LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 5th: Jockey Ramon Dominguez pats Hansen after winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Hansen, the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and champion two-year-old, will make his season debut against five rivals in Sunday's Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. (Post time: 4:45pm Eastern; TV: HRTV). The Holy Bull is a one-turn mile with a total purse of $400,000.
Hansen, a three-year-old son of Tapit out of a Sir Cat mare (Stormy Sunday), was a perfect three-for-three during his Eclipse winning juvenile campaign. He began his career with a twelve and a quarter length romp against Maiden Special Weight company at Turfway Park before turning in another dominating performance in winning the Kentucky Cup Juvenile by over thirteen lengths. He capped off his juvenile season by holding off Union Rags in deep stretch of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. In his three lifetime starts, he has yet to run behind another horse at any portion of a race.
Below are the entries and post positions for Sunday's Holy Bull. Morning line odds will be updated later.
Updated: Morning line odds have been added. Hansen set as 6/5 favorite; Algorithms at 5/2.
|1||Silver Max||J. Leparoux||D. Romans||8/1|
|2||Consortium||J. Velazquez||K. McLaughlin||3/1|
|3||My Adonis||E. Trujillo||K. Breen||12/1|
|4||Hansen||R. Dominguez||M. Maker||6/5|
|5||Fort Loudon||R. Maragh||S. Gold||10/1|
|6||Algorithms||J. Castellano||T. Pletcher||5/2|
The field for the Holy Bull is small but there are some horses that pose a serious challenge to the favorite. Algorithms was an impressive maiden winner at Belmont last summer, took a bunch of time off, and then came back to score a win in an $75k OC/N1X event at Gulfstream in mid-December. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Algorithms has drawn outside of Hansen and should have every opportunity to secure a perfect stalking position down the backstretch. Algorithms is a half-brother to Keyed Entry, winner of the 2006 Hutcheson Stakes, and Justin Phillip, winner of the 2011 G2-Woody Stephens.
Consortium, a son of Bernardini out of a Machiavellian mare (Marietta) finished second to Algorithms in that Optional Claiming event at Gulfstream in mid-December. Prior to that he beat a field of Maiden Special Weights at Aqueduct on Nov. 12th.
Also on Sunday's Gulfstream card is the Grade 2 Forward Gal for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. G3-Old Hat winner Sacristy will attempt to go back-to-back in graded stakes at Gulfstream. She will likely face a stiff challenge from Broadway's Alibi, an easy winner at Gulfstream back on Dec. 15th against $75 OC/N1X company.