Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hansen turns in Gulfstream work
By Mike Welsch
Daily Racing Form
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Hansen turned in his first serious work Saturday since arriving in south Florida, going a half-mile in 48.60 seconds before galloping out five-eighths in 1:03.60 under the cloak of darkness shortly after the Gulfstream Park racetrack opened for training at 5:45 a.m.
Hansen, who capped off a perfect 2-year-old campaign with a gritty head victory over Union Rags in the Juvenile, had barely gotten out of a gallop when he breezed a half-mile in 54 the previous week.
"Last week was just a maintenance move," said trainer Mike Maker. "This week we let him do a little something. I'll bring him back and work him five furlongs next Saturday. Right now we're on target for the Holy Bull."
The Grade 3, one-mile Holy Bull will be decided on Jan. 29.
Maker said Hansen's aggressive nature is the reason he trains him so early each morning.
"He's just too aggressive when he gets around too many other horses out on the racetrack," said Maker. "He likes to get his job done early, get back to his stall, and take a nap."