06/12/2007 11:00PM

Golden Hare wins again


In Preakness winner Curlin, trainer Steve Asmussen has one of the best 3-year-olds in the country. Also residing in Asmussen's Churchill Downs barn is Golden Hare, one of the most prolific winners in the country over the past year.

Golden Hare, an 8-year-old gelding whose specialty is starter allowance races, made an excursion to Indiana Downs on Monday and promptly scored a 5 1/2-length win going five furlongs on the turf, a surface he had never previously tried. The victory was the 10th in Golden Hare's past 11 starts, dating back to Sept. 25 at Remington Park.

Golden Hare is owned by Scott Blasi, Asmussen's assistant at Churchill. Blasi claimed Golden Hare for $3,500 at Remington last Aug. 22. He was beaten a half-length that day despite not having raced in more than a year.

Nat Wess, the coordinator for the Claiming Crown, said Wednesday that Golden Hare has been nominated to that series, which will be held at Ellis Park on Aug. 4. The two most likely spots for Golden Hare would be the $50,000 Express or the $75,000 Rapid Transit, both at six furlongs.