Hansen, doing all the dirty work in the early stages, held off the previously undefeated Union Rags to win the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Hansen came into the Juvenile off of a couple of blowout wins at Turfway Park but stepped up his game on the big stage to win his third race in three starts.
Union Rags had a tough trip throughout the race but still mounted a spirited late charge in the final furlongs. He bore out slightly in the lane, continued to gain on Hansen, but couldn’t get past the winner at the wire.
Creative Cause, winner of the Grade 1 Norfolk last time out, finished in third. Dullahan closed from well back to finish fourth.
Hansen is a two-year-old son of Tapit out of a Sir Cat mare (Stormy Sunday). He is trained by Kentucky native Michale Maker and ridden by Ramon Dominguez.
5-Hansen: $16.20, $6.60, $4..60
10-Union Rags: $3.20, $2.20
7-Creative Cause: $3.60
$2 Exacta: $46.20
$0.50 Trifecta: $55.90
$0.10 Superfecta: $95.36
$1 Daily Double: $82.80
$0.50: Pick 3: $230.80