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.
Hansel, owned by Joe L. Allbritton's Lazy Lane Farm, trailed by two lengths down the backstretch before making his move at the top of the turn for home. He overtook the leaders at the top of the stretch.
Richman, the betting favorite at 3-2, continued to pursue Hansel, but Apollo, the second-favorite at 3-1, tired in mid-stretch and finished fourth.
Hansel had been made the third favorite at 4-1 in the morning line but went off at 9-2. He returned $11.20, $4.40 and $4.