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Rodman Under Consideration for Suburban

Among those under consideration for the Grade 2, $300,000 Suburban Handicap on Saturday, July 2, is Barry K. Schwartz's Rodman, most recently a solid second to Tizway in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on Memorial Day in his third start off a 14-month layoff.

Now 6, the son of Malibu Moon ran a lifetime best Beyer speed figure of 108 in the Met Mile, in which he was sent off at odds of 36-1.

"When they run that kind of a Beyer, 'bouncing' is always a concern," said trainer Mike Hushion. "It was a very good effort. There were a couple of jumps where it looked as if he was going to get to the winner, but he never came back."

Unraced in 2010 with a foot injury suffered after his dominant win in the Grade 3 Queens County, which was followed by a case of colic, Rodman returned to the races in February at Aqueduct, finishing second in a six-furlong optional claimer, and then winning the Irish Tower overnight stakes on April 14.

Hushion will also saddle Black Swan Stable's Roman Treasure in the Grade 1, $250,000 Prioress on Independence Day. The Roman Ruler filly is 3-0-0 from five starts, all this year, including back-to-back wins in a 6 ½-furlong allowance at Parx Racing on May 15 and a powerful 4 ½-length victory in the Miss Royal overnight stakes on June 16.

"I thought her last race was brilliant," said Hushion of Roman Treasure, who broke her maiden at second asking on February 27 and was then fourth in the Grade 3 Cicada, after which she got a two-month break from the races. "I think during that time, she kind of 'got it.' Her works for her last race were much more business-like."


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