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DULLAHAN WINS THE TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES... - LOUISVILLE.COM

April 17, 2012

A record crowd of 40,617 saw the late charging Dullahan win the Grade 1 $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, 1 1/4 lengths in front of favorite Hansen. The win gave Louisville favorite Dale Romans his first Blue Grass Stakes victory. Romans' best finish in the Blue Grass had been a second place finish with Paddy O'Prado in 2010.

Although the day ended with all eyes on Dullahan, as the day started for Keeneland's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, all eyes were on the favorite Hansen, but not because he was the two-year-old champion or the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner or even the Gotham Stakes winner. No, all eyes were on Hansen because owner, Dr. Kendall Hansen, had been rumored to have dyed the pale gray colt's tail blue. Dr. Hansen was seen leaving the stewards' room mid-afternoon muttering that "they weren't going to scratch him, but they weren't very happy with me."

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