Dr. Kendall Hansen, owner of Saturday's G3 Spiral Stakes winner Fast and Accurate at Turfway Park, told drf.com that he intends to put up the requisite $200,000 late fee to nominate the colt to the Triple Crown. With the 50 points the son of Hansen accrued in his victory over the synthetic surface, Fast and Accurate will be virtually assured a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby.
“I've got to get the fee in,” Hansen said after the race. “I have the other one (En Hanse, who finished ninth) nominated, but not this one.”
Bred in Pennsylvania by John R. Penn, Fast and Accurate was purchased for $85,000 as a 2-year-old at the OBS April sale. Hansen, a Northern Kentucky physician, went to the 2012 Kentucky Derby with Hansen the horse, who finished ninth. The Eclipse champion 2-year-old for 2011, he stood at stud in the United States only one season before being sent to South Korea. Hansen the man has worked diligently to gain winners for Hansen the sire from his single U.S. crop.
Fast and Accurate didn't seem to get the racing game figured out, however, until he tried Turfway's polytrack in December, when he broke his maiden for a claiming tag of $30,000. No one claimed Fast and Accurate out of that race, so trainer Mike Maker shipped him down to Gulfstream where he ran to a big win on the turf in a starter stake. The Spiral is his first graded stakes win, and brings his overall record to three wins from six starts, with earnings of over $340,000.
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