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Hansen Wins Gotham Stakes

Hansen wins the Gotham Stakes
Hansen streaked to a 3-length victory in the G3 Gotham Stakes, giving "the great white hope" renewed outlook for the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

Facing 12 other 3-year-old colts, Hansen broke from post 12 and stayed on the outside as Maan and King and Crusader surged for the lead. Hansen rated under jockey Ramon Dominguez just behind the pacesetters through the backstretch, and made for the lead into the final turn. Hansen drew off from the field by 3 lengths. My Adonis chased in second, but could not make up ground on the juvenile champ. Finnegan's Wake closed to get third.
 

It was a sweet victory for the son of Tapit, who didn't inspire much confidence after his seasonal debut in the Holy Bull, where he set a torrid pace and was easily passed by Algorithms.

This time, Hansen was relaxed and professional, letting King and Crusader set the swift fractions of :23.6 and :47.5. When he made the lead, he didn't back off, despite a challenge from late-running My Adonis. Hansen covered the 1 1/16 mile distance in 1:37.
 
"He settled nice and that’s what we were looking for," said trainer Mike Maker. "More impressive, he lost all that ground and wasn’t rank behind horses." 


Next start for Hansen is the G1 Wood Memorial. As shown by his owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen, the May 5 Kentucky Derby is the ultimate goal. Dr. Hansen sported a bright blue t-shirt in the winner's circle that proclaimed the colt, "The Great White Hope - 05.05.12".

 

 

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Older Comments about Hansen Wins Gotham Stakes...

!:43.8 time on a good track, settling in before he took the lead, he moved forward from his last effort.
.......so great to see a colt brought along, tempered and channelled. What I love best.
Killer impressive, had to watch it twice. Nice to see the head out, and the patience and that speed. Ramon was so right. And so great to see a colt brought alom
Congrats to Hansen, and all connections. I never gave up and have been furious at the people who let one race tell so many ubtruths. I watched the replay and rewatched it. There should be no doubt in anyones mind that Hansen is indeed a true racehorse. He did everything that was said he would not be able to do. He proved his credics wrong, he was in the 12 hole: so what, he had to run on the outside of horses: and. He rated: fantastic. he finally made the lead and went on to take the rail and win by 3 lengths. Did I miss anything. What are they going to say now. I love this horse who just happens to be gorgeous!

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