A Closer Look: Hence

(Photo via El Paso Times)

(Photo via El Paso Times)

Hence (KY)

Chestnut Colt
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey Last Start: Alfredo J. Juarez, Jr.
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Calumet Farm

Foaled: March 28, 2014
Sire: Street Boss
Dam, Dam Sire: Floating Island, by A.P. Indy
Auction History: N/A

Record: 6-2-1-1
Earnings: $462,601
Highest Beyer Speed Figure: 97

COMMENTS: Winless in three starts as a juvenile, Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s colt opened his 2017 campaign by breaking his maiden in the slop at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 16. He faced winners for the first time in that track’s Feb. 20 Grade 3 Southwest Stakes and was drubbed when finishing 13 lengths behind One Liner in seventh over a fast course.

He rebounded in his next start, the Grade 3 Sunland Derby, which he captured on March 26 at Sunland Park by three and a quarter lengths over subsequent Grade 1 Arkansas Derby runner-up Conquest Mo Money. The son of Street Boss earned a career best 97 Beyer Speed Figure at Sunland and 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to secure himself a chance to run for the roses.

The homebred’s sire, Street Boss, was a multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter while his dam recorded two placings in six starts. Hence shipped to Churchill Downs after his Sunland score and has had two works already under the Twin Spires, with the most recent one being a best of 16 five-furlong move in 1:00.40 on April 17. Asmussen has yet to name a Derby jockey for his charge, who was ridden by Manny Franco, Ricardo Santana, Jr. and Ramon Vazquez before Alfredo Juarez, Jr. guided him into the winner’s circle at Sunland.

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