Hansen, the “great white hope” of last Nov. for Triple Crown glory this year, never quite lived up to the hype or at least not thru the first half of 2012 anyway, is back this Saturday evening in the $250,000, GIII Iowa Derby, going a mile and 1/16th at Prairie Meadows Racetrack.
In a field of just “5″, Hansen is the 2/5 M/L favorite as he does appear to be tops in this year’s Iowa Derby class of 2012!
At 4/1 is Alsvid, the local talent here on Saturday evening with a pair of nice stakes wins in the Prairie Meadow’s 2 prep races for their signature 3yo event of the season!
Hero of Order is the $1,000,000, GII Louisiana Derby shocking winner at 109/1 down at the Fair Grounds earlier this spring holding off Mark Valeski.
So, below you’ll find the field for this year’s edition of the $250,000, GIII Iowa Derby!
By Post #, Horse and M/L Odds,
1. Hansen - 2/5
2. Alsvid - 4/1
3. Hero of Order - 8/1
4. Macho Bull - 15/1
5. Truetap - 8/1
Post time is 9:39 pm CDT!
Picks are – 1,2,3,5 bx’d exacta or Trifecta!
So with I’ll Have Another now permanently sidelined, Hansen can start that long climb back to the top of the 3yo world, so a win here is now absolutely paramount and nothing less as he attempts his return to Graded Stakes glory here at Prairie Meadows on Saturday evening!