And I thought all the talk after Union Rags winning the
Fountain of Youth was impressive. Due to some combination of his looks and
his talent, clearly Hansen has captured the imagination of race fans throughout
America. Here is just a small sampling of what they were saying about Hansen on
Social Media after his impressive win in yesterday’s Gotham Stakes …
On Twitter, the experts were saying this:
@NTRA Wow. Hansen was impressive in the Gotham!
@raypaulick Hansen showed a slightly different dimension,
winning G3 Gotham S at Aqueduct, rating just off lead, and taking over on
@HRTVGary Yes I am, but Hansen moves back up. RT @TydoubleT:
@HRTVGary are you still on the Union Rags bandwagon after the Gotham? #Kentuckyderby
@EJXD2 I just want to let everyone know that I voted
for Hansen as champion 2yo male. Clearly this win as a 3yo shows I was right.
@andyserling Not a lot of surprises
today. The Tom Fool was a great horserace and Hansen rated kindly and beat an
inferior field easily.
@overlayapparel The Great White Hope. #Gotham #Hansen
@trifectabox @allangarcia47 I knew if Hansen could learn
to relax and take back, he could get the job done. With that approach he can
get 1 1/4-miles.
@AndyScoggin Hansen Makes a Statement in the Gotham!
@JerseyTom Oddly quiet @TurfwayPark for Hansen's win.
@MollyJoRosen I like watching good horses run: Hansen and
Union Rags have made me a very happy lady of late.
Meanwhile on Facebook, the Hansen talk was relentless…
Munick This is about
today, the Gotham. Not the Wood. Not the Derby. Hansen was terrific today.
Tunstill Love the Grays,
especially by Tapit!!!!
Spencer HE IS AWESOME!
Pinkerton Cook Whew!
Man he looked good.
Ryder He paced himself
Wright Johnson Ohhh
Brian..he's BAD alright!!
Very good. After that where does he
Diggs He actually
looked somewhat relaxed.
Not bad at all! Go Hansen! :-)
Hynes Nope, he
Grondin He looked great!
God He looked AMAZING!!!
O'neil He really showed
those naysayers who had him offthe Derby Trail before the race!
Wilson Grice And
he's not hard on the eyes, either. ;)
Henker I just hope
both him and UR stay healthy and we justmight have an exciting TC this year.
Brownrigg It's Tricky won
as well--looking forward to seeing some of my 2011 favorites this season! I
wagered on both to win!
Goldberg That Hansen,
he's all white with me too! :-)
Tugwell I was
impressed. Didn't expect him to rate so kindly, and although I didn't consider
him a serious Derby threat before today, I do now. Not sure if he has the
talent of a few of the others, but he's got time to keep improving and he's
much more of a contender than I thought before today's performance.
Carrelli The Derby will
be a repeat of the BCJ except Hansen won’t make the pace he will sit 3 off the
rail and three off the pace. He learned ALOT today, and is still improoving.
WATCH OUT RAGS !
And of course, my split second reaction, and
corresponding comment after the race, demonstrated by strong grasp of the
Zipse That Hansen ... he
finally, a little straight from the horse’s mouth...
trainer told me that he will probably take me back to Kentucky, to train there.
My next race could be at Turfway Park in the G3 Vinery Stakes or in G1 Wood
Memorial Stakes at NY, Aqueduct Racetrack. Here's a pic of me after the G3 Gotham Stakes