04/11/2012 4:00PM

Blue Grass: Connections of Howe Great, Heavy Breathing not overly confident

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Bob Coglianese
Howe Great comes into the Blue Grass off four straight wins.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The post draw Wednesday morning for the 88th running of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes went very smoothly, with virtually all of the connections of the 13 runners being interviewed before the breakfast crowd by host Tom Leach. Among the more interesting comments were those by Barry Irwin, the Team Valor International president being represented in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack race by Howe Great, a winner of his last four starts.

“I wouldn’t say I’m confident,” said Irwin. “I think Hansen is the best horse in the crop. I don’t think we can beat him, to tell the truth.”

Jack Wolf, whose Starlight Racing partnership will send out Heavy Breathing, was similarly self-deprecating. Asked by Leach whether he has had high hopes for the colt all along, Wolf said: “Not really. He just started coming around lately. He does act like he’ll run all day.”

Starlight had one of the early Kentucky Derby favorites in Algorithms, but that colt incurred a minor injury in late February and was ruled out of the Triple Crown chase.

Gennadi Dorochenko, the Russian-born trainer who wowed the racing world by sending out Hero of Order to win the Louisiana Derby at 109-1 from post 12, told Leach he wasn’t all that surprised by the victory.

“When I got to New Orleans, the man says, ‘I got bad news for you,’  ” said Dorochenko. “I said, ‘What’s that,’ and he said, ‘You have post position 13,’ and I said, ‘No! That’s good, that’s my lucky number in America.” A scratched horse actually moved Hero of Order in by one gate, and the colt carried saddlecloth number 11.

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Toyota Blue Grass S., Post Time: 6:18 ET Saturday

Purse: $750,000; 1 1/8 miles

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Heavy Breathing

T. Pletcher

C. Lanerie

12-1

1

Gung Ho

M. Maker

E. Prado

30-1

1

Prospective

M. Casse

L. Contreras

10-1

1

Hansen

M. Maker

R. Dominguez

6-5

1

Russian Greek

G. Dorochenko

M. Mena

50-1

1

Dullahan

D. Romans

K. Desourmeaux

6-1

1

Politicallycorrect

W. Ward

E. Trujillo

30-1

1

Midnight Crooner

B. Baffert

G. Gomez

15-1

1

Holy Candy

J. Sadler

J. Rosario

30-1

1

Howe Great

H. Motion

J. Castellano

6-1

1

Ever So Lucky

J. Sheppard

J. Leparoux

12-1

1

Hero of Order

G. Dorochenko

E. Martin, Jr.

12-1

1

Scatman

M. Lauer

S. Bridgmohan

12-1

 

Agingtombster More than 1 year ago
It would be interesting if Howe Great won the race AND got into a fight! Living up to his namesake?
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
Amazing but true - Hero of Order could hit the board again - yes not super likely but definitely possible based on Beyer figs and running style. I think Hansen's connections were super smart to go this route - running on synthetic will take less out of the horse and the competition is much lighter than in any of the other big name preps. Hansen runs 1 or 2 without being used and goes to the KD fresh and reday to fire.
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
race is LOADED with speed..only way Hansen wins is to try to gun to lead(be the speed of the speed) and hold off dullahan...they will be cooking up front thats all i know...and i wont be using Hansen especially with that ridiculous morning line of 6-5...never been this far plus all the speed and the Gotham was like MSW race...
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
Have to agree - using 3-Prospective & 6-Dullahan in the pick-4 with a sprinkling of some 9-Holy Candy & 10-Howe Great on my tickets.