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Champion Hansen Works In Preparation for Sunday's Holy Bull
By Ed Gray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Newly crowned Eclipse Award champion Hansen breezed five furlongs Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park, completing his important preparation for a return to action in next Sunday’s $400,000 Holy Bull (G3).
The 2011 juvenile champion was clocked in 59.81 while working in company with stakes-winning stablemate Lou Brissie, who was timed in 1:00 1/5. Hansen’s work was the third fastest of 39 recorded at the distance.
“It was nothing out of character,” trainer Michael Maker said. “He worked just fine.”
Maker expressed satisfaction with Hansen’s preparation for his 2012 debut in the one-mile Holy Bull, which is expected to also include Algorithms and Consortium, the 1-2 finishers in a recent Gulfstream allowance, Fort Loudon, who swept the 2011 Florida Stallion Series, and stakes winner My Adonis.
“We’ve had no bumps in the road,” said Maker, whose 3-year-old colt completed his undefeated 2011 season with a front-running victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs. “Hopefully, that trend continues”
Hansen has never been headed in three starts, including back-to-back triumphs at Turfway Park by 12 ¼ and 13 ¼ lengths leading up to his game triumph by a head over previously undefeated Union Rags in the Juvenile that clinched an Eclipse Award. Maker said Hansen’s one-dimensional and breathtaking front-running style presents no imposing challenges in his training or racing performances.
“It’s no different than a closer, you’re dependent on the pace. You just hope no one makes him go quicker earlier than he has to,” Maker said.
Hansen is Maker’s first Eclipse champion.
“It means we did something right,” he said.