Updated on 08/24/2012 2:02PM

Travers: Hansen out of race and likely to be retired with tendon injury

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Barbara D. Livingston
A tendon tear could end the career of Hansen, who was the juvenile champion last year.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Hansen, last year’s 2-year-old champion, became the latest casualty in the 3-year-old division Wednesday when it was discovered that he has a partial tear of the tendon in his left foreleg. The injury not only prevented him from making Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga, it most likely will lead to his retirement.

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Kendall Hansen, who owns Hansen along with Jimmy Shircliff’s and Harvey Diamond’s Sky Chai Racing, said that he will seek some other opinions, but was of the mindset Wednesday morning that the colt would be retired. Hansen would join Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, Belmont Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby seventh-place finisher Union Rags, and Derby and Preakness runner-up Bodemeister as horses that were retired before the fall of their 3-year-old season.

“If I can’t be assured he could come back 100 percent I probably won’t race him again,” Hansen said.

Among the other top 10 finishers in the Derby, Went the Day Well (fourth) is sidelined due to bruising of the cannon bone and Creative Cause (fifth) is in light training, but has not worked or raced since the Preakness. Dullahan (third) is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Pacific Classic at Del Mar while Liaison (sixth) is entered to run in Saturday’s $1 million Travers at Saratoga. Rousing Sermon (eighth) and Daddy Nose Best (10th) are both winless since the Triple Crown.

Since finishing ninth in the Kentucky Derby, Hansen won the Grade 3 Iowa Derby and, most recently, finished fourth in the West Virginia Derby. Hansen arrived in Saratoga on Monday and was preparing for a start in Saturday’s $1 million Travers. But hours before entries were to be made, Kendall Hansen received a call from trainer Mike Maker telling him there was swelling in the colt’s tendon.

“I’m heartbroken,” Hansen said. “We were supposed to be entering right now. There was no other speed in the race. We were going to put him on the lead and people thought we couldn’t go 10 furlongs and they were going to leave us alone.”

Hansen, a son of Tapit, won 5 of 9 starts, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which capped his championship campaign of 2011 in which he went 3 for 3. He earned $1,810,805.

Hansen also won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile at 2 and the Grade 3 Gotham.