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Quick Wit Looking At Jamaica

Quick Wit beats Csaba in Hall of Fame.

Trainer Dale Romans reported Saturday that Quick Wit emerged from his nose victory in Friday’s off-the-turf edition of the Grade 3 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes in good order and could make his next start on turf in the Grade 1, $400,000 Jamaica Stakes on October 6 at Belmont Park.

“He came back good, looks good. I don’t know what we’ll do with him next,” Romans said. “The Jamaica is an option. Most realistic would be we’ll go back to Belmont, but we’ll see how things unfold here in the next few days.”

Originally carded as a Grade 2 race at 1 1/16 miles on the Inner Turf Course, the Hall of Fame was automatically downgraded after it was transferred to the main track at 1 1/8 miles, pending a final review by the American Graded Stakes Committee. While the complexion of the race changed after it was taken off the grass, Romans said he felt it was no less challenging. 

“I thought it was equally as tough when it moved over,” the trainer said. “Optimizer had run well [on dirt], and Daddy Nose Best, and that’s why the race held together. [Quick Wit is] an emerging horse though. He’s a horse that’s getting better and going the right way. Maybe he can step up to another level.”

Romans has a bevy of turf horses in the barn now and expects to run three sophomores in next weekend’s Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington Park – the streaking Silver Max, most recently victorious in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby, along with Cozzetti and Finnegan’s Wake.

“It’s good to see [Quick Wit] can handle the dirt,” Romans said. “We are overrun with turf horses right now, so this horse may have to become a dirt horse whether he wants to or not. I have to wait and see what happens in the Secretariat. After this, I would probably take Max against older horses, try to win something big and point him towards the Breeders’ Cup. He just started getting good. He always had some talent; he just never was as focused as he needed to be, but he put it all together this winter. Next weekend will divide them up a little bit.”


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