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Back Where He Started: Hansen at TP

3/7/2012

Hansen, who broke his maiden at Turfway Park in his debut, is back at the track after winning the Grade III Gotham in New York last Saturday.

He'll school in the paddock on Friday evening between the sixth and seventh races, according to the colt’s breeder and majority owner, Kendall Hansen, M.D. Hansen is expected to be in the paddock around 8:00 p.m. ET.

He's also expected to stretch his legs on the track during training hours on Friday morning, likely about 6:00 a.m., said trainer Mike Maker.

Hansen will be taken to Louisville on Saturday to continue his training, said Maker. He's been at Turfway since Monday.

For his trip to the Gotham Stakes winner’s circle, Dr. Hansen wore a bright blue T-shirt with the phrase "The Great White Hope 05.05.12."The shirts, produced by Overlay Apparel, will be available at Turfway on Friday for $20 each.  

Dr. Hansen, a Northern Kentucky pain management specialist, said he'll donate his portion of the shirt sale proceeds to New Vocations, a racehorse retraining and adoption organization.

Hansen started his career with two races at Turfway, breaking his maiden on Sept. 9 and next winning the Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile on Sept. 24.  In his third start, Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, he held off Union Rags to win the Grade I Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a head. In his debut this year, he finished second to Algorithms in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes.

Hansen is expected to make his next start in the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7.

--Edited Turfway Park release

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