I am also sad at the thought of another champion will go to Japan as did my all time love, Sunday Silence. He will be treated like a king, and worshiped by the industry. The sad thing is that we in the U.S.A. will not have the ability to following his breeding success and his off spring. I really never got over the loss of Sunday Silence, as I always wanted to be able to go to see him in Kentucky, he did however become the premier sire in Japan and you can see a picture of him on line. Just serch his name. He was the picture perfect T.B. sire when he matured. Seeing Sunday Silence in the photo took my breath away. The picture shows S.S. to be the essence of T.B. quality and beauty.
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!
I remember it like it was yesterday. Easy goer got all of the hype during the post derby races, Easy goer was beautiful, red and wonderful but Sunday Silence was my champ! Sunday Silence was hard to hold on the ground, black and BAD!!! The press nor the public gave Sunday Silence credit until after he won the Derby and the Preakness. He finally was touted before the Belmont which he lost to Easy Goer. As far as who was the best Horse. I say Sunday Silence-but we will have to ask Japan. He was purchased and stood at stud for Japan and I have not seen any records as to his production stats.
Did u not know that Hansen came down ill after theHholy Bull. He was not himself in the race, stumbled out of the gate and showed no of his true talent. To me it stands to reason that the colt was not on his A-game!
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.
I agree, SMART MOVE! Get him the hell out of Dodge. He has been in Florida for 3 i/2 months and the change will probably do him good. I only wish he could find a big pasture to romp in for a few days before making the trip to N.Y. He has been stall bound for a long time now, hope he has not forgotten that he is a horse.
This contest about painting the tail needs to be dropped like a hot potato! Hansen is a class act and the Derby is sacred ground. It might sound like a fun thing to some, but there is nothing here that sounds fun to me. Don't embarrass yourself and especially not the horse.
What is this I read about Hansen being off a few days after the Holy Bull due to being sick. What about coming down with a bug being the reason for the dull appearance he made in the Holy Bull??? Every one made time off, track cond., fast pace the reason. Was supposed to be happy with 2nd. place under the circumstances, Needed a race. Bull pucky! The colt was coming down with something! How do you do when you have a big day coming and your getting sick? Exactly! Now I see the stars in the sky. Thank god there is a real explaination. Hansen is still my guy. To his connections. Get him right, feed him good, give him lots of tender care and miles . When he is right and only when he is right turn him loose. Shame he can't take a trip to a big pasture and run free for a few days. Might shake the kinks out of him. Note to Mike Maker, watch the movie " Sea Biscuit", there are some great tips in that movie.
P.S Hansens has speed & distance in his pedigree. Tapit, AP Indy, Unbridled, storm cat to mention a few. He is a champion if he never runs another race as 3 yr. old champion Eclipse winner and having 1,18 mil. in winnings. a worthy sir to many. I hope he can go on to rack up more money. Time will tell if his connections can figure it out.
You make me feel much better with your expert advise. I have watched Hansens races with much excitment. I listened to the trainers comments several days before the race and read everything I could find on the Web. DRF messed up my account so I couldn't see the race or bet. I called a friend and was told about the outcome. I read a clip that said the race time was off at Gulfstreamm as has been in many 1 mi.races. Upon checking with another timer it was 135 & chg. not 137. That even makes his fractions faster. I hope he came out of the race OK, as he had never ran on an off track, stumbling at the start and being passed before the wire. All new for him! Please don't ever think that they don't know if they have won or not. They know! Their whole attitude is different. I had a mare that after she won a race would actually do a little dance when cooling out, and a gelding that after a win would kick up in back every 3 or 4 steps on his way to the test barn. I hope the trainer & Jocky can figure out this talented colt. We need a special horse in this business badly! Will see what the future brings. I would like to hear your coments on the time. I know the ones posted at Gulfstream were fast enough for a mile!
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