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Hansen to Miss Scheduled Start in Woody Stephens Stakes


Hansen will miss his next scheduled start in Saturday’s Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) on Belmont Stakes day because of a low blood count, Daily Racing Form reported Monday.

“His blood is a little out of whack,” Maker told Daily Racing Form. “He gave us an indication something was wrong, we pulled a blood on him, and he was not 100 percent. We’ll wait a little bit to run him.”

Maker related that Hansen does not have to be taken out of training.

Plans for Hansen are undetermined. Hansen finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) in his last start for Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing. He won this year’s Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct before finishing second to Dullahan in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

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  • Michenka

    They pushed him too hard to get him in the Derby.

  • Pegfrench

    What would cause a low blood count except bleeding or anemia?

    • Michael W. Compton

       Peg, according to a veterinary clinic: A low white blood cell count means that large numbers of white cells have left the
      bloodstream and entered the tissues of the body; or that there has been a
      destruction or under-production of white cells. All of these things mean that
      there is excessive activity occurring and performance will be down. Common
      causes of low white cell Counts in adult horses are viruses, acute inflammatory
      stimuli (eg. travel sickness), acute trauma, reduced
      immune responses, and prolonged chronic stresses (eg. growth,
      overwork, pain).

  • suitcase

    Blue paint got into his system!