FLORENCE, Ky. -- Hansel circled pacesetters Apollo and Richman at the top of the stretch, then drew away to win the $500,000 Jim Beam Stakes in record time yesterday.
Hansel slashed more than two seconds from the Turfway Park and Beam Stakes records, finishing the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 46 3/5 seconds.
Richman was second, 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner, and six lengths ahead of late-charging Wilder Than Ever.
Hansel broke from the No. 3 post under Jerry Bailey. He trailed Apollo and Richman around the first turn as those two set a fast pace on a very fast track.