'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
'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
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.