Tapit: King of Kegs and the Kentucky Derby?

Guinness-guzzling Tapit may prove his mettle as a sire after this year’s racing season is over. The 12-year-old whose modest race record consists of just three wins, has sons He’s Had Enough, Flashback, and Normandy Invasion vying for Kentucky Derby points, following up crops that included Stardom Bound, Careless Jewel, and Hansen. Tapit’s fee has […]

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Ashford Stud releases 2013 stud fees for Hansen, Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway, who stands at John Magnier and partners’ Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., will stand in 2013 for $85,000, the same fee he stood for in 2012. Ashford has priced newcomer Hansen, the 2011 champion juvenile male, at $12,500 Following are the fees for all Ashford stallions: Cape Blanco    ($17,500)Dunkirk   ($10,000)Fusaichi Pegasus   ($7,500)Giant’s Causeway   […]

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Champion Hansen to stand at Ashford Stud

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Eclipse Award winner Hansen has been purchased to stand at Ashford Stud. The son of Tapit was unbeaten as a two-year-old, winning a five-and-a-half furlong maiden by 12 1/4 lengths and the Listed Kentucky Cup Juvenile by 13¼ lengths before defeating Grade 1-winning juveniles Union Rags, Creative Cause and Dullahan to […]

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2011 champion Hansen retired; stud deal sought

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 […]

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Hansen out of Travers, likely retired

UPDATE: According to David Grening at the Daily Racing Form and a report by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Hansen has sustained a tendon injury and will likely be retired. Dr. Kendall Hansen, majority owner of the champion colt, wrote in a text message to the Courier-Journal, “I am in shock … and tears and heartbroken.” Last […]

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Hansen heading to the Travers

Since finishing a disappointing fourth in the West Virginia Derby (gr. II) two weeks ago, the connections of Hansen have regrouped and are continuing to move forward with plans for their star colt. Immediate plans are to run in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, where there will be a few notable […]

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Macho Macho takes West Virginia Derby, Hansen finishes fourth

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort is 30 miles west of Pittsburgh, where Bill Mazeroski hit the home run and Franco Harris made the immaculate reception. The unexpected has a history of happening within the sporting world in these parts, and it was in full form in Saturday’s 43rd running of the Grade 2, $750,000 West […]

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Hansen the star of the WV Derby show

According to the morning line, Hansen should win Saturday’s Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby by as far as the average person can throw a rock. He’s the prohibitive 3-5 favorite, and his career purse earnings of $1,773,305 surpass those of his nine challengers combined. Hansen comes to Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort as the […]

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Hansen to face nine rivals in WV Derby

Hansen, last year’s North American juvenile champion, drew the number nine post and is the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 43rd edition of the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby. A field of ten has been entered in the premier event at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort. The 1 1/8-mile race, the most historic […]

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