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Prairie Meadows: Hansen much the best in 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.
Can't knock an owner for being excited about his horse! Any chance Mike Maker lets you dye Hansen's tail red for the Travers?
Please Mr. Kendall, bring your colt to Saratoga this summer, he will relish the two turns in the Jim Dandy at a mile and an eighth.
Hansen was my favorite horse BEFORE the Juvenile. I cashed a nice winner on him in the Juvenile. I ripped up a ticket on him in the Derby. I STILL love him. He is bred wonderfully and looks like a King's horse. He has the right jockey that does not look to jump ship just because the derby didnt suit the colt. The Iowa Derby was an absolute paid workout. But it was a great decision to run there. Hansen was able to put the Derby behind him and remember what its like to run competitors off their feet. It was a great confidence builder for the horse and jockey. Dr. Hansen, if youre still out there, always keep to what you think is right and as long as the horses safety and well-being is always first, no one can say a negative thing about you that should stick. I hope that he trains well and can have a shot at the BC Classic. My trip is booked!
I would love to see him try 7f. How about putting him in the G1 Kings Bishop at the spa? I think he could demolish Trinniberg, but maybe I'm wrong about that.
Nice, impressive win. Congrats to Hansen and his connections. I read the comment string below and it looks as though he'll be aimed for The Travers. Excellent! God-speed, Hansen. This is one racing fan that would love to see you at Saratoga!
It's amazing what a horse can do when he's allowed to do the the talking and not his owner.
i have never been so impressed with this colt.
It's nice to have Hansen back on track again. He looked strong the entire race. I hope Dr. Hansen has plans to place Hansen in some of the major Class 1 races in the Fall. It looks like he's ready to race with his Kentucky Derby colleagues again. It was nice to see Hero of Order prove he likes racing on dirt - he looked much better racing again on dirt. About the payouts: Hero of Order went off somewhere around 21-1 and paid far less than $10 to place. The exacta was almost laughably small. Prairie Meadows should increase their payouts.
My favorite good looking white horse is back!
Very precocious overrated horse, though he might turn out to be a good middle distance horse, but even then, still not sure he's good enough to face the best.
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