TOP NEWS

1/29/2015
Afleet Alex’s Texas Red, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), and American Pharoah shared the high weight of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club’s 2014 Experimental Free Handicap...
1/25/2015
Cassatt, a 4-year-old Tapit filly, captured the third running of the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic Saturday evening at Sam Houston Race Park...
1/18/2015
Untapable was named Champion 3-year-old Filly of 2014 on Saturday evening in the first unanimous selection at the Eclipse Awards in four years.
1/3/2015
Tapit, the leading sire of 2014, picked up right where he left off with a stakes winner and maiden-breaking TDN Rising Star in the first three days of 2015...
12/30/2014
Circling the field with a strong, bold move, Praetereo flew from last to first, passing eight other challengers en route to victory in the $75,000 Valley Forge Stakes on December 30th...

Hansen atop Experimental Free Handicap


Thursday, February 02, 2012 |
Tapit's 2-year-old champion of 2011, Hansen, topped the recently-released Experimental Free Handicap with a weight of 126 pounds, the same number assigned to Union Rags. The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap, published annually since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled by racing secretaries for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

Hansen won all three of his starts last year of 2011 by a combined margin of about 25 1/2 lengths and earned $1,153,305. Owned by Dr. Kendall Hansen (also his breeder) and Sky Chai Racing, the gray colt won the $100,000 Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile S. prior to defeating Union Rags in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Hansen, trained by Mike Maker, finished second after a poor start in his only race this year in the $400,000 Holy Bull S. (G3) Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park. "He was a little headstrong and fresh but other than that it was a good effort. He galloped out strong so we’re pleased,” Maker noted after the Holy Bull.

The entire Experimental Free Handicap weight assignments can be found at jockeyclub.com/experimental.asp.