By Dick Downey
Hansen is among 11 horses under consideration for the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14.
Trained by Mike Maker, Hansen won the Grade III Gotham in his most recent start and is preparing for the Toyota Blue Grass at the Trackside Training Center in Louisville. He was 2-year-old champion last year after winning the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Hansen would be the first reigning 2-year-old champion to run in the Toyota Blue Grass since Street Sense used the race as a springboard to victory in the 2007 Kentucky Derby.
Keeneland racing secretary Ben Huffman has 10 other horses considered as probable or possible for the Toyota Blue Grass.
Chief among the probables is Dullahan, winner of the Grade I Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity and a half-brother to Mine That Bird. Dullahan, who finished fourth behind Hansen in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will be seeking to join Round Table (1957) as the horse to complete a Breeders’ Futurity-Blue Grass double.
Also under consideration for the Toyota Blue Grass are:
--Adirondack King, whose tack was recently moved to Keeneland from Oaklawn Park after he finished seventh in the Grade II Rebel Stakes for trainer John Servis;
--Drill, most recently winner of the Grade II San Vicente Stakes for Bob Baffert;
--Jonathan Sheppard's Ever So Lucky, who's raced once this year, finishing third in the Grade III Swale
--Gung Ho, the Mike Maker trainee who finished second in the Rushaway Stakes;
--Holy Candy, recent Santa Anita maiden winner from the barn of John Sadler;
--Howe Great, winner of the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes for Graham Motion;
--Politicallycorrect, a Feb. 26 allowance winner trained by Wesley Ward;
--Prospective, Mark Casse's winner of the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby; and
--Raconteur, trained by Todd Pletcher and winner of the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel.
State of Play, winner of the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park in his most recent start and winner of the Grade II With Anticipation last year at Saratoga, is expected to be entered in the Grade III Transylvania at 1 1/16 mile on the turf on opening day.