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Updated on 06/06/2012 10:18AM
Belmont Park: Hansen to miss Woody Stephens Stakes
ELMONT, N.Y. - Hansen, last year's 2-year-old champion who finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby, will miss a scheduled start in Saturday's Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park because of a low blood count, trainer Mike Maker said Monday.
"His blood is a little out of whack," Maker said by phone Monday from Kentucky. "He gave us an indication something was wrong, we pulled a blood on him, and he was not 100 percent. We'll wait a little bit to run him."
Maker said that Hansen did not have to be taken out of training.
Plans for Hansen are undetermined. The next two significant sprint races in the 3-year-old division are the Grade 3, $150,000 Carry Back at Calder on July 7 and the Grade 3, $100,000 Jersey Shore at Monmouth on July 14, but both are at six furlongs.
If his connections want to run Hansen long again, options could include the Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer, a one-turn 1 1/16-mile race at Belmont on June 30.
With Hansen out, favoritism for the Woody Stephens could fall to Trinniberg, who was a multiple graded stakes winner at seven furlongs -- the Woody Stephens distance -- before running 17th in the Kentucky Derby.
Trinniberg won the Grade 3 Swale at Gulfstream in March and the Grade 3 Bay Shore in April at Aqueduct. In the Kentucky Derby, Trinniberg prompted Bodemeister through hot early fractions before fading to 17th, 31 1/2 lengths behind I'll Have Another.
"We tried to stretch him out, you never know what a horse can do," said Bisnath Parboo, the trainer of Trinniberg.
Parboo said that when it became obvious Trinniberg was not going to get a piece of the Derby, jockey Willie Martinez took it easy on him through the stretch.
Trinniberg returned to Calder two days after the Derby and has fired two bullet workouts over the south Florida track before shipping to New York last Saturday.
"He came out of the Derby really nice," Parboo said.
Trinniberg made his first appearance on the Belmont main track on Monday, jogging once the wrong way alongside a stable pony.
Others pointing to the Woody Stephens include Bourbon Courage, Brian, Currency Swap, Hardened Wildcat, Hierro, Laurie's Rocket, and Power World.
looks like a perfect haskell fit to me
Hierro? Wasn't this the horse that was drawing away from Paynter at 8f in the Derby trial? Why in the world wouldn't you stretch this horse out until you find his limit? Why cut him back? With a sire like Hard Spun he should be able to get at least 9f. IMO. I just wonder if he is fast enough to win against this bunch at 7f.
Currency Swap in a romp!
Yes, Hansen was very washed out in the PP of the Derby but, it was also a very warm day. What caught my eye in the PP was the way he was acting. Didn't seem comfortable at all. I hope that they figure out what's wrong with him and that he has a speedy recov ery and that we'll see more of his brilliance on the track. Get Well Hansen.
I'm sorry to hear Hansen has taken ill, Hansen is a very nice horse, I hope that whatever the blood work showed is wrong is taken care of and that Hansen gets well soon. Hansen has a lot of promise, and I wish him great good luck in the future.
He was washed out in the Paddock in the Derby and that maybe a telltale sign that there is something wrong with him internally.
He should come to California or Florida and try the Turf. He will make money becore the end of the day.
Maybe this is it for Hansen. Maybe he's going to head to the breeding shed and the racing world will be deprived yet again, witnessing another star taken out of the game before we could see what he could really do. It wouldn't surprise, given the way the sport has been played by many of the owners over the last 20 years.
He probably told the owner blood was off so he didn't have to run him in that spot.
Hes fast but 6 panels isnt going to suit him. Hes a 1 mile - 1 1/16 stud. Dont be so quick to give up with distances beyond a mile with him. Hes a Tapit and is more than bred for deep surfaces and 8-9 furlongs. Hes apparently just not comfortable right now. Keep him on the shelf and shoot for a late summer return.
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