Photo: NYRA, David Alcosser
Trainer Dale Romans could have
two runners on Travers Day, with Grade 1 winner Tapitsfly under consideration for the
Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile Ballston Spa presented by Jose Cuervo, and Quick Wit, who won the Grade 3,
off-the-turf edition of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame last week, an
outside possibility for the Grade 1 Travers.
Tapitsfly finished fourth to the
recently retired Winter Memories after setting the pace in the Grade 1, 1 1/8
mile Diana on July 28. The 5-year-old Tapit mare wired the field in the Grade 1
Longines Just a Game at a mile on June 9 at
“We’re thinking about it and
we’ll see how the race comes together,” Romans said.
On the possibility of running
Quick Wit back on short rest in the Travers, Romans was non-committal.
“If it comes up light, I don’t
have a problem with it,” Romans said. “If it’s a short field and Alpha’s the
horse to beat, I’ll go. [If it’s a big field], probably not, because it changes
the complexion of getting a check and how easy it might be just to hit the
Currently, the 1 ¼-mile Travers
is expected to draw a sizable field, with Alpha, Atigun, Cogito, Five Sixteen, Hansen, Liaison, Neck ‘n Neck, Nonios, Stealcase and Street Life all targeting the
“Mid-Summer Derby,” and Fast Falcon
on the questionable list.