Champion Hansen deserves better
There are 397 3-year-olds -- the most since 2009 -- now eligible to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. The fee at first opportunity to nominate is $600, a reasonable if usually ill-conceived gamble. It is anticipated that a few others will be nominated later, at $6,000 apiece, after showing fleeting, unanticipated glimpses of usually empty promise that imperil an owner's grip on reality. This makes the natural odds of any one of these making the Derby's limited field of 20 slightly more than 200-1. At the moment, everyone is a longshot, some more so than others.
Hansen, champion 2-year-old of 2011, Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, is about to become a circus horse.
Hansen, the human, and his partners are entitled to color their horse in any scheme they chose. Taste is not a requirement of licensing in any state.