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Wed April 11, 2012
Hansen A 6 To 5 Favorite For Bluegrass Stakes At Keeneland
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The field is set for the 2012 Toyota Bluegrass Stakes and the post positions have been drawn. Two-year-old juvenile Hansen is favored to win the final prep race before the Kentucky Derby.
The names were drawn Wednesday morning at Keeneland’s Limestone Café. 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen was picked first and will take position four in the $750,000 stakes race. Owner Kendall Hansen admitted, despite odds of 6:5, he’s nervous for his horse going into Saturday.
"To disappoint, it's a sick feeling. I just hope he does his thing. If somebody is better and has a better day, that's ok. I just hope he's able to do what he does," he said.
Dullahan and Howe Great are next in line, carrying 6:1 odds. Thirteen horses will take to the polytrack this Saturday. The last Bluegrass Stakes champion to go on to win the Run for the Roses was Strike the Gold in 1991.
Here's the full field:
1 Heavy Breathing – 12-1
2 Gung Ho – 30-1
3 Prospective – 10-1
4 Hansen – 6-5
5 Russian Greek – 50-1
6 Dullahan – 6-1
7 Politicallycorrect – 30-1
8 Midnight Crooner – 15-1
9 Holy Candy - 30-1
10 Howe Great – 6-1
11 Ever So Lucky – 12-1
12 Hero of Order – 12-1
13 Scatman – 12-1