The top three finishers in Saturday’s Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland exited Lexington in a hurry.
Winner Dullahan returned to Dale Romans’ base at Churchill Downs and Hansen and Gung Ho returned to trainer Mike Maker’s barn at the Trackside Training Center in Louisville on Sunday, Keeneland Publicity reported.
As for Dullahan, Romans said the colt came out of the Blue Grass in fine shape.
“He looks great this morning, like he hadn’t run at all,” trainer Dale Romans said of Dullahan, whose two career victories have come over Keeneland’s Polytrack surface.
“I think he will run well on dirt,” Romans said of the half-brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. “He ran a big race in the Breeders’ Cup last fall and he is better this year. He should handle the surface.”
Trainer Mike Maker said all was well with Hansen and Gung Ho on Sunday morning. “Both of them got back safe and sound and are fine this morning,” Maker said.
Hansen, with $1,550,000 in graded stakes earnings, will be the top money earner in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Gung Ho picked up $75,000 in the Toyota Blue Grass, but has only $76,000 in graded money that does not figure to be enough to make the Derby field that is limited to the top 20 horses entered by graded stakes earnings.
“We are just going to soak it all in for now,” Maker said. “I’m not sure where he (Gung Ho) will run next but the American Turf is among the possibilities.”
Holy Candy and Midnight Crooner, the fourth- and eighth-place finishers, respectively, left Keeneland shortly after 6 a.m. for a flight back to their Southern California base.
Keeneland Publicity contributed to this report.