Champion Hansen to Stand in South Korea

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Hansen shown winning the 2012 Iowa Derby Hansen shown winning the 2012 Iowa Derby

Eclipse Award winner Hansen has been sold and will stand in South Korea, it was reported by the Blood-Horse Tuesday.

Dr. Kendall Hansen, the former owner of the champion 2-year-old colt, confirmed the horse’s sale on Tuesday morning.

“Hansen left for Korea today,” Hansen told the publication. “The government there is apparently going full-throttle trying to improve their racing industry, and they really want top bloodlines for their program.”

Hansen, a 4-year-old son of leading sire Tapit, stood his first season at stud at Ashford Stud in 2013.

During his racing career, Hansen won five of nine starts and earned $1,810,805. Hanson was undefeated as a juvenile, capping his year with a victory in the G1 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The following year, Hansen posted wins in the G3 Gotham Stakes and the G3 Iowa Derby.

Hansen was bred in Kentucky by Dr. Hansen, and raced for Hansen and Skychai Racing. He was trained by Mike Maker.

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  • princessspiro

    Are you kidding me, is there no level that complete idiot will not stoop to. He ruined the horse in the first place with his moronic antics and now this. He should be banned from ever owing another race horse. I feel so awful for Hansen, he deserved better. I hope someone will follow him in the future to make certain when he is retired he can return to the United States for a peaceful retirement.

  • Tinky

    Presumably he will be allowed to court his mares with a blue mane and tail.

  • Stephanie

    Is the report out for # of mares bred out for this covering season? I wonder how many mares he got. I personally couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to breed to him, and apparently even with Ashford/Coolmores’ huge broodmare band I am guessing the support for him was not there.

    • Elizabeth

      Unlike you, Stephanie, I am a huge fan of Hansen. Several months ago, after trying to find out about mares bred to him, with no luck in the publications, I e-mailed Ashford and got a reply that Hansen had a full book of 130+ mares and that numerous mares were confirmed in foal to him. To me, that was wonderful news! I certainly hope S.Korea treats him well.

      • Beach

        It’s possible he could have become the Tapit people bred to because people could not afford the actual Tapit’s stud fee. And obviously no one wanted to wait long enough to see what Hansen was as a sire of racers, sires, or broodmares. I think 130+ mares is a respectable first-year book that one could get some good “data” out of. It has the potential to be South Korea’s gain. If American racing comes to regret it, so be it. Like you I just pray he is treated well and the “relations” between South Korea/North Korea don’t deteriorate. And every now and then, I hope there are some kind of updates on Hansen and Afleet Again, or any other horses of ours that are in South Korea. I too will always care, think, and pray about them.

  • riatea

    Wonder why the Doctor did not mention Hansen would be returned to the U.S. upon his retirement from stud. He did put some guarantees for his retirement in the contract right?

  • MyBigRed

    Oh, I don’t like this news……I pray when his time comes to retire after his stallion duties are finished, he comes back to the USA & hopefully to somewhere like, Old Friends, where they treat the Horses will real Love & Tender Care :)

    • Beach

      I was hoping this industry was coming to a point where it realized it needed to do better at some things, if not ALL things. But, I guess not. Since Hansen stood at Ashford, was he still owned by Dr. Hansen? I imagine it was Ashford who sold him to Korea, not his original owner. Unless someone is going to honestly tell me that the horses are well-cared for in Korea, and there is a buy-back or return clause in Hansen’s contract, then I do not have any dreams of a good outcome here. I don’t understand why they did this, other than for money. I have read educated, experienced, and informed people say on blogs like this that you don’t really know what you’ve got with a stud and his crops until after about 3 years. I’d like for someone to explain this to me, and correct me if I’m wrong for thinking it appears heartless and premature–and those are the polite words I can use.

      • RayPaulick

        South Korea is one of the most exciting new frontiers for Thoroughbred racing and breeding. The Korea Racing Authority has a model that I think will elevate the Korean-bred Thoroughbred to the world stage in the not-too-distant future. I don’t understand all of the hand-wringing that goes on when an American horse is exported because his prospects for success may be better there.

        I learned recently about a stallion “exported” from a Kentucky stud farm to another U.S. state and he wound up a few years later starving. Let’s be concerned about how we treated horses in this country.

        • Mezlan

          Ray, I think the fate of Ferdinand weighs on the minds of a lot of people. And while this is South Korea and not Japan, I think a lot of people would be interested in hearing if the Japanese breeding industry was shamed by the fate of Ferdinand and if they have taken precautions to make sure nothing similar happens in the future.

        • Beach

          I rested easy knowing Hansen was at Coolmore; the pictures of him there showed he was being well-cared-for. I was also happy when Kate Hunter give us visual updates on I’ll Have Another and some of his compatriots in Japan. I would love to see or know how Afleet Alex is doing in Korea. No word on him in what, 1-2 years?

          I no longer donate for small animal welfare because I also have 9 rescued pets in my home; the 10th I adopted from a show kennel but she would have gone to a wonderful home anyway; her original owner would not have allowed otherwise. And it’s not good but at least abandoned or neglected small animals are euthanized, as opposed to what we already know is sickening slaughter.

          Thus, I give every spare dime I have to equine rescues and welfare, or horse rehab/retraining. Sadly i don’t have the money or facilities to rescue or keep horses myself. If you want to look for those who have no concern for how horses are treated in THIS country, then you need to look WAY PAST ME.

          We know of two, if not more, prominent champion American horses who were slaughtered overseas, and if we don’t hear the tragic stories then we usually hear NOTHING. In fairness I have seen news items and video feeds on how Silver Charm is doing, e.g. If you want to stop the “hand-wringing”, then use your significant journalistic skills and occasionally provide updates on the horses who have left our soil. I’m sure you have more access to connections than people like me do.

          Anyone can call it whatever they want but I don’t think it’s a sin to love these horses and care about their welfare. And mocking the fans will not increase track handle any time soon.

          • blackcatlover

            Afleet Alex is still at Gainesway in Lexington.

          • Beach

            Sorry, typed the wrong thing; I meant Afleet Again.

          • blackcatlover

            The list of those sold to KRA that I have: Hansen, Afleet Again, Rock Hard Ten, Volponi, Menifee, Vicar, Ecton Park, and Officer. I’ve only seen a photo and video of Volponi since he’s been in Korea and it was quite a long time ago. Nothing on the others.

          • Patti Davis

            Add multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Peace Rules to that list.

        • Elizabeth

          Does anyone know what stud farm bought Hansen? Any ideas about how to follow him in S. Korea?

        • 14151617

          Wonderful reply Ray.But I don’t see the Industry ,the bettors,the owners,the fans, stepping up enmasse to see that all our horses are treated humanely no matter where they are.
          A horse dies every 5 minutes on the kill floor,why is there not hand wringing and marching in the streets to end this practice?
          Of course there are a few,but where are the many?
          Thank you for all you do to get the message of what goes on in the horse industry out there to the public.

        • John G. Veitch Saratoga Spring

          I agree Ray. I pointed out on FB what you said, and people strongly disagreed with me. Korea has to start somewhere with their racing program, and that means buying stallions from other nations.
          No one wants to see a horse treated badly, including me.

      • MyBigRed

        I agree with you, Beach. Look at Curlin’s first crop, Palace Malice. He is a Belmont Stakes winner !! So in my opinion, a first crop can be outstanding, if given the proper chance. Keep Hansen in your prayers & hopefully he will receive the care all of God’s Creations deserve.

        • Beach

          God, I hope so. Thank you…

  • 14151617

    Sad to hear.His owner made a fool of him when he was racing.Now of to South Korea.

  • Richard C

    This racer showed so much promise, but decisions made throughout the track career made the ownership of the Jacksonville Jaguars look like a franchise of champions. This is simply another pathetic story which could end very, very badly.

  • Nayrod

    This site moderates all you do. go to bloodhorse and serch an article Kendall Hansen Reveals Future Plans. You will read what plans his owner wanted. Painting the tail blue is nothing now.

  • Rob Yetman

    Let us keep some perspective here. How many horses in this country are ill treated or worse? A lot more then we would care to admit. From a purely business point of view, do you really think the South Korean Government, in the age of social media is going to allow something awful to happen to this horse? Do you really think John Magnier, who presides over a billion dollar operation is going to sell the horse to nefarious individuals? Do you think he wants to deal with the public relations headache? We think Asia and we think animal cruelty. Yet, our record if far from perfect. The Gospel reminds us, “whoever is without sin, cast the first stone”

    • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

      Well said.

  • betterthannothing

    Before worrying about the fate of “our” stallions and mares sent to foreign countries we should make sure that all our stallions are safe from neglect, abuse and the horrors of slaughter in our country which is not the case.

    • betterthannothing

      …our stallions AND MARES are safe from neglect…

      • http://www.theracehorseexperiment.com/ Maureen Tierney

        Not so true. Once a mare no longer will get in foal – she is out. Often to slaughter or neglect. Many mares get very poor hoofcare and are chronically laminitic. Contact Our Mims if you think mares are well cared for.

        • betterthannothing

          That is what I said, stallions and mare are not safe from neglect, abuse and slaughter in this country.

  • G. Rarick

    Have to agree with Ray and the others who pointed out that sending a horse to a dreaded foreign country doesn’t necessarily mean they’re headed for a horrid life of mistreatment! Breeding in Japan and Korea is thriving, I’d be willing ot wager that Hansen will have it much better where he’s going than where he’s been. There have been some high-profile bad endings, true, but again, what about the horses mistreated/sent to slaughter in America? The list goes on. Sending a horse abroad is far from a death sentence. Hansen might well do far better in Korea than he would in the States.

  • In Tears

    I guess we all know Korean people eat horse. Mainly since they have no large cattle production. I hope someone will keep a close watch on Hansen. Makes my blood run cold, reguardless of the credits his connections have.

  • dianna@diannaz.com

    omg…I hope he has slaughter protection!!

  • Patti Davis

    Hey, nice pinhooking, Coolmore!

  • Alexa Pilcher

    Frankly, I can’t imagine that if I ever had the good fortune to actually own a big-hearted horse like this, who did so well on the track, and had taken me to places and put me in situations I could only dream about, …and on top of that had even made nearly two million for me, that I wouldn’t keep him with me forever, regardless of anything …

    • Beach

      That’s what I would do, but that’s me. Had I ridden that wave with him, I couldn’t part with him for any amount of money. Perhaps I would have boarded him/stood him at one of the smaller farms where I could retain ownership or partial ownership, and have seen how that worked out. It is, of course, true that he needs to be cared for by people who understand and are experienced at stallion care; I’d prefer to avoid having to geld him as an “adult”–once one sees what sort of crops he begets.

  • Michelle Sanford

    Thanks for that!

  • Beach

    Thank you so much!!

  • Skip Ean

    Sorry,, but this is disgusting. He makes his horse into a clown with blue paint, manages him poorly, and then he sends the beautiful horse to a country where animal culture is so very different from ours. What kind of a doctor is Kendall Hansen–voodoo? No more horses for him, ever, the fool. Pray to the horse gods that this beautiful son of Tapit–the great Tapit–will be treated well in a country that is buying him to upgrade their race horses. If this becomes another Ferdinand case, this faux doctor should be arrested for murder for greed. This horse should stay in America…this doctor should go to Korea. Skip Ean

  • Beach

    Thank you for this reassurance. I hope it is as safe as possible for any of our horses that go overseas, and that does not take away from our horses that remain here. I pray for the best for all. The racing program in South Korea is developing; that has the potential for a lot of uncharted waters. Perhaps updates will be possible; I think a lot of us here would love those. :-)

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