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Hansen Tops Blue Grass Hopefuls


Hansen, champion juvenile colt of 2011, heads 11 horses being pointed to the 88th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland on April 14.

Owned by Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing, Hansen won the Gotham Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct in his most recent start. He continues to train under the watchful eye of Michael Maker at Trackside Training Center in Louisville, Ky.

Chief among the other 10 according to Keeneland Publicity is Donegal Racing’s Dullahan, winner of the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and a half-brother to 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Dullahan, who finished fourth behind Hansen in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will be seeking to join Round Table (1956-57) as the only horse to complete a Breeders’ Futurity-Blue Grass double.

Also on the list is Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective from the barn of Mark Casse; Adirondack King, Drill, Ever So Lucky, Gungo Ho, Holy Candy, Howe Great, Politicallycorrect and Raconteur.

Hansen/NYRA photo