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Eclipse Champion Hansen Expected to Return in Holy Bull
By Jack Will
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing’s undefeated 3-year-old Hansen was acclaimed 2011 Eclipse champion 2-year-old in ceremonies in Beverly Hills, Calif. Monday evening, and trainer Mike Maker has him on target to launch his campaign toward the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at one mile on Sun., Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park.
A roan/gray Kentucky homebred colt by Tapit, Hansen went wire-to-wire to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last out at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 by a head over favorite Union Rags after a pair of double-digit victories at Turfway Park to begin his career. He has posted a steady string of workouts over the Gulfstream track over the last month in preparation for his return.
Also nominated for the Holy Bull and considered probable/possible to start are Starlight Stable’s Algorithms (Todd Pletcher), Darley Stable’s Consortium (Kiaran McLaughlin), Lori and George Hall’s My Adonis (Kelly Breen) and Jacks or Better Farm’s Fort Loudon (Stanley Gold).
Algorithms and Consortium are both sons of leading sire Bernardini and met in a 6 1/2-furlong ‘a other than’ allowance race over the track on Dec. 16, finishing one-two, and Algorithm taking a one-length decision. Both colts were making their second career starts after impressive debut victories in New York.
Sharing the spotlight on the Sun., Jan. 29 card with the Holy Bull will be the $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. Peachtree Stable’s Sacristy was impressive winning the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3) by 1 ¾ lengths over Rick Shanley’s Say a Novena going six furlongs on Jan. 1 and a rematch appears likely in the Forward Gal.