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Hansen out of Woody Stephens

Hansen out of Woody Stephens

A depleted red blood cell count will keep 2011 juvenile champion Hansen from making an anticipated start in Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens presented by VisitNassauCounty.com at Belmont Park.

 

Trainer Mike Maker informed NYRA officials of the decision on Monday morning, two days after the Grade 1-winning Tapit colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 at the Churchill Downs training facility.

 

“On him, we routinely do [blood tests], and when we did it this morning, that’s what we discovered,” Maker said. “He’s got a little low red blood cell count, and we didn’t want to risk, with the ship and the race and everything, to knock him down even further. So, we elected to pass the race.”

 

Owned by Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing, Hansen has not run since finishing ninth behind I’ll Have Another in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. His connections opted to skip the May 19 Preakness and cut back in distance to point for the Woody Stephens, run at seven furlongs on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

 

“It would have been a nice race to compete in, being a big day and all, but it’s not the end of the world,” Maker said. “It’s a minor issue, so we’ll get it handled and get him back in the entries before too long. We’ll monitor it closely. It’s been my experience that, a lot of times, it’s no big issue, and with proper treatment he’ll rebound quickly. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

 

 

 

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Sad news, but looking forward to seeing you race again soon, Hansen!

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