02/26/2012 3:13PM

Busy morning for Gotham probables

Barbara D. Livingston
Hansen, the 2-year-old champion of 2011, will make his next start in Saturday's Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.

Led by the 2-year-old champion Hansen, seven horses pointing to next Saturday’s Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct put in workouts Sunday morning at four different facilities.

At Gulfstream Park, in south Florida, Hansen worked five furlongs in 1:00.98 shortly after 6 a.m. Working by himself, Hansen was time by Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch in fractions of 24.98 seconds for the opening quarter and 36.76 for three furlongs, meaning he got his last quarter in 24.22. Welsch caught Hansen galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.38 and pulling up seven furlongs in 1:28.88.

Mike Maker, trainer of Hansen, said the colt had his most serious work Feb. 19, when he went five furlongs in 59 seconds in a move where he picked up company in the middle of the breeze.

Maker said Hansen was more relaxed in Sunday’s work “and went about his business in a professional way.”

Maker said that Hansen has schooled at the gate several times since the Holy Bull, a race in which he finished second to Algorithms after stumbling at the start.

At Palm Meadows in south Florida, trainer Todd Pletcher worked Dan and Sheila in company with the undefeated stakes winner Gemologist. Palm Meadows clocker Bryan Walls caught the pair in 1:00.92 for five furlongs, with a final quarter of 24.32 into a strong headwind.

Pletcher’s other Gotham starter, Raconteur, was one of three Gotham probables to work over Belmont Park’s training track Sunday morning.
Raconteur, winner of two straight over Aqueduct’s inner track, went four furlongs in 48.54 in company with Calibrachoa, who will attempt a repeat of his 2011 Tom Fool victory when that race is run again Saturday.

The two went together through an opening eighth in 12.61 and a quarter in 24.36, with Calibrachoa getting to the line about a neck in front through a final quarter in 24.18.

Also at Belmont, Consortium worked four furlongs in company with Redding Colliery, the pair going in 49.42 after an opening quarter in 24.51. The pair didn’t gallop out impressively, though assistant trainer Art Magnuson said he wasn’t looking for much of a gallop out.
Magnuson said Redding Colliery, who was being considered for the Santa Anita Handicap, would run instead in the Grade 3, $200,000 Excelsior at Aqueduct on March 17.

Hardened Wildcat, who has won his last two starts sprinting, worked five furlongs in 1:01.73 in company with the stakes winner Beggarthyneighbor. The two went off in fractions of 12.99, 25.10, and 36.99 and came home in 24.74. Beggartheyneighbor, winner of the Dancing Count Stakes at Laurel on Jan. 28, is pointing  to the Fred “Cappy” Capossela Stakes here March 10.

Chad Brown, trainer of Hardened Wildcat, confirmed that the son of Hard Spun would get his first test around two turns in the Gotham.

Trainer Kelly Breen had My Adonis vanned from Belmont to Aqueduct on Sunday morning, where he worked five furlongs in 1:01.32 in company with East Side Charlie.

Also at Aqueduct, King and Crusader, winner of three straight, including the Jimmy Winfield Stakes going six furlongs on Jan. 16, worked five furlongs in 1:01.30.

As of Sunday, others pointing to the Gotham included Maryland-based runners Done Talking, Pretension, Tiger Walk, and Cop a Tude, and the south Florida-based pair of Maan and Stealcase.

The Gotham is limited to 14 starters.

Hansen, Dan and Sheila, Maan, and Stealcase are due in from south Florida on a flight scheduled to arrive in New York on Wednesday afternoon.