2011 champion Hansen retired; stud deal sought

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It was the greatest present Dr. Kendall Hansen ever received, but even Christmas doesn’t last forever. The breeder and co-owner of Hansen, the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding 2-year-old male, said his multiple graded stakes-winning namesake has officially been retired.

A tendon injury was detected in Hansen’s left foreleg just three days before he was to run in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Aug. 25, and his owner said then it was unlikely the son of Tapit would ever race again. A physician who operates a pain management clinic in Crestview Hills, Ky., Dr. Hansen held out hope that stem cell treatment and rest would heal the tear in the tendon. After further consulting with Dr. Alan Ruggles of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, however, he’s made the decision to retire Hansen and entertain offers from stallion operations for the 2013 breeding season.

“I was kind of shocked to see how much damage the tendon had on the inside,” Hansen said. “It’s a top-to-bottom tear and there’s enough damage there that I just want to get him to the best farm I can and let the professionals do the best they can with him in his next career.”

Hansen said the decision was not easy.

“For about five weeks now I’ve almost been nauseated,” he said. “I found that I was fighting with myself, having internal battles. I wanted so much to see him run again, but then I realized I needed to do what’s best for him and his career. It was important to take the greed out of it.”

Hansen, who has had an injection of stem cells and is scheduled for a second treatment on Monday, remains with trainer Mike Maker at Trackside training center in Louisville, and a number of stud farm representatives have looked at him.

“We are weighing some offers,” he said. “It’s kind of sad when we take him out to show him to people; he keeps staring over at the track. The number one word people say about him is that he’s ‘charismatic,’ which is kind of interesting because Mike was with Wayne Lukas when Charismatic won the Derby.”

Hansen, who was produced from Stormy Sunday, a daughter of the Storm Cat stallion Sir Cat, finished ninth in this year’s Kentucky Derby over the same Churchill Downs racetrack on which he won last year’s Grade 1 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Finishing second in the Juvenile, beaten a head, was Union Rags, the heavy favorite who went on to finish seventh in the Derby and then win the Belmont Stakes. The son of Dixie Union was retired after the Belmont because of a tendon injury, and he will stand at Lane’s End Farm.

The Juvenile was Hansen’s third consecutive win as a 2-year-old, following a 12 1/4-length maiden win going 5 1/2 furlongs and a 13 1/4-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile – both at Turfway Park.

He finished second in the G3 Holy Bull to Algorithms at Gulfstream Park in his 2012 debut, won the G3 Gotham at Aqueduct by three lengths, then finished second, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, to multiple G1 winner Dullahan in the G1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

After finishing ninth in the Run for the Roses, he won the G3 Iowa Derby by 10 lengths, and then, in what would be his final career start, wound up fourth in the G2 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer. His career record stands at five wins and two seconds from nine career starts, for earnings of $1,810,805.

“Dr. Ruggles said the tendon injury was probably coming on for some time,” Hansen said. “You lose that elastic bounce when the tendon is not working right. I think that had something to do with his West Virginia race. He just didn’t show up that day.”

The colt was X-rayed but not ultrasounded following the race, Hansen said. “We just weren’t thinking he had a soft tissue problem, but then Mike called me Travers week and said there’s something wrong. The horse had never been sore a day in his career.”

Hansen, who has several mares from the same female family as the colt’s dam, said he would “love to keep 20% of Hansen and in my retirement years try to match him up to the best mares. But these farms are so professional,” he added, “that they are going to want to have control of the horse.”

A colt out of Hansen’s dam Stormy Sunday sired by Corinthian (who like Tapit is a son of the A. P. Indy stallion Pulpit) could debut at Keeneland on Oct. 6, Hansen said. “He’s not as precocious as Hansen, who proved to be a champion racehorse with tremendous speed.”

It’s hard to imagine anyone who’s had as much fun campaigning a racehorse as Kendall Hansen, who co-owned the 2011 champion with the Skychai Racing Partnership. From the unconventional idea of painting the colt’s tail blue to producing thousands of miniature Hansen squeeze toys for fans, he truly has enjoyed the ride.

“This changed my life,” he said. “I’m 56 years old, and you get into a rhythm at this time of life, thinking things have plateaued and you don’t expect any surprises. Then this horse came into my life, and for almost a year it was like waking up on Christmas morning and having the greatest present ever under the tree. It made me feel like a kid again, walking around with a smile on my face.” 

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  • suitcase

    Are you Kidding Me?

    • Yo soy fiesta

      Is who kidding you and about what? Could you be more specific?

    • Yo soy fiesta

      Come on bro, you had firsties on this thread, dropped “are you kidding me” and bailed? And then your sorry ass doesn’t follow up? BLOCKED (not by Ray just me) Uh Uh i dont like that post, not a very good post.

  • suitcase

    Are you Kidding Me?

  • Yo soy fiesta

    Is who kidding you and about what? Could you be more specific?

  • giftoffaith

    I know Dr. Hansen had trouble making the decision to retire Hansen, I completely understand how hard that is. I also know what he means   by waking up like it’s Christmas each day. I have not had a horse like Hansen, but have have had a couple who gave great excitement and of course hard decisions. I’m happy for handsome Hansen that the right decision was made for him, because there is a lot of greed out there and the horses suffer for it. Happy retirement handsome Hansen, I’m sure we have not heard the last from you.

  • giftoffaith

    I know Dr. Hansen had trouble making the decision to retire Hansen, I completely understand how hard that is. I also know what he means   by waking up like it’s Christmas each day. I have not had a horse like Hansen, but have have had a couple who gave great excitement and of course hard decisions. I’m happy for handsome Hansen that the right decision was made for him, because there is a lot of greed out there and the horses suffer for it. Happy retirement handsome Hansen, I’m sure we have not heard the last from you.

  • http://Bellwether4u.com James Staples

    “Made me feel like a kid again”…AMEN…

  • http://Bellwether4u.com James Staples

    “Made me feel like a kid again”…AMEN…

  • Kathy Hunter

    My Heart is full for this beautiful and talented colt. He will be missed

  • Kathy Hunter

    My Heart is full for this beautiful and talented colt. He will be missed

  • DavidB

    Say what you want about some of his quirks, he is truly a fan of his horse and the sport. He doesn’t seem to be motivated by greed, and his medical background helps him understand the nature of the injury. My best wishes to him – hope he has another Christmas morning.

    • Sue M. Chapman

      He is an egomaniac who loved the limelight, showing no respect for racing traditions. 

      • Convene

         Bah humbug!

      • Yo soy fiesta

        You sound like a parrot Sue. SQUAK I dont like Dr Hansen SQUAK I dont like Dr Hansen SQUAK I dont like Dr Hansen.

      • Annice

         Do you ever have anything nice to say about anyone? And even if Dr. Hansen didn’t follow all your “rules”, I bet he had a lot more fun in the last twelve months than you did. Racing is circling the drain and he put a little life in it. What did you do for racing

      • Beachy

         At this point I might prefer “egomaniac” to “sourpuss”. 

      • DINA A.

        Sue, you are an utter disgrace to the word ”class”. Dr. Hansen was and IS great for the Sport and has not only showed emotion to us all, but the sheer hope, love and spirit that these incredible athletes exuberate as a bond between human and animal.
        Dr. Hansen is the Best! …and Sue Chapman is the utter ”Worst”!

        Dr. Hansen, The ride has just begun!!!!

  • DavidB

    Say what you want about some of his quirks, he is truly a fan of his horse and the sport. He doesn’t seem to be motivated by greed, and his medical background helps him understand the nature of the injury. My best wishes to him – hope he has another Christmas morning.

  • Beachy

    Don’t be too hard on yourself; it’s not just about “greed”, it’s about enjoying the ride, and ANYBODY would enjoy doing that, including the HORSE!!  :-)  So many of these horses enjoy running; they’re doing what they’re bred to do. 

    But a lot of them like girls, too.  :-)  And Hansen, like others, will probably love his new life just fine. 

    Union Rags is also a beautiful horse and I imagine he will carry on where Dixie Union left off; it was so hard to lose Dixie Union, especially at a relatively young age(13, I believe).
    Of course, the gorgeous Tapit is still with us, but Hansen at stud, at least at first, could take some of the pressure off the older Tapit and attract other breeders for less of a stud fee. 

    Hansen is a special horse, and it’s important to do the right thing for him. His care will be 4.0.  I for one will miss him, but I’ll be happy to see his babies, too.  

    And you never know, Dr. Hansen, there may be another “ride” in store…God bless… :-) 

    • TC

       Except he’s not bred very well. His sister is a 20k claimer that is still owned by Dr. Hansen.

      http://www.anddownthestretchtheycome.com/2012/8/24/3260950/stallion-profile-hansen

      • Barbara

        Tapanna is a colt, not a filly. While that blog might be the last place to seek a stallion analysis… it is rather obviously true there is no female family which is why there is a delay in his stud deal. Seems perhaps Dr. Hansen thinks Hansen should stand for a higher fee than any reputable farm knows they will get for him.

        Dr. Hansen devalues the horse every time he opens his mouth though. In the Blood Horse today he made sure to note that Hansen has a bowed tendon. Wish someone could muzzle him for his own sake and the horse, but hey, since he is not greedy, guess it doesn’t much matter.

      • JLSC

         Frankly, I think his pedigree and record are good enough.  Whatever his mettle is, he will prove it in the shed.  No point in being negative–you don’t know till you know. 

      • DINA A.

        TC, My dad was a professional athlete, yet my Mom did nothing but shop and eat, long and behold… I still ranked #2 in the USA in the 1500m; #3 in the WORLD in the 5000m ….Also, my brother owns a current record holder Standardbred who’s broadmare never raced and who’s sire had a crooked foot. A 13,000 dollar purchase rendered 2.9 milion. You can’t predict or finger point!

    • Mckennamullins

      Yes there is.. Gunderson! Hansen’s 3/4 brother!

  • Beachy

    Don’t be too hard on yourself; it’s not just about “greed”, it’s about enjoying the ride, and ANYBODY would enjoy doing that, including the HORSE!!  :-)  So many of these horses enjoy running; they’re doing what they’re bred to do. 

    But a lot of them like girls, too.  :-)  And Hansen, like others, will probably love his new life just fine. 

    Union Rags is also a beautiful horse and I imagine he will carry on where Dixie Union left off; it was so hard to lose Dixie Union, especially at a relatively young age(13, I believe).
    Of course, the gorgeous Tapit is still with us, but Hansen at stud, at least at first, could take some of the pressure off the older Tapit and attract other breeders for less of a stud fee. 

    Hansen is a special horse, and it’s important to do the right thing for him. His care will be 4.0.  I for one will miss him, but I’ll be happy to see his babies, too.  

    And you never know, Dr. Hansen, there may be another “ride” in store…God bless… :-) 

  • voiceofreason

    “This changed my life,” he said. “I’m 56 years old, and you get into a
    rhythm at this time of life, thinking things have plateaued and you
    don’t expect any surprises. Then this horse came into my life, and for
    almost a year it was like waking up on Christmas morning and having the
    greatest present ever under the tree. It made me feel like a kid again,
    walking around with a smile on my face.” 

    Bravo, Sir. Congrats on a great ride.

  • voiceofreason

    “This changed my life,” he said. “I’m 56 years old, and you get into a
    rhythm at this time of life, thinking things have plateaued and you
    don’t expect any surprises. Then this horse came into my life, and for
    almost a year it was like waking up on Christmas morning and having the
    greatest present ever under the tree. It made me feel like a kid again,
    walking around with a smile on my face.” 

    Bravo, Sir. Congrats on a great ride.

  • Ida Lee

    I knew he would be retired but it’s still heartbreaking that we won’t be seeing this stunningly beautiful and talented boy race again. Although I really did not approve of the “coloring” of this gorgeous creature, I do believe Dr. Hansen loved Hansen. Thanks for the wild ride and may Hansen give us babies as beautiful and talented as he is.

    • nu-fan

      Ida Lee:  I couldn’t agree with you more.  The first time I saw Hansen, I thought the track announcer said “Handsome”.  I thought: ”What a perfect name!  He is handsome!”  Then, of course, I found out that the horse was named Hansen, and assumed that the owner named the horse after himself, which appeared a bit like Dr. Hansen was self-centered.  But , whenever he has was nterviewed, Dr. Hansen spoke with emotion about his horse rather than just a commodity to be bought, raced and sold.  I would really like to see Dr. Hansen make every effort to retain part ownership of the horse.  He seems like the kind of person who would and could do the “unconventional” and have the willingness to put the horse first and foremost above profit.  But, if Hansen is sold, then, I would hope that Dr. Hansen insist on a clause that requires that he be given the first opportunity to buy horse back again. Of course, if healthy enough, I’d love to see Hansen in a dressage event in the next Olympics.  He is such a stunning horse.  Shouldn’t be retired from public view.

  • Ida Lee

    I knew he would be retired but it’s still heartbreaking that we won’t be seeing this stunningly beautiful and talented boy race again. Although I really did not approve of the “coloring” of this gorgeous creature, I do believe Dr. Hansen loved Hansen. Thanks for the wild ride and may Hansen give us babies as beautiful and talented as he is.

  • Barry Irwin

    What a shame. He was such an exciting, gorgeous runner.

    • Sue M. Chapman

      Agreed, Barry.  But his Owner loved the limelight and disrespected the traditions of this sport more than he loved his horse.

      • RayPaulick

        Sue,

        I get it. You don’t like the guy. No need to keep repeating yourself here. 

  • Barry Irwin

    What a shame. He was such an exciting, gorgeous runner.

  • Francis Bush

    It looks like another case of overtraining and overracing. This is an extremely fine horse and racing has lost another champion. Wish we would learn something from this loss,

    • No Penalties in Horse Racing

      One of the dumbest comments ever made on the PR.

    • Ssk12955

      Over raced. you don’t know what you are talking about. This horse was in no way over raced

  • Francis Bush

    It looks like another case of overtraining and overracing. This is an extremely fine horse and racing has lost another champion. Wish we would learn something from this loss,

  • Sue M. Chapman

    There is an old adage in racing that “the only thing you can do with a good horse is stay out of his way.”  Dr. Kendall Hansen ignored racing wisdom. Sadly he loved the fame more than he loved his horse.  He clearly has learned nothing about racing.  Give him a brush and let him paint something else blue.

    • SteveG

      Given what truly ails the sport, I find it impressive that you can work up so much vitriol over something as insignificant to the scheme of things as a blue tail. 
       

    • No Penalties in Horse Racing

      Sue, you should hire a violinist.   Maybe it would make you happier to hear it every time you say anything in your life.

  • Sue Chapman

    There is an old adage in racing that “the only thing you can do with a good horse is stay out of his way.”  Dr. Kendall Hansen ignored racing wisdom. Sadly he loved the fame more than he loved his horse.  He clearly has learned nothing about racing.  Give him a brush and let him paint something else blue.

  • Sue Chapman

    He is an egomaniac who loved the limelight, showing no respect for racing traditions. 

  • Sue Chapman

    Agreed, Barry.  But his Owner loved the limelight and disrespected the traditions of this sport more than he loved his horse.

  • Convene

    Sad to see this. I was always very fond of this horse and impressed with his ability. It was also refreshing to find an owner who actually ENJOYED owning a champion – especially now when I see that he can set aside all that fun and do right by his horse. I hope the next part of the Hansen journeys (man and horse) are filled with as much success and enjoyment as the first part was. Thanks guys – both of you.

  • Convene

    Sad to see this. I was always very fond of this horse and impressed with his ability. It was also refreshing to find an owner who actually ENJOYED owning a champion – especially now when I see that he can set aside all that fun and do right by his horse. I hope the next part of the Hansen journeys (man and horse) are filled with as much success and enjoyment as the first part was. Thanks guys – both of you.

  • Convene

     Bah humbug!

  • RayPaulick

    Sue,

    I get it. You don’t like the guy. No need to keep repeating yourself here. 

  • Pluckedduck1

    A spitfire of a horse!  Best of luck in the breeding shed!

  • Pluckedduck1

    A spitfire of a horse!  Best of luck in the breeding shed!

  • Kim Howell (Anita Xanax)

    Sorry to see him go to stud but very happy Dr. Hansen used his knowledge to make the right decision for the horse. I also greatly admire the fact that he wants to participate in improving the breed by selecting genetically compatible mares for Hansen, as he can. I hope whichever farm gets Hansen allows Dr. Hansen to accomplish this.

  • Kim Howell (Anita Xanax)

    Sorry to see him go to stud but very happy Dr. Hansen used his knowledge to make the right decision for the horse. I also greatly admire the fact that he wants to participate in improving the breed by selecting genetically compatible mares for Hansen, as he can. I hope whichever farm gets Hansen allows Dr. Hansen to accomplish this.

  • Barbara

    I saw the strange little ad in Blood Horse online soliciting buyers and/or mares for Hansen. Feels like maybe Dr. Hansen isn’t happy with the offers he has received so far from stud farms in the traditional form? And doesn’t want to employ an agent? Certainly refreshing to see how much he has enjoyed and been involved with his horse, though.

  • Barbara

    I saw the strange little ad in Blood Horse online soliciting buyers and/or mares for Hansen. Feels like maybe Dr. Hansen isn’t happy with the offers he has received so far from stud farms in the traditional form? And doesn’t want to employ an agent? Certainly refreshing to see how much he has enjoyed and been involved with his horse, though.

  • SteveG

    Given what truly ails the sport, I find it impressive that you can work up so much vitriol over something as insignificant to the scheme of things as a blue tail. 
     

  • Yo soy fiesta

    You sound like a parrot Sue. SQUAK I dont like Dr Hansen SQUAK I dont like Dr Hansen SQUAK I dont like Dr Hansen.

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    One of the dumbest comments ever made on the PR.

  • No Penalties in Horse Racing

    Sue, you should hire a violinist.   Maybe it would make you happier to hear it every time you say anything in your life.

  • Annice

     Do you ever have anything nice to say about anyone? And even if Dr. Hansen didn’t follow all your “rules”, I bet he had a lot more fun in the last twelve months than you did. Racing is circling the drain and he put a little life in it. What did you do for racing

  • nu-fan

    Ida Lee:  I couldn’t agree with you more.  The first time I saw Hansen, I thought the track announcer said “Handsome”.  I thought: ”What a perfect name!  He is handsome!”  Then, of course, I found out that the horse was named Hansen, and assumed that the owner named the horse after himself, which appeared a bit like Dr. Hansen was self-centered.  But , whenever he has was nterviewed, Dr. Hansen spoke with emotion about his horse rather than just a commodity to be bought, raced and sold.  I would really like to see Dr. Hansen make every effort to retain part ownership of the horse.  He seems like the kind of person who would and could do the “unconventional” and have the willingness to put the horse first and foremost above profit.  But, if Hansen is sold, then, I would hope that Dr. Hansen insist on a clause that requires that he be given the first opportunity to buy horse back again. Of course, if healthy enough, I’d love to see Hansen in a dressage event in the next Olympics.  He is such a stunning horse.  Shouldn’t be retired from public view.

  • TC

     Except he’s not bred very well. His sister is a 20k claimer that is still owned by Dr. Hansen.

    http://www.anddownthestretchth

  • Thelibrarian

    This is one of the things that makes this a great game. LUCK can happen to anybody!

  • Thelibrarian

    This is one of the things that makes this a great game. LUCK can happen to anybody!

  • Barbara

    Tapanna is a colt, not a filly. While that blog might be the last place to seek a stallion analysis… it is rather obviously true there is no female family which is why there is a delay in his stud deal. Seems perhaps Dr. Hansen thinks Hansen should stand for a higher fee than any reputable farm knows they will get for him.

    Dr. Hansen devalues the horse every time he opens his mouth though. In the Blood Horse today he made sure to note that Hansen has a bowed tendon. Wish someone could muzzle him for his own sake and the horse, but hey, since he is not greedy, guess it doesn’t much matter.

  • Mckennamullins

    Yes there is.. Gunderson! Hansen’s 3/4 brother!

  • Ssk12955

    Over raced. you don’t know what you are talking about. This horse was in no way over raced

  • JLSC

     Frankly, I think his pedigree and record are good enough.  Whatever his mettle is, he will prove it in the shed.  No point in being negative–you don’t know till you know. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.richardson.9231 Donna Richardson

    Quelle surprise. Run a horse as a two-year-old, and you bow his tendons. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.richardson.9231 Donna Richardson

    Quelle surprise. Run a horse as a two-year-old, and you bow his tendons. 

  • Yo soy fiesta

    Come on bro, you had firsties on this thread, dropped “are you kidding me” and bailed? And then your sorry ass doesn’t follow up? BLOCKED (not by Ray just me) Uh Uh i dont like that post, not a very good post.

  • Beachy

     At this point I might prefer “egomaniac” to “sourpuss”. 

  • Dharden652

    Dr. Hansen..thank you for fnally having Hansen’s (the horse) best interest in mind. He is such a beautiful, sensitive, talented and intelligent horse. I am thrilled that I got to see him run at Gulfstream and to experience the “Great White Hope” era. I wish him well in his recovery. I wish him well in his new career.

  • Dharden652

    Dr. Hansen..thank you for fnally having Hansen’s (the horse) best interest in mind. He is such a beautiful, sensitive, talented and intelligent horse. I am thrilled that I got to see him run at Gulfstream and to experience the “Great White Hope” era. I wish him well in his recovery. I wish him well in his new career.

  • Don Reed

    Good.  No more elongated acceptance speeches that start in November and end in February.

    • Larry Ensor

      You know Don, For those of us who actually put our money where our mouth is anyone that is lucky enough to acquire a horse of Hansen’s abilities let alone breed one is for most of us a once in a life time moment. Maybe the good Doctor used more then the 15 minutes that Warhol allotted it was his to do with as he liked. He and the horse earned it.
      If it bothers you turn the channel or the page.

      • Don Reed

        Larry, I am grateful that you voiced your opinion, which is always welcome
        regardless of how I receive it, &, above all, should not be fair game for
        cheap shots.

        As fans (my wife & I) of the races, since 1984, we’ve spent $300,000
        (cash) attending, betting, & on restaurants & hotels (credit cards,
        etc.), which attend such activities. We’ve driven, in our own car, from New
        Jersey down to Keeneland twice, & plan to do so again in about five weeks
        time.

        Despite your protestation, I seriously doubt that it is impossible for any
        one person, a couple or a regiment to prove to a further extent that we have
        “actually put our money where our mouth
        is.”

        (The financial number, actually, might be $400,000.  Might even be $425, give or take a whole
        bunch of rolled up quarters, but you get the point.)

        We’ve taken the road to Damascus,
        most willingly, & in terms of what it takes to prove our love for when the
        starting gate opens, & only ask that others do the same.

        Despite the temporary cruel disappointments, I wouldn’t trade this sport for
        anything else in the world.

        So.  Who do you like in the 1st?

        • DINA A.

          Beyind the ”satirical attempt” and ”poetic use” of throwing around 6 figures, Don,  the main point was ”raced” around. Dr. Hansen’s love between human and animal is second to none! His speeches deserve to be DAYS! Jealous nature often shines clearly through one’s road to Damascus. 

  • Don Reed

    Good.  No more elongated acceptance speeches that start in November and end in February.

  • Sampan

    Dr. Hansen’s number one goal should be to get his stud syndicated and to a farm where he will have an opportunity to breed lots of mares and get some foals on the ground. The money issue should be secondary at this time as he has to compete with other stallions that are better bred and have a better race record. I know he was a champion 2 yr old and he won a grade 1 race, BC Juv. He didn’t have a good 3 yr old year or win at classic distances and his female pedigree line lacks depth of class. Dr. Hansen will have to sacrifice a lot and work hard to make his horse into a competitive stallion. If you want to find out just how difficult it is to get mares to stallions talk to someone who sells stallion shares and seasons. I’ve been there, done that.

  • Sampan

    Dr. Hansen’s number one goal should be to get his stud syndicated and to a farm where he will have an opportunity to breed lots of mares and get some foals on the ground. The money issue should be secondary at this time as he has to compete with other stallions that are better bred and have a better race record. I know he was a champion 2 yr old and he won a grade 1 race, BC Juv. He didn’t have a good 3 yr old year or win at classic distances and his female pedigree line lacks depth of class. Dr. Hansen will have to sacrifice a lot and work hard to make his horse into a competitive stallion. If you want to find out just how difficult it is to get mares to stallions talk to someone who sells stallion shares and seasons. I’ve been there, done that.

  • DINA A.

    Sue, you are an utter disgrace to the word ”class”. Dr. Hansen was and IS great for the Sport and has not only showed emotion to us all, but the sheer hope, love and spirit that these incredible athletes exuberate as a bond between human and animal.
    Dr. Hansen is the Best! …and Sue Chapman is the utter ”Worst”!

    Dr. Hansen, The ride has just begun!!!!

  • DINA A.

    TC, My dad was a professional athlete, yet my Mom did nothing but shop and eat, long and behold… I still ranked #2 in the USA in the 1500m; #3 in the WORLD in the 5000m ….Also, my brother owns a current record holder Standardbred who’s broadmare never raced and who’s sire had a crooked foot. A 13,000 dollar purchase rendered 2.9 milion. You can’t predict or finger point!

  • Larry Ensor

    You know Don, For those of us who actually put our money where our mouth is anyone that is lucky enough to acquire a horse of Hansen’s abilities let alone breed one is for most of us a once in a life time moment. Maybe the good Doctor used more then the 15 minutes that Warhol allotted it was his to do with as he liked. He and the horse earned it.
    If it bothers you turn the channel or the page.

  • Harry

    This year Triple Crown took a brutal toll for horses that participated. Eclipse award winning 3 year old and all winners of Kentucky Derby,Preakness and Belmont all retired with injuries before Breeders Cup. Sometimes you wonder if Triple Crown participation is much to stenuous for young 3 year olds. Champions for only a short time. In 2012 very very sad
    results Triple Crown. My uncle Sunshine Calvert trained many many champion race horses for Francis A. Genter stable and being old school so to speak never believed running any 3 year old in any Triple Crown races. Now as the breed is declining at least long distance breeding I think he was very smart in his decision. In Reality was his pride and joy. The good old days of racing at least for this racing fan.

  • Harry

    This year Triple Crown took a brutal toll for horses that participated. Eclipse award winning 3 year old and all winners of Kentucky Derby,Preakness and Belmont all retired with injuries before Breeders Cup. Sometimes you wonder if Triple Crown participation is much to stenuous for young 3 year olds. Champions for only a short time. In 2012 very very sad
    results Triple Crown. My uncle Sunshine Calvert trained many many champion race horses for Francis A. Genter stable and being old school so to speak never believed running any 3 year old in any Triple Crown races. Now as the breed is declining at least long distance breeding I think he was very smart in his decision. In Reality was his pride and joy. The good old days of racing at least for this racing fan.

  • Don Reed

    Larry, I am grateful that you voiced your opinion, which is always welcome
    regardless of how I receive it, &, above all, should not be fair game for
    cheap shots.

    As fans (my wife & I) of the races, since 1984, we’ve spent $300,000
    (cash) attending, betting, & on restaurants & hotels (credit cards,
    etc.), which attend such activities. We’ve driven, in our own car, from New
    Jersey down to Keeneland twice, & plan to do so again in about five weeks
    time.

    Despite your protestation, I seriously doubt that it is impossible for any
    one person, a couple or a regiment to prove to a further extent that we have
    “actually put our money where our mouth
    is.”

    (The financial number, actually, might be $400,000.  Might even be $425, give or take a whole
    bunch of rolled up quarters, but you get the point.)

    We’ve taken the road to Damascus,
    most willingly, & in terms of what it takes to prove our love for when the
    starting gate opens, & only ask that others do the same.

    Despite the temporary cruel disappointments, I wouldn’t trade this sport for
    anything else in the world.

    So.  Who do you like in the 1st?

  • DINA A.

    Beyind the ”satirical attempt” and ”poetic use” of throwing around 6 figures, Don,  the main point was ”raced” around. Dr. Hansen’s love between human and animal is second to none! His speeches deserve to be DAYS! Jealous nature often shines clearly through one’s road to Damascus. 

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