Hence Career Statistics
Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings: $481,129
Owner: Calumet Farm
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Pedigree: Street Boss – Floating Island, by A.P. Indy
Recent Finish: 11th, Kentucky Derby, G1 (5/6/17)
Notable Wins: Sunland Derby
Hence was settled well back in the Derby, steadied off heels leaving the five sixteenths and swung wide before moving up to finish 11th. He was passing six tired horses at the end and trainer Steve Asmussen said Hence “never leveled off and didn’t run hard enough” in the Derby. But Asmussen, a 2-time Preakness winning trainer, was happy with how Hence came out of the Derby and had remarked previously that Hence has “tremendous talent”.
Hence was a ‘wise guy’ long shot choice in the Kentucky Derby at 15-1. He’ll go off at least that price in the Preakness, and the chestnut colt and Sunland Derby winner should get a better trip in the Preakness and fire a stronger closing run. The question is will he be too far back and can he show the necessary speed to rally off a moderate pace? Hence has proven speed and it will be up to jockey Florent Geroux to manage it better in the Preakness.