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Great Hunter Derby Contender Hat


2007 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Pedigree: Aptitude - Zenith (Roy)

Owner: J. Paul Reddam

Trainer: Doug O'Neill


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04/14/07 Blue Grass Stakes 5th
03/03/07 Robert Lewis S. 1st
11/04/06 Breeders Cup Juvenile (G1) 3rd
10/07/06 Lane's End Futurity. (G1) 1st
09/06/06 Del Mar Futurity (G2) 2nd
Best Pal S. (G2) 2nd
Hollywood Juvenile (G3) 2nd
MSW Lone Star 1st
MSW Lone Star 2nd
Great Hunter's 2006 Race Record

Great Hunter encounters traffic in Bluegrass
Forget the rubber match between Street Sense and Great Hunter in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes yesterday.

They had swapped victories last year as 2-year-olds, Great Hunter winning the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland and Street Sense winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs.

Street Sense "won" yesterday, finishing second to Dominican, while Great Hunter was fifth.

But if he had not been cut off in the final sixteenth, Great Hunter might have joined the four horses who crossed the finish line a nose and two heads apart.

Great Hunter, second favorite to Street Sense, had to take up when fourth-place Teuflesberg drifted out at the sixteenth pole. "A bummer," said trainer Doug O'Neill, who watched the race in California.

"I thought we'd have been right there if not for that incident in the stretch," O'Neill said. "But his lane completely got taken away from him.

"When you're going at that speed and get shut off, you just hope you come out OK. I think he ran a good race."

If Great Hunter comes out of the Blue Grass in good shape, O'Neill said his colt will continue on the Kentucky Derby trail, which ends May 5 at Churchill Downs.

Earlier yesterday, the O'Neill-trained Notional suffered a leg injury during a gallop that will knock him out of the Derby.