Donegal Racing


March 4, 2012

Any suggestion that Hansen was a mere a one-dimensional speedball proved unfounded in Saturday's Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham at Aqueduct, as last year's juvenile colt champion overcame an outside post, a wide journey into the clubhouse turn, and having a little dirt kicked in his face for the first time to register an emphatic three-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile inner dirt event.

Unable to clear the field from post 12, Hansen was forced four-wide into the first turn, but moved up quickly approaching the backside to get within a half-length of King and Crusader, who would eventually carve out fractions of :23 3/5, :47 2/5 and 1:11 3/5. Hansen kept in close contact with that longshot, stalking in second a half-length behind as the field advanced around the final turn. Approaching the quarter pole, jockey Ramon Dominguez asked Hansen for run, and the charismatic gray responded readily by opening up on the field. Through the stretch, Hansen drew off by three lengths over 5-1 second choice My Adonis, with the rest of the field struggling to make any ground from far back. Hansen maintained his advantage to wire, finishing the distance in 1:43 4/5 over a track labeled good.


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