, runaway winner of the Discovery Handicap (G3) in his last
start, will open his 4-year-old campaign in the $500,000 Donn Handicap
(G1) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 9.
“He’s more mature now as an older horse,” trainer Tom Albertrani
said. “He’s doing fine and he’s been working well, so we feel very good
about running him in the Donn.”
Owned by Darley Stud Management, Romansh was unraced at 2 before
debuting last March at Gulfstream, where he pressed the pace but tired
to finish fourth of 10 in a seven-furlong maiden event.
He broke his maiden in May and ran second as the favorite in the
Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in July, where he stumbled twice
at the break and raced wide before being promoted to the win following
the disqualification of Darley entrymate Transparent.
From there, Romansh was fifth, beaten four lengths by Will Take
Charge in the Travers (G1), and sixth behind the eventual 3-year-old
male champion in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) before getting a short
“He had a pretty light 3-year-old campaign and it
looked like he was making some forward steps after every race,”
Albertrani said. “We always had high regard for the horse, but things
were moving along a little quick for him so we gave him a little break.
He came back and ran a huge race last time out.”
In the Discovery, Romansh settled off the leaders before taking
command at the quarter pole and sprinting clear for a 9 ¼-length score
in 1:48.28 for 1 1/8 miles, same distance as the Donn.
“We’re looking at a horse that’s maturing and could be a very
talented older horse for us,” Albertrani said. “That’s why we’re
pointing for the Donn, just kind of knowing the horse and looking at
what he accomplished in his last race. He ran huge that day, so we’re
hoping he makes a move forward off of that.”
Romansh will see a familiar face in the Donn in Will Take Charge,
making his season debut for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Other
horses targeting the Donn are graded stakes winners Lea, Revolutionary
and River Seven.
“He wasn’t beaten very far in the Travers and he ran well,”
Albertrani said. “He had only run four times prior to that and we were
kind of moving forward a little too quick with him, but we always
thought the horse could compete in those kinds of races. That’s why
we’re hoping a year later he’s going to mature even more and go