It has been nearly four years since Frank Calabrese claimed now
7-year-old Romacaca at Gulfstream Park for $25,000 out of her fourth
career start, and next Saturday she will be favored to win the $150,000
Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf, a victory that would push her
career earnings past the $1 million mark.
“She’s never been better and hasn’t lost a step,” said trainer Danny
Miller, who guided the daughter of Running Stag through most of her
3-year-old season after the claim and got her back in his barn last
summer at Arlington Park. “She may even be better with age as she
relaxes more in her races than she did when she was younger. We’ve been
pointing for this race since we got down here.
“She’s at an age where you would consider breeding her with what she
has accomplished, but we haven’t talked about that as yet. Frank
(Calabrese) loves to race. She’s very sound and there is no reason she
can’t continue to perform at the top level. Naturally, I’d like to keep
her in training.”
Romacaca won her first three starts after the claim for Miller,
including the Pucker Up Stakes (G3) at Arlington and has been a
consistently high-class turf stakes performer turf stakes throughout her
career of 16 victories from 32 starts, most recently winning the
$100,000 South Beach Stakes here on Dec. 9. Romacaca finished second as
the favorite in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf last year
won by Hooh Why.