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Hansen Gets Lesson in Rationing His Early Speed


Hansen breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 on Saturday at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Training Center in a workout that his connections hope was a learning experience one week out from the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Owned by Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing, Hansen engaged stablemate Derby Kitten, who was waiting in the stretch and the two ran together for about a quarter mile. Hansen galloped out six furlongs in 1:15, according to Churchill Downs Communications.

“We’re trying to harness the speed so if we put a workmate with him from the starting point of the work he has a tendency to be very aggressive,” Maker said. “So we just sprinkled it in the last part.”

Rather than trying to synch things at a specific pole, Maker said he told the rider on Derby Kitten to begin his work when he hooked up with Hansen.

“Basically, the plan was to try to get Hansen to go soft the first three-eighths, which he did, and then just finish up his last quarter, which he did,” Maker said.

 –Churchill Downs Communications contributed to this report.

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