Bode Miller, 2010 Olympic gold medalist, multiple World Cup alpine skiing champion and horseman, has bought a stake in Kendall Hansen's Kentucky Derby hopeful Fast and Accurate.
Trained by Mike Maker and bred in Pennsylvania by John Penn, Fast and Accurate won the JACK Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park March 25 to earn a start in the Kentucky Derby (G1). The colt is among the only U.S. crop sired by Hansen's homebred namesake, 2011 Eclipse champion 2-year-old male Hansen.
“Bode is a very intelligent man and a good horseman,” said Hansen, a Northern Kentucky physician. “He learned a lot about physiology from his work on the U.S. Olympic Team, and he's relaying that knowledge to horse racing as well. He sees what we see up close [in Fast and Accurate], and he realizes we do actually have an outside chance to win, even though on paper it doesn't exactly look that way. I remember crossing out [2009 Kentucky Derby winner] Mine That Bird, who had no chance.”
Fast and Accurate has won his last three races, stepping up in class each time. His record stands at three wins and one second in six starts.
“Three-year-olds can improve by leaps and bounds, so I'm hoping we're one of the 'leaps and bounds' and others ones are tailing off,” Hansen said.
“A couple of mutual friends got us together, because we've both been known to be somewhat eccentric and fun-loving,” said Hansen of his partnership with Miller. “It's fun to be paired up with him. I'm looking forward to hanging out with him on Kentucky Derby day.”
Immediately after the Spiral Stakes win, Skychai Racing also purchased a stake in Fast and Accurate and has since sold a portion to frequent partner Sand Dollar Stable. The nom de course of Harvey Diamond and partners, Skychai Racing had bought a stake in Hansen after the colt's 13-1/4 length score in the 2011 Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway, his third start and third win. According to a Skychai Racing representative, the ownership consists of Hansen (72 percent), Skychai Racing (24.5 percent), Sand Dollar Stable (2.5 percent), Miller (1 percent).
Miller also owns a share of Hansen's homebred colt En Hanse, another son from Hansen the sire's U.S. crop. That colt is 3-1-1 in nine starts, including a win in the WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park in February.
Kendall Hansen retains majority ownership of both colts.
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