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Hansen headed for West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer
By Marty McGee
Mountaineer Park in West Virginia could be getting a surplus of big-name Kentucky horses for its biggest day of the year, Aug. 4.
Not only is Hansen, a 1-10 winner of the Iowa Derby on Saturday night, scheduled to make his next start that day in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby for trainer Mike Maker, but the Garry Simms-trained duo that swept the two big Churchill stakes for 2-year-olds, Blueeyesintherein and Circle Unbroken, also could race on the undercard in the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies and $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile, respectively.
Dr. Kendall Hansen, majority owner of Hansen, also is a minority partner in the Travis Morgeson V partnerships that have ownership interests in both of the Simms 2-year-olds.
“Dr. Hansen said he thought he’d have three horses running at Mountaineer,” said Dr. Harvey Diamond, the managing partner in Skychai Stables, a minority owner in Hansen. “We’re thinking about renting an RV and a driver and making a big day of it.”
FYI-Union Rags has been retired. Same Injury as I"ll Have Another. This is the chance you take when you run babies, too hard with all of the prep it takes to get them ready for the few big races. Look back so far this year and see how many we have lost to injury! So very sad.
I was in hopes that Hansen would run in the W.Va. Derby before going to the Travers. Have any of you been to the W. Va. Derby? The track at Mountaineer is very well kept and the facility is very nice. You are treated very good by the track, stewards, racing office etc. I have been there for the Derby before and it was standing room only, can't imagine what it will be like with Hansen in the field. Did any of you ever hear of Seabiscuit? His owner compaigned him all over the country. In those days they traveled by train and The B's owner took him out at every stop where crowds of people were waiting to get just a peek at him. I am very glad that Hansen's connections have taken this route and I wish them the best. By the way, for those who don't know, it takes a lot of money to keep a horse like Hansen going. You run and win when you can, and a Derby is a Derby grade 1,2 or 3. They all look good on paper. Dr. Hansen plans on running Hansen this year, next year and maybe even as a 5 year old! How many of his piers would say that. He is in it for the LOVE OF THE GAME. Believe you me, as a proir owner, there is nothing better than a win, no matter what kind of race it is. Winning a race with one of your own horses is the most exciting thing I have ever experienced. It doesn't matter what track, what race or how much the purse is, a win is a win is a win and they are all better than sex!
hansen will win in WV and the win the Travers at a price. Great strategy to get a price on him in saratoga by putting him in the worst tracks ever.
Reminds me of Lost Code who shipped all over the country to run in the secound tier Iowa Derby type races. I can't blame them. Get the money and pick your spots for the top races.
i WOULD SOOOOO LIKE TO SIT ON HIM.....GOING 35 MPH
Running in 2nd string races almost scored Caleb's Posse the 3 yo championship last year. He skipped the entire Triple Crown, Haskell, Travers, JC Gold Cup and BC Classic and still had people saying he should be Champ. At least Hansen was in the Derby and is supposed to be in the Travers.
The Mountaineer Derby should have been Saturday or today. It would be competing with the Iowa Derby, Dwyer and Swaps for good 3yos instead of the Haskell and Jim Dandy. It would get a lot better field than it will in a few weeks competing with the Haskell and Jim Dandy. I think today would be perfect timing for the West Virginia Derby.
Well at least he is still racing. Who cares what he is or isn't in terms of one or two turns or 8 or 9 panels. I love this horse because he is very unique and fun to watch. Im not a big fan of the doc but love the horse. At least he didn't get sold and shipped to Japan! As a Midwesterner im glad they brought him to Iowa for those fans to watch and Mountaineer are you kidding those folks in west Virginia are in for a real treat. Enjoy the sport people and stop being mean. He is a beautiful horse and yeah he may not get the distances that the other grade 1 favs can but honestly who cares. Appreciate the horse....please.
maybe its time to have a few super races like grade 1a or something above these minor derbies.Most of the big outfits with the superstar horses do not want to ship into these little bullrings.end of story .i cannot blame them either.I watched the iowa derby and it was BORING!...Memo to Prairie Meadows I and i presume any other serious bettors would not bet a nickel on silly races like that with 1/9 favorites.
Some of you people are just downright rude!
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