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Hansen to train at Turfway for Wood

  • Hansen (Breeders' Cup Ltd. Photo)

Grade 3 Gotham winner Hansen, who was resting comfortably in his stall at Belmont Park Sunday morning, is scheduled to depart Monday by van for Turfway Park, where he will prepare for a likely return to New York for the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 7.

The 2011 juvenile champion emerged from Aqueduct Racetrack's 1 1/16-mile Gotham in good order, said trainer Michael Maker's assistant, Nelson Donis.

"He came back good, ate everything up, and is good today," said Donis of Hansen, currently the third choice behind "all others" and Union Rags in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. 

Running without blinkers for the first time in the Gotham, Hansen demonstrated he was not a one-dimensional speed horse as he came from off the pace for a solid three-length victory. The near-white colt was also outfitted with a new bit for the race.

"That's my job," Maker said after the race regarding the changes. "Hopefully we can keep it figured out the next couple of months."

Along with Hansen, Gotham runner-up My Adonis is targeting the 1 1/8-mile Wood as his final stepping stone to the May 5 Derby.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

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Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.