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There are rare instances when a Breeders’ Cup winner has little to recognize in his or her female family, and one of those is BC Juvenile winner Hansen.

Although the talented gray son of Tapit does not lack for a high-class sire, nor for noteworthy animals as sires of the dams along his female line (Sir Cat, Highland Park, Temperence Hill), there’s not much performance or production to give breeders hope for better.

Yet there he is. Hansen standing in the winner’s circle after the BC was a serious victory for breeder-owner Kendall Hansen.

Hansen claimed the dam of Hansen (confusing, isn’t it?) for $5,000 in her début at that price. The filly won that race, two others, and was third in her fourth start. Then Stormy Sunday (by Sir Cat) was retired and became a broodmare.

The first foal from the mare is a winning Tapit gelding named Tapanna, and the second is the colt who will almost certainly be named Eclipse Award winner as champion 2-year-old colt of 2011.

The lack of stakes winners along the female line will attract some attention as Hansen’s career develops, but he possesses quality and class and speed, which are the tools of a genuine racehorse. And that his dam had the capacity to win three of four races, no matter the class, is an indication that something useful was present in her also.

The produce record follows:

1st Dam: Stormy Sunday, b, 2002. Bred by Leslie R. Jacobs (KY). Raced 1 yr in NA, 4 sts, 3 wins, $33,046.

2008: Tapanna, b g, by Tapit. Raced 1 yr in NA, 6 sts, 1 wins, $32,273.
2009: HANSEN.
At 2: Won Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile, Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. 1).
2010: Unnamed foal, b c, by Corinthian.

Broodmare sire: SIR CAT, dkbbr, 1993. Sire of 72 dams of 172 foals, 109 rnrs (63%), 68 wnrs (40%), 23 2yo wnrs (13%), 7 sw (4%).

2nd Dam: Thinkin’strait, b, 1992. Bred by Leslie R. Jacobs (KY). Raced 3 yrs in NA, 19 sts, 2 wins, $14,042 (ssi = 0.47).