Coolmore Stud has sold 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen to South Korea.
Coolmore purchased Hansen from owner-breeder Dr Kendall Hansen less than 12 months ago to stand at its Ashford Stud base in Kentucky. The grey son of Tapit has changed hands again even before his first foals begin arriving in January.
Dr Hansen purchased a large group of mares to support the stallion and admitted he was disappointed with the decision. “They (Coolmore) made more out of him than I did,” Hansen said. “I didn’t think about this possibility or I would have put it in the contract.”
Coolmore has purchased the last four North American 2YO Eclipse Award winners – Lookin At Lucky, Uncle Mo, Hansen and Shanghai Bobby – but did not acquire any of them as yearlings.
Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike) was raced by Mike Pegram until Coolmore weighed in with an offer after his fourth to Blame in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic. He shuttled to Coolmore Australia for a one-off season in 2011.
Owner Mike Repole sold Uncle Mo to Coolmore prior to the colt’s 10th placed finish in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic behind Drosselmeyer. Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) is currently covering his second southern book in the Hunter Valley.
Shanghai Bobby (Harlan’s Holiday) was originally raced by Starlight Racing’s managing partner-owner Jack Wolf. Coolmore bought a half-share in him between Group 1 victories in the Champagne Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
BC Juvenile winner sold to South Korea before his first foals arrive at Ashford Stud