Saturday winners back in Louisville

2012-04-16 12:29:38

'He looks great this morning, like he hadn't run at all,' trainer Dale Romans said of Dullahan on Sunday, 'I think he will run well on dirt. He ran a big race in the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile) last fall and he is better this year. He should handle the surface.'

Dullahan, owned by Donegal Racing, has posted both career victories over Keeneland's Polytrack surface. The colt is back at his trainer's barn at Churchill Downs.

'I don't think the distance (of the Kentucky Derby) will be a problem. The further the better,' Romans noted after the Blue Grass.

Defeated Blue Grass favorite Hansen returned to trainer Mike Maker's barn at the Trackside Training Center in Louisville. Hansen finished second to Dullahan after setting the pace and being caught in the stretch.

'I heard Dale Romans loved him (Dullahan) all week, so I wasn't surprised,' said Dr. Kendall Hansen, owner of his namesake. 'We have another chance in three weeks (in the Kentucky Derby).'

Maker also had Gung Ho finish third in the Blue Grass.

'We are just going to soak it all in for now,' Maker said. 'I'm not sure where he (Gung Ho) will run next but the American Turf (May 4 at Churchill) is among the possibilities.'

Arkansas Derby champ Bodemeister blew away the field by 9 1/2-legnths at Oaklawn Park. He and runner-up Secret Circle, both trained by Bob Baffert, flew into Louisville on Monday.