Sunday, April 01, 2012 |
The connections of Hansen had to wait to the very end of the Kentucky Derby (G1) post position draw before finding out that they will break from post 14 for the $2 million, 1 1/4-mile Classic on Saturday, May 5.
With only two pills remaining and posts 1 and 14 the only open slots, the gray son of Tapit's name had yet to be pulled. Much to the delight of owner Dr. Kendall Hansen and trainer Mike Maker, Daddy Long Legs drew the rail, leaving Hansen to the outside of the main gate.
Maker, always low-ley, was nonetheless relieved. “Perfect. We’ve got the little space between the gates. It couldn’t have gone any better.”
Hansen was listed at 10-1 on the morning line of the 20 horse field. He will be ridden for the fifth consecutive time by Ramon Dominguez, who won the 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs the first time he was aboard the gray colt.
Hansen is co-owned by Skychai Racing partners Dr. Harvey Diamond and James Shircliff, who were on hand when the colt arrived at Churchill Downs on Wednesday. Diamond said the Derby really comes into focus once you step on the grounds. He said the colt is ready.
“There is pressure and there is stress,” Diamond said. “Pressure is when you have studied well for an exam and you need to do good. Stress is when you haven’t studied, but you still need to do good. We’re feeling the pressure.”