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Hansen dominates in the Iowa Derby


Hansen Dominates the Iowa Derby

When Hansen broke on top and was allowed to set an uncontested opening ¼ mile of 24 seconds under jockey Ramon Dominguez, it was a race for second as Hansen went wire to wire in the Iowa Derby winning by 10 lengths. Heavily backed from the onset, Hansen was 1/9 throughout the wagering and returned $2.20 to his supporters. The $150,000 winner’s share moved Hansen’s career earnings past $1.7 million. Louisiana Derby winner, Hero Of Order and Macho Bull completed the trifecta. In a post-race interview, co-owner Dr. Kendall Hansen hinted that Hansen may return to Prairie Meadows next summer for the Cornhusker Handicap.


Fort Larned Captures Cornhusker Handicap

30 minutes earlier jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. witnessed Hansen’s front-running score in the Iowa Derby, so he decided to employ those tactics and was rewarded with a 3-length victory in the Grade 3 $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap aboard Fort Larned. At the break, expected front runner, Shadowbdancing, broke outward and bumped heavily favored Successful Dan. This allowed Fort Larned to grab the early lead, and he never relinquished it while setting moderate early fractions of 24.57, 48.43 and 1:12.22. 

“He left there pretty good. The horses that looked like they were going to have speed kind of took back, so we took it to them. We had a lot of horse. (Trainer Ian Wilkes) did a great job. When we got to the 3 ½ (furlong pole), he was looking for more room,” Hernandez Jr. said.

Fort Larned completed the 1 1/8 miles in 147.42 and returned $9.40 for the win. Successful Dan rallied for second and fan favorite Awesome Gem ran on late for third. 


Uptown Bertie Rolls in the Iowa Oaks

With a perfect trip behind a quick early pace, Uptown Bertie swallowed up her competition moving into the final turn of the Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles Iowa Oaks and strolled to victory by 2 ¼ lengths. With jockey Julien Leparoux aboard Uptown Bertie for the first time, she sat 2-3 lengths off the early pace set by Livi Makenzie and Tapajo before making her move to winner’s circle. 

“She broke good and there was a lot of pace for us. She settled nice for me and I decided to make a move on the backside. She won very easy,” Leparoux said.

7/5 favorite Ice Cream Silence rallied for second, while 49-1 outsider, Emona, got up for third. Uptown Bertie moved her lifetime record to 10-3-3-2 and career earnings in excess of $215,000 after tonight’s $120,000 first place purse for owner/breeders Bert & Elaine Klein. She returned $5.20 as the second favorite.


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good point..
On one hand, UR is being criticized at running one of the slowest Belmont's, and, THEN, Paynter is being praised, despite NOT winning the slowest Belmont. Think I'll pass.
He is an up and comer but needs to string together some victories..
Well Paynter is rounding into one of the best of the class.
you cant argue with TV he doesnt read your post he just continues to babble away without reading the other side of the argument.
(Sigh) Never mind.
waste, whats the difference?
T-vic, I think you missed the whole point of what I said. I wasn't talking about fecal matter, I was talking about urination. It had nothing to do with ease of cleaning up. And yes, his going every day in the designated area WAS conditioned reflex, but going whereever he wanted when the ground was wet WASN'T. That required a very basic form of reasoning.
cocoa, maybe babies do that because their toys or whatever look like food to them or because that is a way to learn about something and also own it. I'll ask my oldest daughter who remembers everything from her birth(claims pre-) on.
why do you think cats return to the same place everyday to relieve themselves? CONDITIONED reflex
conditioning: which goes back to an old Jewish saying "Don't Shit Hwre you Eat." Once the gustatory re-affirmation was established, the area was designated for fecal matter. Dog did the same thing: handy for clean up but cuase and effect is lackig sorely.
I had a dog who would wait until we got to the designated area of our apartment complex to relieve himself- when the ground was DRY. If it was raining or snowing or the ground was wet from recent precipitation he would go whereever he wanted. To me that shows the ability to reason. He figured the ground is wet anyway so it doesn't matter. Faulty reasoning but reasoning nonethe less. We could not break him of the habit. He knew we didn't want him to do that but he just figured "they're wrong so I'm gonna do it!"
Wonder what this colt has on his schedule NOW. Take on a challenge or hide away and steal a purse??
yup they really have a time overcoming tay-sachs disease, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and the rest
this is getting silly, if we are going to get into human psychology vs horse psychology, we will need expert testimony from qualified experts in each field of study
humans are not taught all that they know, they are taught to overcome inherited instincts
Explain why babies into things into their mouth? It couldn't be instinctive to prevent the baby from starving?
Humans are TAUGHT all that they know. Hard wired instinctual behavior is not amongst those lessons.
repetition with reward? they get more attention, more praise, more carrots & peppermints if they win
I know what a narrative fallacy is thank you. Of course animal's survive with instincts- but so do humans. I too am a realist to what animals do, and it seems to me as if humans and animals aren't all that different.

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My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.


My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.


The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum

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