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Hansen to Arrive in Big Apple on Leap Day

Hansen to Arrive in Big Apple on Leap Day
Champion Two-Year-Old Male Hansen's travel plans for next Saturday’s Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham are set, co-owner Dr. Kendall Hansen said Friday.


Dr. Hansen said the colt will fly to New York on February 29, the Wednesday before the Gotham, after turning in his final breeze at Gulfstream Park, possibly on Monday.


The doctor spoke of Hansen’s most recent workout, officially a 59.00 five-furlong breeze at Gulfstream on February 19, in glowing terms.


“His last breeze on Sunday was strong,” said Dr. Hansen, who owns the colt in partnership with Dr. Harvey Diamond’s Sky Chai Racing. “He actually ran another furlong, and we were pleased with that. It was actually a six-furlong work. He was running 12-second furlongs, and that’s his cruising speed. Since he put up a bullet last week, his next breeze will probably be slower.”


Hansen, who capped his unbeaten 2-year-old campaign with a nose victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, finished second, beaten five lengths by Algorithms, in the Grade 3 Holy Bull after stumbling at the break. The Gotham will be his second start of 2012.


“We had some bad luck last time, and people probably think we’re beatable,” said Dr.Hansen. “We were about 75 percent last time and were hoping for an easy spot, but we ran into a top horse in Algorithms. [Hansen] is doing well right now. We’re at about 85 or 90 percent. Obviously, we want to peak in May.”


Dr. Hansen added that trainer Michael Maker has been working on getting the son of Tapit to settle in his workouts and that the 1 1/16-mile Gotham, which is expected to draw a large field, will test the colt’s ability to race in traffic.


“It’d be nice to see a few horses come to his side early, and then have him lead by about three or four lengths at the quarter pole,” said Dr. Hansen.


Dr. Hansen revealed Hansen’s demeanor has changed since the Holy Bull, giving the owner confidence the colt will regain winning form.


“It’s going to be fun, and I think we have the horse to beat,” said Dr. Hansen. “You don’t want to go against the champion in his first start after a loss. He was really ticked off [after the Holy Bull].”




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i think he ran bad after he had to rush up on that mud on a bad break, it can really take a lot out of horse. he did run like that for about four races too and also could have run him self out. i think he should fair well here and the cooler conditions might perk him up to.
Many two year olds who matured ahead of the curve were exposed that way. Time will tell with this one.
I hope it was not just baby speed. I love to watch him run.
This one has shown "baby speed" but little else. Until this one shows some bottom, his distance capabilities are in serious doubt. Good choice of Aqu for his next outing as that course plays right into his front running style
History will remember Hansen in the same way as it does, Upset, Dark Star.
I have loved this horse since I ist. saw his wins at Turfway. Thanks to Derby Nation, I received the videos via facebook. I was immediately taken by his impressive running style, poise and ease of motion. Not since I owned my own TB's have I been this excited to watch a runner. I was upset after the holy bull, and his loss. 2nd. doesn't get it when Hansen is involved. When I found out he came down sick after the race and was off a week, I understood. If horses could only talk out lous. They do try to tell us, however we don't always read the signs correctly. I look foreward to his start in the Gotham. I have watched and rewatched his distance wins. I feel he can get the distance. Rateing him will hopefully work, however it goes against his natural way of traveling. Some TB's run a certain way, and that is it. When you try to change them it kills their game. I hope Hansen is indeed the type of horse that can be up for what ever is required to win. We all know he can't run full out for 1 1/16 mi. If he could get 13 on top and coast it would be great, but he is not at Turfway anymore and the fields he will run against are way too tough to allow that. I still believe and will shake in my shoes until the race is over.

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