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Tasteless decision by Hansen's owner

There are 397 3-year-olds -- the most since 2009 -- now eligible to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The fee at first opportunity to nominate is $600, a reasonable if usually ill-conceived gamble. It is anticipated that a few others will be nominated later, at $6,000 apiece, after showing fleeting, unanticipated glimpses of usually empty promise that imperil an owner's grip on reality. This makes the natural odds of any one of these making the Derby's limited field of 20 slightly more than 200-1. At the moment, everyone is a longshot, some more so than others.


Hansen, the defending divisional champion, Union Rags and the unbeaten Algorithms are most prominent among the contenders. Alpha threw his saddle in the ring on Saturday with an impressive score in the Withers Stakes in New York. There is much more to see.


But this is not about which of the 400-plus will run in the Derby or the rite of spring that revolves around the attempt to identify the winner early enough to profit from one or another of the available ante-post wagering options. More often than not in recent years the Derby winner has been a surprise who faces a limited and usually inauspicious future. Despite initial flurry of polls that now begins in January, it is too early to come to grips with the Derby's myriad and likely unforeseen possibility.


This is about silliness, the ill-considered stripping of dignity from a proud animal by an owner in the earliest rapture of Derby fever, a mighty blow struck on behalf of tastelessness, an affront to the breed. And it's only February.


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People are so lame. How many adult men and women is the US dye their hair on a monthly basis? How many women paint their nails? Should we also never braid a horse's mane? Shouldn't racing be fun? Isn't one of racing's biggest problems overcoming it's image as being a boring sport for old people and reckless gamblers?
  • TampaBayDowns Fan · the Kentucky Derby has always been a symbol of our sport. Putting these colors would be rediculous because it would make people unfamiliar to our sport think that we are just a "play" sport and do not take our big events seriously. 4H I can understand, but not our beloved sport. · 2021 days ago
A local track had a fund raiser and most of the horses had something in the charities colors, including temporary mane and tail color etc. Some of the horses racing maybe had something in the colors. The idea isn't so outrageous, but the Triple Crown races may not be the best place.
They can do it after he retires if color is what they are into. Please, please don't make a circus pony out of this wonderful animal.
You know this is really getting out of hand, there are people on other websites stating that Hansen is being retired from racing and going to work with clowns in the circus. OMG!
Has anyone ever seen a horse actually run in a race with dyed hair?
maybe they will get a oversized VW,load it with clowns, and drive him from the barn to the paddock area! the last one out grabs the balloons!!!!!!
It is a dopey idea. And tasteless I agree. But I think in all fairness he is trying to generate interest in the horse and horse racing. Stupid way to do it yes.
Stupid idea but I'm sure a lot of the amateur ladies will love it at the track.
This is an absolute joke. For everyone that has something to say about Mike Repole, at least he's never dyed his horses orange and blue.
The idea that dying ANY part of an animal degrades the situation to that of a side show.....Even wants the crowd to tell him what color to use...idiots
The pharse "horse of a different color" goes back to a time ringers were actually trying to pass for other horses by this mechanism
I don't even agree with putting clothes on one's dog or cat, let alone dying the mane and tale of colt that already has such beautiful coloring. The idea is "fun" in theory, but I sincerely hope that Hansen, the person, decides against this. Such a stunt, I believe, would do more harm than good.
lol, meant NTRA
Not a joke they want him to be the Dennis Rodman of horse racing, the other horses will be laughing at him. Think the NHRA will step in though, ridiculous.
What a silly idea! Bet he decides against it!
This has to be a joke. Gross. I do not want to see this in the Derby or any race.
Hansen is a beautiful grey colt, not a beautiful pink, orange, blue or red colt.
Very strong feelings here from Mr Moran, but I'm inclined to agree with him. In a sport so rich in tradition, I wouldn't want it to become some other.

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