kicked off the graded stakes schedule at Aqueduct Racetrack's fall meet
in impressive fashion on Saturday, taking charge at the top of the
stretch and going to a 9 ¼-length victory over Norumbega in the 69th
running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery Handicap for 3-year-olds.
Photo: New York Daily News
a confident ride from jockey Jose Ortiz, Romansh ran well off the rail
in third as Midnight Taboo and Vegas No Show led through a quarter mile
in 23.49 seconds and a half in 47.36. Swinging into action on the far
turn, Romansh barreled to the front approaching the quarter pole and was
never threatened as he kicked away to win in 1:48.28 for 1 1/8 miles.
"I was just a passenger," said Ortiz. "I raced in third, outside everybody, and had a beautiful trip. It turned out great."
victory was the second in a stakes for Romansh, who was placed first in
the Curlin on July 26 at Saratoga Race Course and subsequently ran a
creditable fifth, beaten four lengths, in the Grade 1 Travers. Following
a sixth-place effort in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on September 21,
the Bernardini colt was given a brief freshening with the Discovery as
his next target.
were rebuilding," said Pedro Mateo, assistant to winning trainer Tom
Albertrani, of Romansh, for whom Godolphin Stable paid $750,000 at the
2011 Fasig-Tipton yearling sales at Saratoga. "At Parx [Racing] he might
not have liked the track, you never kinow. But he had been training
very well and we were hopeful he would run the way he did over the
summer. We always thought he was a nice horse and now he's maturing."
5-2 second choice in the field of eight, Romansh returned $7.90 for a
$2 win bet. With a record of 3-0-1 from seven starts, all in 2013, he
has now earned $283,580.
a length behind Norumbega in third was Micromanage, part of the favored
Repole Stable entry along with Midnight Taboo. Checking in fourth was
Battier, who was followed home by Mr Palmer, Midnight Taboo, Vegas No
Show, and Bad Hombre.