Pleased with the progress of Romansh
since his win via disqualification in the Curlin Stakes on July 26,
trainer Tom Albertrani is targeting the Grade 1 Travers on August 24 for
his next start.
3-year-old Bernardini colt finished second by two lengths in the 1
1/8-mile Curlin to Transparent but was elevated to victory when the
other half of the favored Darley Stable-owned entry was taken down for
interference near the quarter pole.
breezed five furlongs in 1:02.99 on Wednesday, his first work since the
Curlin. He is scheduled to breeze again on the main track next week.
doing well," Albertrani said. "He had a nice work over the track here,
and we're looking toward the Travers. It looks like he really made a
step forward, training-wise. He looks great, he had a good work - all
good signs coming out of the race. Just looking at the horse in general,
I think you have to go take your chances."
Curlin was Romansh's first race since breaking his maiden in his third
start on May 25 at Belmont Park. He did not make his race debut until
March 30 at Gulfstream Park.
had a two-month break between races, so I would expect him to make a
step forward off of the race," Albertrani said. "He's only run four
times. There's a lot of positive factors going into the Travers with a
horse like him.
a step up for him, but with his pattern and looking at his races, he's
improving after every race like his father, who only ran four times
before [winning] the  Preakness," he added. "He might have that
same quality in him where he's peaking after his fourth or fifth race.
I'm hoping to see that peak at the end of the month."
The Albertrani-trained Freedom Child,
most recently last of nine in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July 27, has
been retired to stud, Terry Finley, founder and president of owner West
Point Thoroughbreds, confirmed Saturday. Stud plans are pending.
3-year-old son of Malibu Moon, Freedom Child left Albertrani's barn on
Friday, the trainer said. Freedom Child had a record of 2-1-1 and purse
earnings of $170,072 from eight starts, winning the Grade 2 Peter Pan by
13 ¼ lengths on May 11.
Prior to the Jim Dandy, Freedom Child ran 13th of 14 in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on June 8.
came out of the [Jim Dandy] fine," Albertrani said. "The Belmont is
hard to gauge what went wrong, whether it was the distance or whatever,
but his last race was really disappointing. We thought he'd run better.
His Peter Pan was a very impressive race."