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Rodman Likes Saratoga Dirt

Trainer Mike Hushion will be well-represented next Saturday when he sends out Met Mile runner-up Rodman in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational and Roman Treasure and Ava K. in the Grade 1 Test.

 

Rodman, who will likely work on Sunday for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney, has been no worse than third in four starts this year, most recently finishing third in the Grade 2 Suburban to Flat Out after setting the early pace.

 

“He had a bit of an excuse in breaking badly, and then he had to rush up a little bit,” said Hushion of the 6-year-old, who had run a lifetime best Beyer Speed Figure of 108 in the Met Mile. “I don’t know how much effect the race before had on him. The Suburban wasn’t a terrible race, nothing to be ashamed of.”

 

Hushion has named Hall of Famer Edgar Prado to ride Rodman, who is 2-for-2 on the dirt at Saratoga.

 

“And Prado’s never lost on the dirt with him, either,” said the trainer, “so everything is pointing in the right direction.”

 

Roman Treasure, who has won half her six starts this year, will be making her second consecutive Grade 1 appearance in the Test. In the Prioress at Belmont Park on July 4, the Roman Ruler filly rushed up to set sizzling fractions of 21.78 and 44.55 before being overtaken in the stretch and finishing fifth.

 

“I don’t think there’s anyone who wants to run with her in the Test,” said Hushion. “Hopefully, last time she let everyone know what kind of horse she is. That certainly fried her a little bit.”

 

Ramon Dominguez will be back aboard Roman Treasure, said Hushion, who will also send out New York-bred Ava K. in the seven-furlong race. The daughter of Dixie Union is 5-0-2 from seven starts, having finished third in the Grade 3 Comely and the Wanda overnight stakes in her lone forays in open company.

 

“I think if she were to relax a little and give it her ‘A’ race, she could be competitive,” said Hushion.

 

 

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