Archive for November 6th, 2011

Hansen, Union Rags Early 2012 Kentucky Derby Favorites

The 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is in the books and the road to the 2012 Kentucky Derby has officially begun. Hansen and Union Rags put on a show at Churchill Downs on Saturday and the race for juvenile champion figures to be a close one.

Hansen Kentucky Derby 2012

Is BC Juvenile hero Hansen the 2YO champ? - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

Hansen was game wiring the field but Union Rags was probably best. The G1 Champagne hero failed to run a straight course in the lane and that made all the difference.

Creative Cause was well clear of the rest in 3rd and it will be interesting to see if he shows up in the G1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec 17.

Drill was one of several Breeders’ Cup disappointments for trainer Bob Baffert and Champagne runner-up Alpha acted up in the gate and weakened to finish 11th after stalking the pace. The latter clearly lacks maturity at this stage.

Below is the BC Juvenile recap I wrote for Horse Racing Nation

Hansen made every pole a winning one and just had enough left to hold off favorite Union Rags Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs.

Hansen set sail for the lead through splits of :23.26, :47.39, and 1:12.24. Speightscity and Creative Cause were the chasers with Union Rags sitting midpack.

Ramon Dominguez got busy on Hansen in the lane and he increased his advantage over Creative Cause but Union Rags was starting to make up some ground.

Union Rags began weaving in and out and made a late surge once straightened out but missed by a diminishing head.

Creative Cause was well clear of the rest in 3rd with Dullahan rallying from 13th to snatch 4th away from Take Charge Indy.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2011 results

Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2011 complete order of finish