Bettors were pretty sure they didn't see this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner among the 23 individual choices in pool 1 of the 2012 Derby future wager, making the mutuel field the 3-2 choice.
Bettors continued their strong support for both the "All Others" option and Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner Union Rags (#23) at the close of wagering Feb. 11.
Juvenile champion Hansen, attempting to rebound from his first loss in last month's Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), is scheduled to make his next start in the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct March 3.
The mutuel field wagering interest that includes all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds other than the 23 individual betting interests in Kentucky Derby Future Wager, was the odds-on choice at 3-5 after the first day of Pool 1.
In the Holy Bull, it was Starlight Racing's Algorithms, who captured his first stakes race and stamped himself as one to watch on the Triple Crown trail.
The first of three pools of Churchill Downs' 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager will begins Feb. 10. The mutuel field was installed as the 9-5 morning line choice for KDFW Pool 1.
Headed by 2-year-old champion male Hansen, 397 horses were nominated to the Triple Crown series before the Jan. 21 early nomination deadline, representing a 9.1% increase over the 364 during the 2011 early nominating period.
Hansen, the 2011 champion 2-year-old male and winner of the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and grade I winner and BC runner-up Union Rags, were assigned 126 pounds on the annual Experimental Free Handicap.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Holy Bull Stakes and Sunshine Millions Day from Gulfstream Park watch video
Algorithms overtook juvenile champion Hansen approaching mid-stretch en route to an easy victory in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, handing the odds-on favorite the first defeat of his career.
Will this year's compact field yield an established favorite or an improving horse in the winner's circle when the Holy Bull Stakes is run Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park?
All eyes will be on juvenile champion Hansen Jan. 29 as he begins his much-anticipated Triple Crown quest in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Steve and Lenny have an amazing interview with David Milch, creator of Luck. They also discuss Mr. Bowling, Hansen and NBC hosting the Breeders' Cup coverage. watch video
Newly crowned juvenile champion Hansen breezed five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Jan. 22, completing the main preparation for his 3-year-old seasonal debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).
Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing's undefeated 3-year-old Hansen is still on target to launch his campaign in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Lenny and Steve review the Eclipse Award ceremony and the winners, Lasix, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm Watch Video
A gritty win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs put Hansen squarely in the mix for an Eclipse Award and on Jan. 16 he was honored as champion 2-year-old male.
In the Horse of the Year category, fans made the multiple grade I winner Havre de Grace their top pick with 4,249 votes.
There were few surprises when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters on Jan. 5 announced the finalists for 2011 Eclipse Awards.
Trainer Dale Romans had Michael Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Shackleford on the track at Gulfstream Park for his first breeze of the season Jan. 7.
Dr. Kendall Hansen, majority owner of 2011 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Hansen, will present a check for $12,000 to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program Jan. 7 at Turfway Park.
Lenny and Steve discuss the Eclipse Award for 2-year-old male, the Horse of the Year, Frankel, the lack of leadership in horse racing, and the downgrading of the Hopeful Stakes. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm Watch Video
Gainesway Farm announces their stud fees for 2012; leading sire Tapit, sire of Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Hansen to stand for $125,000.
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The Breeders' Cup World Championships never fails to deliver...in a mostly good way. read blog
2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships - Day 2: Photos of the day two winners at the 2011 Breeders' Cup. view slideshow
Hansen, a local horse coming off of pair of dominating wins at Turfway Park, desperately held off heavy favorite Union Rags to win a thriller in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Churchill.
Dr. Kendall Hansen believes his 2-year-old colt, the undefeated Hansen, is heading into the Nov. 5 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile in excellent shape, but he's trying not to be overconfident.
Champions have gotten their start at Turfway Park over the years. And though the return of the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions generated a buzz, a performance on the racetrack Sept. 24 generated a bigger buzz.
Images from WinStar Kentucky Cup Day, September 24, 2011. View Slideshow
In a span just over a half-hour, trainer Mike Maker and jockey Victor Lebron teamed up to win a pair of Kentucky Cup races with flare.
A well-matched stakes undercard featuring a pair of grade III events and two other races worth $100,000 apiece supports the WinStar Kentucky Cup in its return to Turfway Park Sept. 24 after a one-year absence.
Graded stakes winner Fabulous Frolic will stand the 2004 breeding season for $1,500 as the property of Kevin Hansen at Eames Thoroughbreds near Malad, Idaho.
Little Current, who won the 1974 Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont (gr. I) Stakes the year he was champion 3-year-old male, was euthanized Jan. 16
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