Ticker
  • Far From Over wins his return today at Belmont after more than 16 months away.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Champion Untapable has been retired from racing, according to owner, Ron Winchell.Posted 5 days ago
  • Cheekaboo wins a blanket finish in the Honeymoon at 23-1.Posted 5 days ago
  • Donegal Moon scores after Unified comes up empty in the Pegasus Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Ancient Secret just gets up to win the Wild Applause Stakes at Belmont Park.Posted 5 days ago
  • Bradester (9-1) upsets the Stephen Foster (G1) in gate to wire fashionPosted 6 days ago
  • Pleuven (Fr), with a stalking move, wins the Wise Dan (G2) at 7-1Posted 6 days ago
  • Paid Up Subscriber (6-1) rallies and draws off to win the Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2)Posted 6 days ago
  • Songbird (1-9) stays unbeaten in the Summertime Oaks (G2) at Santa Anita.Posted 6 days ago
  • Gun Runner (1-9) goes gate to wire to easily take the Matt Winn (G3).Posted 6 days ago

Romans Mulls Options for Quick Wit

31 January 2009: Trainer Dale Romans at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

Dale Romans might have been a little tired after flying from Chicago back to Saratoga, but any fatigue Sunday morning was overshadowed by the afterglow of winning one of the most important races of his career.

 

On Saturday, the Romans-trained Little Mike stretched his speed to 1 ¼ miles and stunned a field of top turf runners to win the Grade 1 Arlington Million. Little Mike ran the distance in 2:02.44 under new rider Ramon Dominguez to win by 1 ½ lengths.

 

“One of the biggest wins of my career,” Romans said in his office at Saratoga. “He just keeps on cruising. I backed him down in distance in California [when third in the Grade 1 Shoemaker at a mile on June 30 at Betfair Hollywood Park ], and it didn’t work out. His best race was a mile and an eighth at Churchill Downs, so I figured, why not a mile and a quarter?”

 

Romans also finished second in the Grade 1 Secretariat for 3-year-olds at Arlington with Finnegans Wake.

 

Another 3-year-old in the barn, Quick Wit, is still a long-shot possibility for the August 25 Travers. Quick Wit upset the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame – a turf race that was moved to the main track – on August 10 last time out.

 

Quick Wit has won on turf and dirt, and Romans doesn’t appear compelled to make an early commitment. 

 

“We’ll probably run back here on the turf [in the Grade 3 Saranac, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds on September 2], but we’ll keep the Travers option open until entry day to see how the field shapes up,” he said. “It looks like it could be a big field. If that’s the case, we won’t run.”

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories