01/17/2012 4:40PM

Gulfstream Park: Hansen to return in Holy Bull

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Tom Keyser
Hansen, the 2011 champion juvenile male, will make his 3-year-old debut in the one-mile, Grade 3 Holy Bull on Jan. 29.

Newly crowned Eclipse Award winner Hansen is expected to make his 3-year-old debut in the one-mile, Grade 3 Holy Bull on Jan. 29. The race closed with 52 nominations, but as of Monday, Bork said only four of those appear committed to the event, a group that along with Hansen includes Algorithms, Consortium, and My Adonis.

Trainer Stanley Gold, who guided Awesome Feather to her Eclipse Award-winning campaign in 2010, said he is considering the Holy Bull for Fort Loudon who has not started since finishing a wide-running seventh behind Hansen in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

“I wasn’t sure if he could be ready in time for the Holy Bull, but he’s come around pretty quick with four works now,” Gold said following Fort Loudon’s most recent breeze last weekend at Calder. “And if he works good next week, I think we’ll go.”

One Holy Bull nominee who worked lights out here last weekend but will skip the event is Cozzetti. Trainer Dale Romans has instead chosen Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy for Cozzetti’s 3-year-old bow. The son of Cozzene, who finished a disappointing eighth in his 2-year-old finale in Hollywood Park’s Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, was extremely impressive breezing five furlongs over the turf in 59.61 seconds while traveling effortlessly throughout and completing his final quarter around the dogs in 23.40 on Sunday.

◗ Javier Castellano, among the finalists for the Eclipse Award as top jockey in 2011, lengthened his lead atop the local standings with a hat trick Monday, all three of his victories coming on the grass. Castellano enters Thursday’s program with 34 winners during the current session, nine more than two-time defending champ Paco Lopez who will sit out this week serving a riding suspension.