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Sunday, July 01, 2012 | Tapit

Hansen's 10-length win in the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) could have easily been much more if Ramon Dominguez had asked the gray speedster at any point in the race. The 3-year-old son of Tapit, who was last year's undefeated champion juvenile, is one of seven stakes winners of 2012 by his sire. Tapit is approaching $4 million in progeny earnings this year, putting him in the top 5 on the General Sire List.

Hansen went off the 1-10 favorite in the five-horse field of fellow sophomores, and wasted little time asserting himself. Dominguez got his mount to the rail quickly, going up a length and a half after a quarter mile. The quartet of pursuers could get no closer, and Dominguez let his mount strut his stuff in the stretch, opening up at will with the rider looking back repeatedly for competition. With none in sight, Dominguez wrapped up and coasted under the wire to complete the 1 1/16-miles in 1:42.01.

The flashy silver-gray winner got his first victory since the Grade 3 Gotham S. in April. Saturday's paycheck netted owner/breeder $150,000, raising his overall take to $1,773.305 from a record of 5-2-0 in eight starts    .

Hansen is owned by his breeder/namesake Dr. Kendall Hansen, who sold part interest in the Kentucky bred to Sky Chai Racing before last November's Breeders' Cup.

"I think we'll come back next year for the G3 Cornhusker," Dr. Hansen said, referring to the $300,000 Handicap for older horses on the same card, after getting his picture taken in Prairie Meadows winners circle.