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Hansen On Schedule For Travers

Hansen, the juvenile champion of 2011, worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 on Saturday morning at the Trackside Training Center in Louisville in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Travers on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course.

“He worked pretty good; everything is on schedule,” said trainer Michael Maker. “He’s going to fly up Monday.”

Hansen is expected to be one of the principal pace-setters in the 1 ¼-mile Travers. The gray or roan son of Tapit won the Grade 3 Gotham this year at Aqueduct Racetrack, finished second on the Polytrack in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and won the Grade 3 Iowa Derby by 10 lengths. In his most recent start, Hansen raced under heavy pressure in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and finished fourth.

“I texted with [Maker], and he said the horse went very well and is very happy,” said owner Dr. Kendall Hansen, reached by telephone. “He ran recently, so it’s just a maintenance work. I’m glad the long-term weather looks like moderate temperatures because his two worst races were in the heat.”

Three-time Travers-winning jockey Javier Castellano picks up the mount on Hansen, who Maker said would gallop again on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Dr. Hansen said he would likely arrive in Saratoga on Friday, the day before the race.


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Older Comments about Hansen On Schedule For Travers...

the embarassment of his getting his proverbial butt kicked..Now ANYONE can put a qualified horse in any race (I recall old Perez from Panama used to do this all the time in the Derby and Dr. William Livingston's Ricks Natural Star) so they can re-iterate how vulnerable this one is.
kings bishop is where he should go. this is shackleford all over again.
slow works=maybe they are trying to get him to relax?
tv, what embarrasement are you referring to?
Is this a joke? How much embrassemtn does it take? If you want a horse to be really embarassed another great thing the connections could do would be to put the horse in Darrel Wayner's barn, That would be icing on the cake!
i agree hansen needs to pick up pace to win Travers and needs to be at peak to win especially at a distance he's not breed for.
not sure what to make of all of these slow works from hansen--he used to work 5f in 58-59 but not for some time now

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