Hansen will not run in the Preakness

Hansen will not run in the Preakness

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Hansen trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Juvenile champion Hansen will not run in the Preakness on Saturday.

The near all-white colt won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in November and the Gotham Stakes in March to put him among the favorites at the Kentucky Derby. But Hansen, who had sprinted to the front in his other starts, was caught in traffic and never a factor. He finished ninth.

Owner Kendall Hansen says that he would love to take Hansen to Baltimore and enjoy all the Preakness festivities, but that it's not in the best interest of the horse to run the 1 3/16-mile Preakness on two weeks' rest.

The owner says he expects Hansen's next race to be the Woody Stephens Stakes on June 9.

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