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Hansen to school at Turfway Park on Friday

  • Hansen (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Eclipse champion and Kentucky Derby contender Hansen will school in the paddock at Turfway Park on Friday evening between the 6TH and 7TH races, according to the colt's breeder and majority owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen.

Hansen is scheduled to be in the paddock around 8 p.m. (EST). The gray son of Tapit is also expected to stretch his legs on the track during training hours on Friday morning, likely about 6 a.m., trainer Mike Maker said.

Hansen will remain at Turfway through Friday before heading to Louisville to continue his training, his conditioner added. He shipped to Kentucky from New York on Monday after winning the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes by three lengths on Saturday at Aqueduct.

For his trip to the Gotham Stakes winner's circle, Dr. Hansen decided against the usual coat-and-tie in favor of a bright blue T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "The Great White Hope 05.05.12," the date of this year's Kentucky Derby. The shirts, produced by Overlay Apparel, will be available at Turfway on Friday for $20 each.

Dr. Hansen, a Northern Kentucky pain management specialist, has announced he will donate his portion of the proceeds to New Vocations, a racehorse retraining and adoption organization.

Hansen started his career with two races at Turfway, breaking his maiden on September 9 by 12 1/4 lengths and next winning the Kentucky Cup Juvenile on September 24 by 13 1/4 lengths. In his third start on November 5 at Churchill Downs, the talented colt held off Grade 1 winner Union Rags to capture the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by a head, sealing his selection as the year's champion two-year-old male.

Hansen finished second to Algorithms in the first start of his three-year-old campaign in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 29, his lone defeat to date. His winning effort in the Gotham Stakes set the gray up for his expected next start in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial back at Aqueduct on April 7.