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Romansh Targets Travers; Freedom Child Retired

Trainer Tom Albertrani

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.

 

The 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.

 

Romansh 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.

 

"He's 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."

 

The 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.

 

"He 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.

 

"It's 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 [2006] 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.

 

A 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.

 

"He 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."

 

 

 

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