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.

TJ Ward More than 1 year ago
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?
David G. More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
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!
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Please just dont sell him off to the Japanese!
Kendall Hansen More than 1 year ago
thanks for the comments Mark....no he will stay in Kentucky even if I get offered less money. Can't put a price on being able to take a short drive and spend some time with him now and then when we are both retirement.
Perl More than 1 year ago
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.
Kendall Hansen More than 1 year ago
I think you are exactly right. They ran the last furlong in the Woody Stephens in about 13 seconds. I think Hansen could have passed him in deep stretch if he was not already in front. Trinniberg is the real deal, though and awesome up close. Just wish he would have passed on the Derby, ...I think Bodemeister likely would have won it then.
Kendall Hansen More than 1 year ago
As for 7f. Mike Maker has convinced me that Hansen is much more relaxed than before the Kentucky Derby and deserves another chance at 9 and perhaps 10f. (Travers Stakes) The Iowa Derby backs that up. And with the experience, mental maturity, and fact that he is still physically growing....it will hopefully be an interesting second half of the year.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Yes, I would love to see Hansen running in the Travers at the Spa. The West Virginia Derby is a good choice. Same grade as the Jim Dandy and more $$. Many times we have seen milers getting 9 furlongs at Saratoga winning the Jim Dandy stylishly only to crash and burn in the Travers, horses like A Little Warm, Kensei, Purge, Strong Hope. I also think that Hansen is a 9f horse who can get 10f at Saratoga, and could very well romp like Medaglia d'Oro if it comes up sloppy.
Todd Roberts More than 1 year ago
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!
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
It's amazing what a horse can do when he's allowed to do the the talking and not his owner.
Kendall Hansen More than 1 year ago
Ignore me....I would.....I think he will continue grow and mature....and if it helps I will try to shut up....lol
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
This has got to be Dr. Hansen's publicist. The good doctor assured me that he does not type LOL.
Christopher Olson More than 1 year ago
i have never been so impressed with this colt.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
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.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Sorry, I meant Grade 1 races. This proves I should never post while cooking Sunday dinner. - LOL. Cooking Sunday dinner wins every time. - LOL.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
This was a 5 horse field. Do the math assuming 25% track take-out: 1) huge bridge jumping interest on Hansen to place, so there's no more $$ to pay to the other place horse. 2) almost everyone put Hansen on top in the exacta, almost no one used Macho Bull. So $6.50 for $1 exacta payout sounds perfectly fair.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't shocked or angry by the small payout on the exacta. With a stone chalk on top in Hansen, there was no way the exacta would pay more than a thimbleful of money. I didn't even bother with the exacta. The place payout was a disappointment, though. I certainly did not expect them to pay anywhere near fifteen dollars, but I did expect them to get closer to the nine dollar mark. I am not a neophyte in this, believe me. I've been betting horses since I was a kid, when my parents would take me to the track on Family Days to see the horses up close and personal. I know a lot of people would like to think I am new at this, but I'm not. I'm a seasoned veteran, despite my age.
Maria Kern More than 1 year ago
My favorite good looking white horse is back!
B More than 1 year ago
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.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Dude, He was Juvy Champ... He's gotta face 'em. If they can keep that owner in a cage this Colt might have half a chance.
Kendall Hansen More than 1 year ago
so I bred him. I put his team together. And what does my personality have to do with how he runs on the track???....I will tell you.....nothing!!
Amy Davis More than 1 year ago
Hansen has faced the BEST, and WON! I am so thrilled about his win, so happy to see him back, and healthy. Once in a while, I totally fall in love with a horse, and this year, it has been Hansen!!!!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
IF - You are Kendall Hansen, you need to learn not to puke over Your Colt's Trainer. He, too is a professional and deserves respect. So does the Colt.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I did mean to say over Trainer's shoulder... But you knew that, right? And Man, you sure got alotta time on your hands.
Kendall Hansen More than 1 year ago
yeah extra time after getting back from Iowa Derby, and my fiance is in Ukraine maybe until November (waiting for fiance visa)....Now if she was here for the run up to the Kentucky Derby this spring I wouldn't have had that extra time on my hands and gotten so controvertial. I don't understand what you mean about my trainer Mike Maker, and not respecting him or the horse?....explain ..what is bothering you?....I will try to answer
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
Dude, you got a good horse. And you're absolutely right that he fits at a distance. The Derby was impossible. Thats the only race he faded. Good luck to you