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Tapit juvenile in a ‘monster’ performance

Saturday, September 24, 2011 |

Tapit’s undefeated son Hansen rocketed out of the gate and never looked back, romping to a 13-length victory in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile on September 24 at Turfway Park. [watch race]

The triumph virtually assures Hansen a berth in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 5th at Churchill Downs. 

The double-digit win around two turns had TVG commentators and track announcer Mike Battaglia reaching for superlatives. “It’s alllllll Hansen,” Battaglia screamed out at the finish, “a super impressive performance.” Commentator Mike Joyce said “We just saw something special…a monster performance by this son of Tapit,” while trainer and commentator Tom Amoss added, “He is just the class of this race.”

Hansen was the 1-2 favorite of the Turfway crowd, following his 12 3/4-length victory over the same surface on September 9th. That maiden special race—which earned him one of the year’s top two-year-old Beyers—was at 5 ½ furlongs and this one at 8 ½ furlongs. If anything, Hansen looked even more impressive with the added distance.

Breaking from the outside hole, Hansen bulled his way to the lead, got into a smooth, flowing rhythm, then started increasing his margin at will. With Victor Lebron sitting chilly, he was in front by six after a half mile in a quick :46 4/6, by 10 at the top of the lane, and was eased approaching the wire, for a final victory margin of 13 ¼ lengths. The winner's time on the Polytrack surface was 1:45 4/5.

Hansen was bred in Kentucky by owner and namesake Dr. Kendall Hansen, and is trained by Mike Maker. He is out of the Sir Cat mare, Stormy Sunday, who posted 3 wins in her 4 career starts. Hansen now sports a record of 2-2-0-0 and $73,305.

Tapit sired four stakes horses on the day, and now has sired 12 stakes winners, 30 stakes horses, this season. With worldwide progeny earnings of more than $7,400,000, Tapit reigns as America’s third leading sire.