Hansen towers over 2012 Iowa Derby
Altoona, IA (Sports Network) - The morning line odds for the 14th Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows indicate that it should be a one horse race. Eclipse Award winner Hansen has been rated the 2-5 early favorite versus four lesser rivals in Saturday's $250,000 event for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
Trained by Mike Maker, Hansen is beginning the second half of his 2012 season following a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby eight weeks ago. The 2011 champion two-year-old was well placed early during the Run for the Roses and then ran into some traffic problems.
"We didn't have the best horse. Ramon (Dominguez) had him in a great spot and he had every chance if we were good enough. We weren't good enough," Maker noted. "Turning for home it looked like we were in a good spot but couldn't make up any ground at the eighth pole."
Dominguez will again be in the saddle Saturday night. Horse and rider will break from the inside post assuring the favorite gets the lead early.
Hansen and Dominguez first teamed up to win last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs. Since then they have only one win and two seconds along with the Run for the Roses finish.
Owned by Dr. Kendall Hansen and Skychai Racing, Hansen has won four of his seven career starts for $1,623,305. .
From the rail out here is the field for the Iowa Derby: Hansen, Ramon Dominguez, 2-5; Alsvid, Chris Landeros, 4-1; Hero of Order, Ken Tohill, 8-1; Macho Bull, Jake Barton, 15-1 and Truetap, Julien Leparoux, 8-1.
Post-time for the Iowa Derby will be approximately 10:40 p.m. (ET).
06/29 13:48:11 ET