Ticker
  • Texas Chrome (2-1) bravely squeezed through on the rail for an Oklahoma Derby win.Posted 2 days ago
  • Unbridled Mo (4-1) rides the rail to victory in the Remington Park Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Accelerate (1-1) rallies to win the Los Alamitos Derby (G2).Posted 3 days ago
  • Connect (10-1) upsets the Pennsylvania Derby.Posted 3 days ago
  • Songbird (1-5) gets win number 11 in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx Racing.Posted 3 days ago
  • Noholdingback Bear (3-1) wins the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx Racing.Posted 3 days ago
  • 2015 Turf Champion Big Blue Kitten has been retired from racing, via the Chad Brown barn.Posted 6 days ago
  • No catching Sarah Sis (10-1) in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.Posted 8 days ago
  • Victory to Victory  7-1) pulls clear in the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes.Posted 9 days ago
  • Good Samaritan (3-1) rolls to a Breeders' Cup birth with a Summer Stakes win.Posted 9 days ago

Romans Issues 3-Year-Old Progress Report

Cleburne wins 2013 Iroquois
Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography

Trainer Dale Romans issued an upbeat bulletin on Monday morning about several of his newly turned 3-year-olds. Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count rallied strongly to dead-heat for the win in an allowance on the Gulfstream grass on January 12 in his turf debut, and the versatile son of Dynaformer will likely test his credentials on the main track next time.            

“He’s doing good,” Romans said. “I’m sure that we’ll go back to the dirt in a stakes somewhere, I’m just not sure where yet.”            

A $360,000 yearling purchase, Medal Count aired in his debut on the Ellis Park dirt before finishing fifth on Polytrack in the Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. The big bay colt disappointed Romans when he ran up the track in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 2 at Santa Anita, but the Kentucky native remains convinced of Medal Count’s ability.            

“He has a lot of room to improve,” Romans said after the colt’s win. “He has all the natural talent in the world.”            

Romans also offered progress reports on a trio of colts owned by Donegal Racing. Cleburne and Smart Cover completed the $500.00 exacta for the syndicate in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill on September 7, only to be sidelined thereafter. Culprit broke his maiden in his third start on October 27, but faded to eighth in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) on November 30.            

“They’re coming along well,” Romans said. “All three of them are doing good and are pointing in the right direction. We just have to speed it up a little.”            

Culprit, a son of Street Sense, has recorded three five-furlong workouts since arriving at Gulfstream in mid-December.             

“He’s not far from a race—he’s probably one work away,” Romans noted.            

Cleburne was forced to miss the Breeders’ Cup with an injury.            

“He cracked his shin a little bit; it was very minor,” Romans said. “He’s back in training and he’ll be on the worktab soon.”            

Smart Cover sustained a saucer fracture after the Iroquois.             

“He’s been training a little longer (than Cleburne) and he’ll be breezing in the next week or so,” Romans added.   

 

Smart Cover  |  Medal Count  |  Culprit  |  Cleburne  |  Dale L. Romans  |  Donegal Racing  |  Gulfstream Park  |   |   |   |   |   |   | 
comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories