10/08/2013 11:35AM

Hansen sold to stand in South Korea

Barbara D. Livingston
Champion Hansen, who began his stallion career at Ashford Stud in Kentucky, has been sold to South Korean interests.

Champion Hansen has been sold to continue his stud career in South Korea, becoming the latest stallion exported to that country’s burgeoning racing and breeding industry.

Hansen, a 4-year-old son of Tapit, began his stud career this season at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. The horse’s former co-owner, breeder, and namesake Dr. Kendall Hansen confirmed the sale to the Blood-Horse on Oct. 8

Hansen, trained by Mike Maker for Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing, won his first two career starts at Turfway Park, including the Kentucky Cup Juvenile, by a combined 25 1/2 lengths in the fall of 2011. He then held off eventual classic winner Union Rags by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, locking up the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male.

As a 3-year-old, Hansen won the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes and the Grade 3 Iowa Derby – the latter by 10 lengths – and finished second in both the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes and Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes. He suffered a partial tear to a left front tendon while training for the Travers Stakes and was forced into retirement, concluding his career with five wins from nine starts for earnings of $1,810,805.

Nine mares carrying foals from Hansen’s only U.S. crop will be offered at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, which begins Nov. 5. The group includes Grade 1-placed Orinoquia; Proud Indian, a half-sister to the dam of Kentucky Oaks winner Summerly; Bayani, a winning half-sister to the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Tapitsfly, also by Tapit; and Del Rae, a close relation to Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled.

Other U.S.-based stallions recently exported to Korea include multiple Grade 1 winner Rock Hard Ten and multiple graded stakes winner Chapel Royal, both of whom stood their first seasons in that country in 2013. The latter is the sire of the 2011 Korean Horse of the Year Ace Galloper.

Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Afleet Again was a $30,000 purchase by Korean interests at last year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Other stallions in the country include 2000 Belmont Stakes winner Commendable, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Volponi, and classic-placed Peace Rules and Menifee.

Linda Mitchell-Bender More than 1 year ago
I sure would like to buy one of those babies in November! Hope my ship comes in!!!
Linda Mitchell-Bender More than 1 year ago
He was a great colt with a big heart! Few like him come along and if you are lucky enough to get one, you hold on to them. I loved Sunday Silence and he was sold to Japan. I have never gotten over that and will probably never get over this!! It is all about the $$$$$s. I hope he proves to be a great producer and the powers that be choke on it!!!!!!! Dr. Hansen still owns Hansen's Damn and I believe she is to have a colt by Tapit in the spring. I really do not expect a repeat as a horse like Hansen is a gift! a special one that doesn't come along often.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Can we ship 'Dr' Hansen and get the Colt back???
david More than 1 year ago
One of the best comments I've read here.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
not impressed More than 1 year ago
According to the Bloodhorse, Dr. Hansen stated he never thought Hansen would be sold overseas or he would have put that in the contract he could not be sold there. Apparently Dr. Hansen tried to buy him back but the Koreans offered way more money for him. That's unusual for Coolmore to sell a stallion after his first season at stud. But then they are the pit of great stallion makers. They often give up on stallions before they have a chance and then regret it later. I know I'd never let them partner with me on any horse, no matter how much they offered to buy in. You're pretty much guaranteed the horse won't stay on this continent for long and will disappear into oblivion.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Dr. Hansen would sell his children if the price was right.Anyone that would paint a horses tail blue and make his nurses dress up for a race is a dirt bag.The Whitney and Vanderbuilt's are turning in their graves.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
When Hansen was initially retired, some wondered if this would ultimately be in the cards for him. It's business (fortunately and unfortunately). Big came, Big money conquered. God bless Hansen.
carol More than 1 year ago
he can meet up with Rock Hard Ten who is already there....looks like the "powers that be" were not sending mares to him....basic non-support
Linda Mitchell-Bender More than 1 year ago
His daddy stands in the USA, maybe this had something to do with it.
Pam Harris More than 1 year ago
I hope there is a buy back clause.
Terra Pennington More than 1 year ago
Yep so he does not end up at a slaughter house...
Rachel More than 1 year ago
There is a buy back clause (bloodhorse article states this) if his first season at stud in Korea isnt good. However, Korea can buy him back if his first crop produces winners
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Actually the buy back clause is for his for only USA Crop. If they do well, then Coolmore has the option to buy him back. They messed up with Lionheart so guess they didn't want to miss an opportunity again. But as I said, Coolmore likes to buy horses but not promote or let them develop.