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Gotham Stakes Next Target for Hansen

Hansen, 2011’s Eclipse champion 2-year-old male, will make his next start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham, run at 1 1/16 miles over the inner track at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, March 3, according to Dr. Harvey Diamond, founder and racing manager of Skychai Racing, part-owner of Hansen along with Dr. Kendall Hansen.

 

“We felt that the Gotham was a good spot and the timing was excellent,” Diamond said of the Michael Maker-trained colt. “We would love to take a shot at the Big Apple.”

 

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After an undefeated 3-for-3 campaign last year that culminated with a narrow victory over Union Rags in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs, Hansen’s 2012 debut did not go as expected.

 

On January 29, the striking gray son of Tapit stumbled badly at the start of the Grade 3 Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park, rushed up to take the lead through an opening-half mile in 45.67, and was not able to fend off Algorithms in the stretch, finishing second by four lengths.

 

“We would like to get a better start in the Gotham,” Diamond said.  “We don’t want to make excuses, but when you think about it he probably ran the first quarter a second faster than what the timer showed. He ran two really fast quarters and that affected him in the latter stages. We are not taking anything away from Algorithms. He is a super horse and was better that day than Hansen. We just hope that on Gotham Day he will settle himself in the gate and show the Hansen that we all know he is.”

 

Diamond added that after the Gotham, there are a number of possible options, including the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Resorts World New York City Casino Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday, April 7 and the Grade 3 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 24.

 


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Smart move. Maker says he got sick after the Holy Bull and had to miss a week of training. Land in a softer spot and hope he can find some of that 2 year old spark. Also I keep hearing about Hansen tail being painted which is fun but as a gambler I think the news of the blinkers coming off on March 3 should be the bigger news.
  • linda.mitchellbender · This contest about painting the tail needs to be dropped like a hot potato! Hansen is a class act and the Derby is sacred ground. It might sound like a fun thing to some, but there is nothing here that sounds fun to me. Don't embarrass yourself and especially not the horse. · 878 days ago
  • linda.mitchellbender · I agree, SMART MOVE! Get him the hell out of Dodge. He has been in Florida for 3 i/2 months and the change will probably do him good. I only wish he could find a big pasture to romp in for a few days before making the trip to N.Y. He has been stall bound for a long time now, hope he has not forgotten that he is a horse. · 878 days ago
I believe that Hansen is a good horse but is going to be difficult to win over long distances, you have to see how it behaves in your next career
Shaping up too be a good day at Aqueduct on March 3, with Hansen and Calebs Posse.

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