03/18/2012 10:25AM

Hansen returns to work tab with easy half-mile breeze

Churchill Downs
Hansen worked a half-mile in 50.40 seconds at Churchill Downs Trackside on Sunday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Juvenile champion Hansen breezed an easy half-mile in 50.40 seconds at Churchill Downs Trackside on Sunday in preparation for the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 7 at Aqueduct. The work marked his first breeze since taking the March. 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.

With exercise rider Joel Barrientos aboard, Hansen breezed comfortably while never being asked for speed over a fast but drying-out racetrack. He went evenly, with Daily Racing Form timing him galloping out five furlongs in 1:06.20.

Trainer Mike Maker said before the work that he was looking for a slow half-mile. He said he was pleased with Hansen’s breeze and would aim to work Hansen twice more before the Wood.

“If everything goes well, he’ll either work back [next] Saturday or Sunday and then the following Saturday or Sunday,” he said.

Other leading Kentucky Derby prospects reportedly under consideration for the Wood include My Adonis, Alpha, and Our Entourage.



Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
if Alpha goes--he probably loses Ramon to Hansen Fla Derby has Union Rages and thats about it--i hope Alpha stays in florida
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
union rags and thats it? ever heard of El Padrino?