Trainer Bill Kaplan is adamant about one thing concerning his champion sprinter Musical Romance.
“I’m going to throw out the last race,” he said with a smile.
Kaplan, who co-owns the 5-year-old mare with Pinnacle Racing Stables,
has every right to throw out Musical Romance’s fourth-place finish Jan.
28 in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint and focus on
Saturday’s $150,000 Inside Information (G2).
Making her first start since winning the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Filly
& Mare Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs, Musical Romance broke
awkward, grabbed a quarter, pulled her shoe, and then was steadied
around the turn.
“I think her effort (fourth-place finish) was fantastic considering
everything that happened to her,” Kaplan said. “I’m going to throw out
that first race. A six furlong sprint for horses is similar to a 100
dash for humans. When was the last time you saw someone stumble out of
the box and still win a 100 yard dash? So very rarely will a horse win
after going through the problems she did.”
After three weeks off, Musical Romance has worked twice since the
Florida Sunshine Millions and comes into Saturday’s seven furlong event
healthy and happy, according to Kaplan.
“She’s doing well,” he added. “The exercise rider tells me she’s as
good or better than ever. She’s worked brilliantly twice since that last
race without being asked. It’s going to be a tough race – it’s supposed
to be. But I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be 100 percent.”