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Apr 14 2012 Toyota Blue Grass Keeneland I 1 1/8 Miles (S) 2 REPLAY
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Jan 29 2012 Holy Bull Gulfstream Park III 1 Mile 2 REPLAY
Nov 5 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Churchill Downs I 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY

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Mike Maker

Trainer

Maker, the son of a trainer, grew up in the suburbs of Detroit attending races at Hazel Park and Detroit Race Course. At the young age of 13, Maker was already involved in the Thoroughbred industry as a horse owner. He was an assistant for Hall of Fame trainer D Wayne Lukas and worked with Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic. Maker opened his own stable in 2003 & has trained top horses including: Eclipse Award winner, Hansen, Derby Kitten and Stately Victor.

Ramon Dominguez

Jockey

Dominguez was the 2010 & 2011 Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey. In 2011, his mounts earned an incredible $19,364,256, and in 2001 and 2003 he lead the nation in number of victories. Dominguez has two Breeders' Cup wins to his credit including the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile aboard Hansen. He recently was chosen as the recipient for the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award for his career achievements and personal character. Top Mounts for Dominguez have included: Havre de Grace, Hansen, Get Stormy, Gio Ponti and Stay Thirsty. He is seeking his first Kentucky Derby victory. At the age of 16, Ramon began riding horses in Venezuela despite his father’s disapproval who wanted him to be a doctor. His father convinced him to ride show jumpers for a short while, but Ramon went back to riding racehorses a year later. Although, his father was not happy with this initial decision, he became very supportive of Ramon, but insisted his son graduate high school before becoming a jockey. Ramon moved to the United States from his native Venezuela and began riding races at Hialeah Park in 1996. He won his first race in March 1996 aboard Solo Moondance. In 2001 and 2003, he led the nation in wins. In 2004 he was honored with the Isaac Murphy Award by the Turf Writers Association for having the highest winning percentage for the year. He was the leading rider at Delaware Park from 2004 through 2007. Ramon reached a milestone of 3,000 victories at Delaware Park on May 9, 2007. He was named the top jockey of the 2008-2009 Inner Track Meet at Aqueduct with 124 wins. Ramon Dominguez was born on November 24, 1976 and resides in Elkton, Maryland.

Dr. Kendall Hansen & Sky Chai Racing

Owner

Dr. Hansen has owned racehorses for 30 years. His introduction to horse racing began while working at a Ford Plant where a coworker gave him tips on wagering. He earned enough money playing the ponies to pay for his first year of medical school. He calls champion Hansen his “horse of a lifetime” & donated $12,000 of Hansen’s Breeders Cup Juvenile earnings to New Vocations Racehorse Adoption. Sky Chai Racing is a partnership that includes Dr. Harvey Diamond who has been involved in horse racing for over 30 years, and Jim Shircliff, the CEO of River Road Asset Management. They were represented in the 2011 Kentucky Derby by Twinspired.

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Pedigree

Hansen, the 2011 champion two-year-old colt, is a genetic marvel in some respects. Though he is by one of today's notable sires in Tapit, Hansen is easily the most accomplished performer from a female line that had been virtually dormant for six generations.

In an all-or-nothing career of six starts, Tapit won three times including the Laurel Futurity at two and the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial at three. A disappointing ninth at odds of 6-1 in the 2004 Kentucky Derby, Tapit raced only once more before his retirement. He made an immediate impact at stud, siring 2008 juvenile filly champion Stardom Bound and Grade 1 winners Careless Jewel and Laragh in his first crop.

Another notable offspring by Tapit is multiple Grade 1 winner Zazu, who ran third in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks. Tapit's best male runners other than Hansen have been the Grade 2 winners Tapizar, Concord Point and Headache. The latter captured the 2011 Hawthorne Gold Cup over 1 1/4 miles.

Tapit is by Pulpit, who won the Blue Grass and Fountain of Youth before running fourth in the 1997 Kentucky Derby. Pulpit himself is by world-class sire and Hall of Fame runner A.P. Indy, who won the Belmont and Breeders' Cup Classic but was scratched the morning of the 1992 Derby due to foot issues. Tapit's broodmare sire is 1990 Derby winner and champion Unbridled.

Hansen's first four dams have produced a grand total of eight starters, none of them stakes quality until Hansen's arrival. His fifth dam reared just one stakes-placed runner, and you have to go back to his sixth and seventh dams to find stakes producers, graded or otherwise.

Sir Cat, the broodmare sire of Hansen, was an enormously versatile multiple Grade 2 winner. Capable on dirt and turf, he concluded his career on a high note winning the Knickerbocker, Tropical Turf and Appleton in successive starts by a combined margin of 16 lengths. His best offspring were proven on all surfaces and include the Grade 2 winners Surf Cat, Inca King and Cativa, as well as multiple Chilean champions. Before Hansen, the best performer by a daughter of Sir Cat was Crisp, the 2010 Santa Anita Oaks winner.

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