07/01/2012 10:49AM

Prairie Meadows: Hansen much the best in Iowa Derby

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Hansen, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, romps to a 10-length win in the Iowa Derby.

ALTOONA, Iowa -- 2011 champion 2-year-old colt Hansen lived up to his lofty reputation by winning the Grade 3, $245,000 Iowa Derby by 10 lengths Saturday night at Prairie Meadows.

Sent to the front from his inside berth by his regular rider Ramon Dominguez, Hansen led four other 3-year-olds on a procession. Responding strongly when briefly roused Dominguez into the stretch, Hansen quickly opened up six lengths on the stalking local hero Alsvid. The Mike Maker- trained Hansen was not fully extended in handily getting the Iowa Derby's 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.01.

Louisiana Derby winner Hero of Order hugged the rail for most of the way and stayed on to finish second, 3 1/2 lengths in front of fellow Gennadi Dorochenko trainee Macho Bull, who had rallied from a distant last.

The Steve Asmussen-trained Truetap was unable to make an impact throughout and 7-1 second choice Alsvid weakened into fifth place.

Hansen, last seen chasing Bodemeister's pace and fading to ninth in the May 5  Kentucky Derby, appeared revitalized and significantly calmer than in earlier appearances during his 3-year- old campaign.

Earning $150,000 for owners Kendall Hansen M. D. and Skychai Racing LLC, Hansen, a  roan son of Tapit, was a prohibitive favorite paying the minimum of $2.20 to win.

Uptown Bertie made her stakes debut a successful one when taking the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks by 2 1/4 lengths over five other 3-year-old fillies. Shipped in from Churchill Downs, Uptown Bertie, under jockey Julien Leparoux, made a strong forward thrust entering the stretch and remained clear thereafter.

Slight 6-5 favorite Ice Cream Silence uncorked a belated three-wide rally to gain second, three-quarters of a length ahead of deep closing 49-1 longshot Emona.

Uptown Bertie covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.34 and paid $5.20 as the second choice.

A homebred Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein-owned More Than Ready filly, Uptown Bertie added $120,000 to her lifetime earnings.