palm Beach Stakes winner Howe Great. Howe Great had defeated Dullahan in that G3 event at Gulfstream Park earlier in the year. The biggest threat was champion Hansen, who finished second.

Gung Ho, 2nd in the Rushaway, pressed the pace but held on for 3rd. California shipper Holy Candy closed strongly for 4th. 

The Blue Grass was embroiled in controversy just before the race, as Hansen's owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen, had blue hair dye applied to the horse's tail, much to the racing stewards' displeasure. A meeting was called and the blue was quickly removed before going to post.  

 

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