Dullahan catches Hansen to win Blue Grass Stakes
Lexington, KY (Sports Network) - Dullahan, the 3-1 second choice, caught champion colt Hansen down the stretch to capture Saturday's $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Racetrack. The half-brother to Mine That Bird won the 88th running of the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Derby prep in 1:47.94
Hansen, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Ramon Dominguez, broke sharply and took the lead as the field went under the wire for the first time. The Eclipse Award winner led the field into the backstretch and the far turn.
Dullahan, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, was well off the pace until the final turn.
Hansen had the lead entering the stretch and looked to be headed to victory. Dullahan, trained by Dale Romans, began to cut into Hansen's lead inside the furlong pole.
With less than 100 yards to run Dullahan caught and passed Hansen to win the Blue Grass by 1 1/4-lengths. Gung Ho held on for third with Holy Candy finishing fourth in the 13-horse field.
"He did everything that a good horse has to do," said Romans about Dullahan. "He looked great to me."
"Dullahan was just sharp today," said Dr. Kendall Hansen owner of the runner- up.
Rounding out the order of finish were Howe Great, Prospective, Heavy Breathing, Midnight Crooner, Scatman, Ever So Lucky, Russian Greek, Politicallycorrect and Hero of Order.
Owned by Donegal Racing, Dullahan picked up $450,000 with the victory easily putting him in the Kentucky Derby field. The chestnut colt won for just the second time in eight career starts. He has total earnings of $872,091.
Dullahan broke his maiden last October at Keeneland by winning the Breeders Futurity. He was fourth behind Hansen in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and returned last month with a second to Howe Great in the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Dullahan returned $8.40, $3.60 and $3.00. Hansen paid $3.00 and $2.60, and Gung Ho paid $9.20 to show.
04/14 19:19:29 ET