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Breeders' Cup Still On Tap for Dullahan

Dullahan wins the Pacific Classic

Favored Dullahan’s distaste for the less-than-firm going in Saturday’s Jamaica Handicap proved to be his undoing as he came home fifth in his attempt to add a Grade 1 on the turf to his trio of Grade 1 victories over synthetic surfaces, said trainer Dale Romans this morning.

 

“He has proven to be quite finicky in that regard,” said Romans of the Donegal Racing color-bearer. “If he doesn’t get firm ground, whether it’s synthetic, dirt or grass, he just doesn’t run.”

 

With a better-than-average chance of getting firm turf and/or a fast track at Santa Anita next month, Romans said Dullahan will head back to Kentucky before going on to compete in one of three Breeders’ Cup events: the Classic at 1 ¼ miles on dirt, the Mile, or the 1 ½-mile Turf.

 

“We’ll take him to California and Jerry Crawford and I will figure out what to do,” said Romans. “The track is key thing. We’ll leave everything open.”

 

Dullahan, a 3-year-old son of Even the Score, is 3-2-3 from 13 career starts with earnings of $1,714,091.

 

 

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it looks like dullahan is pure synthetic
I was wondering the same thing Junebug, But I can't remember if Dullahan has been held back before, have to watch replays of his races again
DULLahan woutld not be 3 y/o of the year unless he destroyed the others on the turf and then dominated the BC races. I 'll Have Another has it wrapped up and Steven Crist stated in the DRF that he also was leading for horse of the year.
I think that you could see that Rosario held Dullahan back, put him in a bad position. I dont think Dullahan had a chance. If Dullahan was my horse, I would never let Rosario near him again. Even the commentators on HRTV said that Rosario held him back, Then Dullahan said, Hell, if you won't let me run, then I won't.
I think this race cost Dullahan any chance for 3year old or Horse of the Year. His chances were pretty slim anyway but now even a win in the Classic will not be enough.
I'm sick of all the excuses Romans makes up. He needs to shut up and admit the fact his horse ran badly. First it's" He hated the sand at belmont" Then it was " 9 furlongs is to short for the haskell, he needs 10." ETC!!! Now, "He needs a firm course so he can close." And also, they blamed Kent for the series of bad races and kicked him off! Romans needs to shut his mouth and acknowledge the fact that he ran a BAD race, and not make excuses. IMO, it is pretty damn obvious that all he can run on is poly. I thought he would be ok on turf, but obviously not. dirt, he's crappy. I hate the way they are handling this talented horse...,... It is driving me insane!
I'm sick of all the excuses Romans makes up. He needs to shut up and admit the fact his horse ran badly. First it's" He hated the sand at belmont" Then it was " 9 furlongs is to short for the haskell, he needs 10." ETC!!! Now, "He needs a firm course so he can close." And also, they blamed Kent for the series of bad races and kicked him off! Romans needs to shut his mouth and acknowledge the fact that he ran a BAD race, and not make excuses. IMO, it is pretty damn obvious that all he can run on is poly. I thought he would be ok on turf, but obviously not. dirt, he's crappy. I hate the way they are handling this talented horse...,... It is driving me insane!
His performance made me ill.

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