Hansel circled pace-setters Apollo and Richman at the top of the stretch, then drew away to win Saturday’s $500,000 Jim Beam Stakes in track record time.
Hansel ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:46 3/5, slightly more than two seconds better than the Turfway Park record.
Richman was second, 2 1/4 lengths behind, and six lengths ahead of late-charging Wilder Than Ever.
Hansel broke from the No. 3 post under Jerry Bailey. He trailed Southland-based Apollo and Richman around the first turn as those two set a fast pace on a very fast track.
Hansel 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.
Hansel returned $11.20, $4.40 and $4. Apollo, the second-favorite at 3-1, tired in midstretch and finished fourth.